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

Today at WWDC18 Apple announced several new features for Apple TV.

Dolby Atmos

The first major update is the addition of Dolby Atmos audio to the Apple TV 4K. Starting this fall you will be able to add Dolby Atmos devices to your Apple TV. According to apple Atmos sound bars will be available for less than $1,000.

New Remotes

Apple also announced that they are enabling support for select 3rd party remotes. Now if you hate the Apple TV Siri remote, you will be able to pick from select 3rd party remotes that will natively work with your Apple TV. Apple did not list all the partners that they are working with to make new remotes for the Apple TV.

Now, 3rd party remotes have worked with the Apple TV but have not had the official blessing and support of Apple in the past.

100 Video Channels

Apple did announce that the Apple TV app now has more than 100 video channels. These channels include support from networks like Viacom, CBS, NBC, Disney, and Discovery. Now you will need a provider authentication through a pay TV provider to access this content.

Single Sign-On Expanded

Apple announced that they are partnering with select pay-tv providers to expand their single sign-on feature to allow you to install networks apps without the need to log in. Your pay-TV provider will need to partner with Apple to enable this feature.

Cable Box Replacement

Apple also announced that they are allowing cable providers like Spectrum to use the Apple TV as a cable box. Roku has already done this with apps from Comcast and Spectrum that let you stream your cable TV provider through your Roku as a replacement for a set-top box.

Apple did not mention if you will be able to replace all your cable boxes with an Apple TV or if you will still need at least one cable box. Some apps like this still require at least one cable box on your home network.

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