Apple launches Amazon Channels, offers downloads for HBO content

Apple launches Amazon Channels, offers downloads for HBO content

The big deal with the new Apple TV app (right now, at least) is that you'll be able to subscribe to various channels right from within the Apple TV app, which theoretically should make things easier on everyone.

While lacking in features, the initial release of iOS 12 brought about a notable performance improvement on older iPhones and Apple ensured that the same level of performance and smoothness was available on subsequent releases as well.

Samsung today announced an automatic firmware update that brings Apple's AirPlay 2 wireless streaming platform and the Apple TV app to all of its 2019 smart TVs and some 2018 models.

In the United States, its roster of paid channels includes HBO, Starz, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Epix, Tastemade, and MTV Hits. Apple has even thought about the kids in the family with a "Kids" section that features curated content for children of all ages. While Apple TV+ isn't quite ready for its public release yet - that will have wait until for a few more months - the building block are in place with iOS 12.3.

Apple has rolled out iOS 12.3 and it's all about delivering a fresh new experience for Apple TV. Support for Vizio, LG, and Sony TVs is coming later this year, and support for Roku and Fire TV devices is in the works as well. However, before you can use Apple Pay, you'll have to head to Settings / iTunes & App Store, select your Apple ID email and than choose View Apple ID / Manage Payments / Add Payment Method.

Apple says that the all-new Apple TV app is available from today for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV customers in over 100 countries, and will be available on Mac this autumn.

If you were holding back on upgrading to iOS 12.3 thinking it could negatively affect the performance of your old iPhone or iPad, you can now upgrade to it without any worries.

In Norway Amazon Prime Video, Apple Music, Arte, Bloomberg, C More, Canal Digital, Cheddar, Classix, Dplay, Euronews, Garage, Hayu, HBO Nordic, Love Nature, Mubi, MUTV, Red Bull TV, TV 2 Nyhetskanalen, TV2 Sumo, Viafree, Viaplay, and Viki. In the News app, you'll get the ability to "follow a magazine from the Apple News+ catalog browsing view". See this discussion in TidBITS Talk for more details.

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