2019 continues to be a transformative year for Apple.
More important to Apple's bottom line, the app also will allow users to sign up and pay for channels they do not already subscribe to without creating new passwords or downloading additional apps.
And today, the tech giant is launching its all-new Apple TV app, which brings together the different ways to discover and watch shows, movies, and more in one app.
The new TV app is available in iOS 12.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch starting today, and in tvOS 12.3 for Apple TV.
Apple announced the new TV app as part of its Apple TV+ and broader services announcement in late March. Apple notes that Apple TV will be the "first and only place" where HBO subscribers can download movies and shows such as the about-to-conclude Game of Thrones.
The TV app's legacy integrations may not offer the same level of experience as something like channels or Apple's own library of content, but they remain a solid way to centralize as much of your TV watching as possible in one app, and using the one unified Up Next queue. More will be added over time, including CBS All-Access and Smithsonian Channel.
The new version of the app comes ahead of the planned fall launch of Apple TV+, the company's video-subscription service that will be stocked with original TV shows and movies. Sadly we don't know when the Apple TV app will roll out on other devices. HBO Now, for example, costs $14.99 per month via Apple's App Store and Apple TV channels. Also, the Apple TV app features a new, dedicated "Kids" section, curated to showcase shows and movies for children of all ages.
Also starting on May 13, through AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung Smart TVs, customers can seamlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac directly to their Samsung Smart TV. Customers with select Vizio, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to use the the Apple TV app with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year.