Select models of Samsung smart TVs - all 2019 models and certain 2018 models - will receive a firmware update today that includes both the TV app and the debut of AirPlay 2 support, which enables sending videos from an iOS device to your Samsung TV.
Through the new app, users will be greeted by the "Watch Now" and "Up Next" features, allowing customers to keep track of all the TV shows and movies that they're watching.
Owners of the updated Samsung smart TVs can subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app, paying for only the ones they want, and watch on-demand content directly in the app. Some 100,000-plus movie and TV titles from iTunes have also been added to the app, including purchased titles called out in a new Library tab.
In a twist even more shocking than anything Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss could muster, Apple also updated the third-generation Apple TV to give it the new Apple TV app. More will be added over time, including CBS All-Access and Smithsonian Channel.
The Apple TV app is where the Apple TV+ service, with Apple's original programming, will be found when it launches this autumn. This includes fixing an issue that prevents the Apple TV Remote from responding on supported receivers as well as dropped call problems with WiFi calling. The Watch Now section in this new app features Up Next, where users can quickly find and watch their favorites with activity synced across devices, as well as explore expertly curated collections based on a secure and comprehensive understanding of users' viewing interests.
The redesigned Apple TV app arrived with the iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 software updates, bringing the Apple TV Channels announced back in March, as well as an improved design, personalized recommendations, and more. Select Samsung smart TVs also get AirPlay 2 support from today.
Apple is also now selling direct subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Starz, and a dozen other video services.