Apple TV is Adding Dolby Atmos Audio, 3rd Party Remotes, & More



The company's streaming video box, CNET's favorite for Apple fans and big spenders, will roll out a new feature called "zero sign-on" as part of the update to tvOS 12, coming this fall.

Now, 3 party remotes have worked with the Apple TV but have not had the official blessing and support of Apple in the past. There's an Apple TV for that. You will need an Atmos-enabled soundbar, however. Later this year, customers in almost 50 million households will have access to live channels and tens of thousands of on-demand programs via an all-new Spectrum TV app on their Apple TV 4K, iPhone and iPad, seamlessly integrated with Siri and the Apple TV App.

Apple even teamed up with the International Space Station to deliver a new screensaver option that gives an incredibly sharp view of the entire planet.

In March 2018, The New York Times reported that the Cupertino company had outspent Facebook, YouTube, and traditional TV studios in bidding wars for shows and movies, and that since October, Apple Worldwide Video, its entertainment studio, has expanded its staff to roughly 40 people and opened divisions for children's shows, adult dramas, and Latin American and European programming.

Today at WWDC18 Apple announced several new features for Apple TV. Let's say your subscription to Charter Spectrum cable includes ESPN, Nick Jr. and a bunch of other channels.

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Netflix also offers a handful of movies and TV shows with Atmos sound.

Last year, Apple introduced a single sign on system that allows you to use one login instead having to manually log into each video app. Apple is updating that "zero sign on" this year. Aerial screensavers will also be more interactive, allowing viewers to see the location information and swipe between dozens of handsome aerials.

Creston, Savant, and Control4 home control systems will receive updates that allow interoperability with Apple TV devices, Folse told the crowd. It works by detecting your subscription through the broadband connection feeding into the Apple TV.

The Apple TV Remote automatically added to Control Center on iPhone and iPad makes it even easier to control your Apple TV.

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