Apple has taken another step towards improving the cord-cutter experience with its new Live Tune-In feature, reports AppleInsider. Using Siri, you can tell your Apple TV which live TV channel you want to watch–assuming you subscribe to it. It’s unclear how apps gain support for this feature, but it currently works with at least the CBS, ESPN, and Disney XD apps. That list will undoubtedly expand rapidly in the coming months.
The list of apps that Siri for Apple TV can now search continues to grow, with the CBS Now app now supported. If you’re looking for the best place to watch The Big Bang Theory or CSI: Cyber, just ask Siri.
The app that lets you subscribe to CBS for $5.99 joins movies and TV shows from iTunes, Disney Channel, Disney Jr, Disney XD, FOXNOW, FXNOW, HBO GO, HBO NOW, Hulu, Nat Geo TV, Netflix, PBS, PBS Kids, SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME Anytime, Starz, and Watch ABC, according to this Apple support article.
Just as sports have been one of the major roadblocks for would-be cord cutters getting rid of their cable, annual editions of sports games are a major force for the console gaming industry. Each year, the new NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL games keep people tied to their consoles, but NBA 2K16 offers a fun alternative for those basketball fans willing to accept some of the limitations.
Continuing with its flurry of comedic ads featuring celebrities, Apple has released a new commercial for the Apple TV featuring nearly-retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan.
In the ad, Michael B. Jordan sits with Kobe Bryant to study him and pick his brain as he prepares to play him in a movie. Kobe uses the Siri Remote to show him highlights from his youth, while Jordan takes it and jumps into The Curious case of Benjamin Button as he comments on Kobe’s age.
Starz, the premium cable channel known for shows like Outlander and Black Sails, is coming to the Apple TV (and iOS) with a new a la carte subscription service.
The Starz Play app offers access to their shows and movies for $9 a month, or for free if you are subscribe via your cable provider. The app also supports universal search via Siri and up to four users simultaneously.
iMore has a useful tutorial on accessibility features in the Apple TV’s interface. While these features are especially useful for folks with different visual impairments, some of them will appeal to anyone who likes a clean interface. Some of the options include:
- Simplified background visuals
- Bold text
- Fewer animations
Definitely worth exploring if you have any gripes about the Apple TV interface!