Apple TV App Said to Add Live Sports Integration in December


Back in September, when Apple officially unveiled the Apple TV 4K (and iPhone X), the company also confirmed some important additions coming to the Apple TV app.

Along with the app rolling out to other countries, and bringing in local networks to support it, Apple also announced that the Apple TV app would be getting support for live sports content as well. Apple demonstrated the feature earlier this year, and showed how notifications can give viewers a head’s up that a game is close, or that their favorite team has scored. The live feature will work in conjunction with third-party apps like ESPN.

Now, according to information gathered from an unnamed source, 9to5Mac reports that the live sports feature could launch for the Apple TV app as soon as early December. Specifically, the report indicates that Apple is planning on rolling out the feature with the arrival of iOS 11.2, which could launch sometime around December 4. The new feature’s arrival would also likely correspond with the launch of tvOS 11.2 as well.

The TV app will also be gaining a new dedicated tab for sports, and it will populate each sport based on what’s being played at the time. So, for instance, if it’s hockey season, you’ll see that populated near the top for easy accessibility. As other sports come into season, the category will be updated.

As of right now, the new feature does not appear to be live with the latest developer betas for either iOS 11.2 or tvOS 11.2, but, with the timeframe reportedly set for an early December launch, it may arrive in a subsequent beta seed.

Is live sports integration with the Apple TV app one feature you’ve been looking forward to?

[via 9to5Mac]

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