Updated TV app available in beta on Apple TV 3, HD, 4K; includes channels with free trial


Apple’s updated TV app won’t be ready for the public until May, but beta testers can test out the new experience starting today. The redesigned TV app is included in current betas of iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

You can even try the new Channels feature with free trials. Apple TV Channels lets you subscribe to video streaming services like Showtime and Starz directly through the TV app. No need to download any channel app from app store.

In today’s beta, Apple TV Channels supports four services: Showtime, Starz, The Smithsonian Channel, and Tastemade. More services will work with the channels, including HBO and CBS in the future.

During the beta period, you can actually test out the new Channels feature using a free trial with each of the services, although billing will start after the free trial period – no special beta privileges.

Apple’s new TV app also features a new section dedicated to family content in the Kids tab. This section curates age-appropriate movies and TV shows based on familiar characters.

Content shown here is taken from TV-enabled apps, including Amazon Prime. However, the app still kicks you out to watch the video in partner apps unless you subscribe to the service through the Channels feature.

Apple’s new TV app will eventually launch on smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG and Vizio, as well as streaming boxes from Roku and FireTV. Later this fall, Macs will also get the new Apple TV app for video streaming.

The Apple TV app will also host Apple TV+, the upcoming original content streaming service also launching later this fall.

Still have a third-generation Apple TV? There’s also a new Software Developer Beta for Apple’s discontinued streaming box, which also includes the new TV app experience. Here’s what it looks like:

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