Apple TV (software)
iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with iOS 10.1 and later
Apple TV (3rd generation and newer) with Apple TV Software 7.3 or tvOS 10.2 or later
Macs with macOS Catalina or later
Select Roku and Amazon Fire TV players
Select subset of smart televisions from Samsung and LG
TV (also known as Apple TV, the Apple TV app, and the TV app)[n 1] is a media player application developed by Apple Inc. It can stream television shows and films from the iTunes Store, the Apple TV Channels a la carte video on demand service, and the Apple TV+ original content subscription service. On iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and tvOS-based Apple TVs. It can also index and access content from linked apps of other video on demand services.
The app was released in the United States on December 12, 2016 with iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 and was rolled out to other countries starting in late 2017. Originally available only on Apple devices running iOS and tvOS, in 2019 it was brought to Mac with macOS Catalina and non-Apple devices such as many Roku players, some Amazon Fire TVs, and certain Samsung and LG smart televisions, and is scheduled to launch on specific smart televisions from Sony and Vizio.
iOS and tvOS versions
TV was announced at an Apple media event on October 27, 2016, and was released in the United States on December 12, 2016 with iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1, replacing the "Videos" application in earlier versions of iOS. It aggregates television shows and movies from the iTunes Store with content from installed partner apps, and can track progress across devices using the same Apple ID. Only content from Apple's services opens inside the TV app, for other content it will open the linked app.
TV received a major redesign following Apple's March 2019 special event, which refocused it as a hub for Apple-distributed video streaming. The new version added support for Apple TV Channels and debuted a new icon similar to the Apple TV hardware icon, replacing the previous icon resembling a television.
TV was added to the pre-tvOS 3rd generation Apple TV in March 2019, though this version lacks the ability to link with other video on demand apps. Picture-in-picture and switching between multiple Apple IDs was added in tvOS 13 to fourth generation and newer Apple TVs.
TV supports 4K, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 on the Apple TV 4K. Dolby Vision and HDR10 are supported on iPad Pros and iPhones[n 2] released in 2017 or later, and Dolby Atmos on 2018 iPad Pros and iPhones.
TV was released with macOS Catalina on October 7, 2019 as one of three applications created to replace iTunes. It supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 on MacBooks released in 2018 or later, while 4K HDR playback is supported on Macs released in 2018 or later when connected to a compatible display.
Apple announced in January 2019 that the TV app would be made available on non-Apple platforms, marking the first time video content from the iTunes Store was available on non-Apple devices other than iTunes on Microsoft Windows. Apple expanding to other platforms has been cited as part the company's concerted effort to expand its service revenues by making recurring monthly charge distributed video content available widely to the public.
It launched on Roku players on October 15, 2019, and is available on models with a 3800 model number or higher. It launched on Amazon Fire TV on October 24, though limited to Fire TV Sticks released in 2016 or later.
Non-Apple devices do not support Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision.
TV is the portal for Apple's Apple TV+ service, featuring original content created for Apple.
Apple TV Channels
Apple TV Channels is a service that aggregates content from popular video on demand a la carte subscription services and is accessed from the TV app. Announced in March 2019, it is designed to simplify subscriptions by making them purchasable and accessible in one video content hub, so the consumer need not use each service's own sign-up mechanism or view the content through each service's own app or website.  It is designed to compete with similar services such as Amazon Channels and Hulu Add-Ons, which similarly make multiple subscription premium networks available in one location. The payment method can also be centralized through Apple's own billing service. Because the content is from paid subscription services, it will be ad-free. Content can also be downloaded to the device for offline viewing, and there is an option to share accounts within families.
Partners include Showtime, HBO, Epix, and CBS All Access. The broad reach of the 1.4 billion Apple devices in use globally, including 900 million iPhones, induced major services, some of which already have their own content distribution systems, to make deals with Apple. Netflix declined to be involved with the service, with CEO Reed Hastings saying that they chose not to integrate its service's programming into Apple TV Channels because "we prefer to have our customers watch our content in our service." Netflix would have received little or no data about viewers from Apple TV Channels. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, during an on-stage discussion with CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin at a fintech event, pushed back on the suggestion that content providers like AT&T's HBO would "not have the same level of access to the data" captured from Apple TV Channels that they currently receive through their own apps and websites to "see what everybody's really watching and be able to make certain decisions", instead insisting that AT&T's digital distribution deals provide it "access to data ... critical to advertising delivery, [ ] critical to marketing".
TV can stream content rented or purchased from the iTunes Store.
Linked video on demand apps
On iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and 4th generation and newer Apple TVs) the TV app can integrate and curate content from supported video on demand apps installed on the device, and can track progress across devices using the same Apple ID. Only content from Apple's services opens inside the TV app, for other content it will open the linked app. Partner apps vary by country. In the United States the TV app supports popular services like Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Go and Now, CBS All Access, and most cable TV Everywhere apps. Support for Netflix is limited; their television shows and films will appear in search results and play, but other features like curation and progress tracking are unavailable.
|United States||December 12, 2016|||
|Australia||September 19, 2017|||
|Norway||October 31, 2017|||
|France||December 8, 2017|||
|Brazil||March 30, 2018|||
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- Referred to as simply "TV" in Apple operating systems, "Apple TV" on non-Apple devices, and the "Apple TV app" or "TV app" on Apple's website.
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 can play HDR10 and Dolby Vision content despite not having an HDR-ready display, done by down-converting the HDR content to fit the display while still having some enhancements to dynamic range, contrast, and wide color gamut compared to standard content.
- Official page for the Apple TV app at apple.com