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AppleTV App Beta

When is the AppleTV app Beta going to start, I got an email saying 2nd half of August & not heard anything since. Also will the App be delivered by Apple Test Flight?

Roland

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Techuser_73
Scholar 3

These newer nowtv 4k boxes don't even have bluetooth built in I mean that should be standard if your watching a movie late at night with headphones you cant. The same with the roku streaming stick+. With apple you do as with firetv stick 4k and nvidia shield. It's either done on purpose to cut costs or they just couldnt but yet they can make it 4k.

nst
Expert 3

sure, but when I purchased the NowTV box I want expecting miracles.

 

it was only a stop gap and I needed something compatible with Boost.

 

The reason I spent double (£29) what the stick is (£15) is that the sticks are physically awkward devices and I didnt have the room either side of the HDMI port to accommodate its bulk.

 

However, my expectations were suitably low.  Dont get me wrong its amazing value for money but you get what you pay for.  Its hardly the most snappy or fluid interface.

 

Its not going to waste for me, as I will move the NowTV box to the bedroom TV once the AppleTV app sorts itself out.

 

Fingers crossed its soon.  But all indications don't point favourably to NowTV giving it much TLC or a high priority from their dev team.  If they did, it wouldn't be 4 years old without an update (inexcusable!), and also ALL apps on ALL platforms would have received the appropriate updates simultaneously to support the new Boost service.

 

 

 

 

 

@Techuser_73 Haven’t tried it myself but isn’t the Roku SS+ supposed to have “private listening” via the Roku app running on a device with headphones plugged in?

Techuser_73
Scholar 3

I’m sure it has but don’t have the streaming stick+ just the old black nowtv box and my Apple 4k box. Just gonna have to sit and wait for the new app.

Smackos
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Just to point out, but the Ireland app that is shown on the link posted here a while back shows a red button menu system. Which means that it isn't even taken from the Ireland app at all, just a generic smart TV app similar to LG's being shown. For the whole of the Beta trial the layout of the apple tv app was COMPLETELY different to that supposed Ireland app shown on the store.

fbadini
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Anybody has the Irish app?

@fbadini  My understanding is that you would need an account on the IE Apple App Store to download the IE version of the app, and that even if that's done it will only accept login details for an IE NOW TV account (won't accept login details for a UK NOW TV account).

 

But I'm prepared to be told that I'm wrong about that by someone who has actually managed to download it from the IE Apple App Store, and then login with UK NOW TV account details..

fbadini
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I just wandering if there were some Irish people here

 

BTW I’m Italian and I’m waiting for UK because I think when launched in IE and UK the app will launch also in Italy

@fbadini Ok understood. There may be somebody, who has contributed to this discussion thread, who is in IE and has got the app. Would have to read back through to know for sure though.

Debz65
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I’m in the uk but I have downloaded the Irish app by creating a Irish App Store account, the app is very similar to the app on LG or Samsung smart TVs, a uk now tv account does not work with this app, it’s ridiculous that they can’t release this app in the uk, it’s far better than the original, fingers crossed something gets released soon as the old app is painful 

nst
Expert 3

I think thats most people's thoughts here.

 

If there is a working, updated App publicly available, then why isn't it released generally instead of just one country.

 

There is something definitely odd going on, as this makes no sense.  And as I and others have previously stated, the existing UK app is so far out of date that its unusable so surely a rather desperate candidate for replacement.

 

Also, as I have noted, why not maximise your existing platforms user-base to enable them to purchase the Boost add-on.  Surely this is something that is of interest to a great many people and something that you would want as many as possible to be able to purchase.  £3 extra per customer has to be worth updating an app for surely.... and in time for Christmas??

 

Personally speaking, I find boost great.  Well, relatively speaking of course - its only catching up with the streaming quality that Netflix and Amazon have been doing for years (and overtaken with 4K!).  Having said that I can heartily recommend it because the picture and sound quality is a big improvement.

 

Now, can we please use boost on our platform of choice and not be forced to buy a set top box?

 

 

@Debz65  Thanks for confirming the situation re the IE app & a UK NOW TV account. It’s as I suspected it to be!

Techuser_73
Scholar 3

Yes that’s how they treat customers no communication unreal.

nst
Expert 3

Well, its fair to say we won't be getting the new app before Christmas!

 

Shame on you, NowTV for badly neglecting what I can assume is a significant number of customers who would like this.

Now, by significant I dont mean majority - as clearly not a majority have the apple TV, and also I have to take a guess that next to none are actually using the current NowTV app anyway.  Perhaps thats why they have neglected it so far as their statistics would show that the AppleTV app is the least used app in their 'repertoire'.. (shocking surprise there!)

 

So, financially thats a significant group of customers that would have been very happy to pay them an extra £3 a month, especially over christmas for the Boost function.

In fact I would go so far as to suggest that tomorrow (Christmas day) there will be a very large number of people who have been gifted a NowTV pass... imagine the disappointment with those new customers who excitedly download the app on their AppleTV (an advertised available platform) only to find that it is, basically, not fit for purpose.  These people will either be very disappointed, or in a small number of cases will have another platform available for them to use such as a games console or smartTV app - but they would have preferred to use their appleTV.  Of course... you will also lose them at the end of their free pass... as if the experience has been under par.. there's another potential new paying customer lost.

 

Anyway, shocking lax attitude - and no communication.

 

Look, I know that this is imminent... but releasing it in January seems to be missing the critical Christmas market.

 

As an interesting PS... having spoken to Sky recently im now aware that NowTV is a totally separate entity - nothing to do with Sky.  Sky only provide the content to them.  Interesting and also goes to show that it isn't the big corporation Sky who are responsible for this situation.

fbadini
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The shame is due to the fact such situation is intentional 

 

the IE app si out and does not need to be translated 

 

so it is a will in order to sell as much box as possible in order to host service from other content provider (eg netflix) but to control user data and payments

MarkB1
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Now TV is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sky Limited.  Sky UK Limited is also a wholly owned subsidiary of Sky Limited (along with other country entities).  So technically yes Sky UK is unlikely to have any control of Now TV as they are the same rung in the corporate ladder, but I would expect all subsidiaries of Sky Limited to align to a common strategy for streaming.  How this all fits into Comcast though I have no idea..

fbadini
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Dear Sky plc 

 

now holidays are out... you already sold your hw and promotions

 

please launch new AppleTV app

Anonymous User
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Sorry, Bruv,

Why are you even begging them?, just cancel it and move like I did and watch from far.




nickmorc
Expert 2

Yep, move on. Ditched the Apple Tv and got a Roku Plus. I must admit I have currently cancelled my passes as the content for me is lacking. The current shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime have really been very good lately.

BSMoxham
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Has anyone else received an email about a new trial?

Anonymous User
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I have this morning hopefully that’s good news