Apple Seeds tvOS 10.1 Beta 5 to Developers

Apple has just seeded tvOS 10.1 Beta 5 to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fourth tvOS 10.1 beta and over two months after launching tvOS 10.

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tvOS 10.1 introduces the new “TV” app that Apple debuted at its October 27 event. The TV app serves as sort of an Apple-designed television guide, giving customers a way to find and watch TV and movies across multiple devices.

The TV app, which is also available on iOS devices in iOS 10.2, features a dedicated store, recommended content, and the ability to sync shows and movies so you can pick up what you were watching on any of your devices.

Alongside the TV app, tvOS 10.1 also introduces Single Sign-On, a feature that allows Apple TV users to sign in once with their cable credentials to access all available live cable content. Single Sign-On is available for DirecTV, Dish, GVTC Communications, Hotwire, and Sling TV.

To update, developers must have their Apple TV connected to their computer running iTunes via a USB Type-C to USB-A cable. The software can then be downloaded and installed to the Apple TV 4 running tvOS through iTunes or the Apple Configurator. Once that initial beta software has been installed, all subsequent seeds can be downloaded as over-the-air updates.

If anything new is discovered in the latest beta seed, we’ll update this post accordingly.

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