Apple's TV App Adds Direct Access to Live News Channels

10 February, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Apple News Launches Coverage of 2018 Winter Olympics

In addition to the new section on the TV app, Apple has also added Siri functionality that will allow users to access the live streams via voice commands.

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On the main "Watch Now" tab, if you scroll past your "Up Next" queue and the top recommendations, there's a new "News" section. This new section is in partnership with NBC, however, the app will show coverage from a whole range of sources, as well as content created by the Apple News editor. It will also include a planner for people to figure out what is showing when, and let you add events you want to watch to your calendar. There will be a medal tracker and morning roundups so you can easily catch up with what you've missed overnight.

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It is not clear why Apple has chosen to put its Olympics coverage in "For You".

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It's important to note that Apple's TV app is aggregating this content from the agencies' own apps, though, so you'll need to have those installed in order to access their news content within Apple's own entertainment app. I have two guesses. Unless you've already downloaded a given network's app, tapping on any of the channels requires you to download the app, after which live news video will quickly begin playing. On the other hand, the Olympics has mainstream interest and so putting Winter Olympics into the sports section might mean that a wider range of users may never see it.

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