A Look At the New TV App in macOS Catalina

When macOS Catalina is released in the fall, it will come with a new TV app. This app takes over the movie and TV show purchasing and rental features from the old iTunes app. You will also use it to access your own video you store in your TV app library, such as ripped DVDs. An important aspect of the TV app will be giving Mac users access to the new Apple TV+ service coming later this year, as well as the ability to subscribe to channels such as HBO, Showtime and CBS through a subscription.

Comments: 13 Responses to “A Look At the New TV App in macOS Catalina”

    Matt
    3 months ago

    Gary, I currently have a large movie library that I stream with Plex today. Ice iTunes due to the more granular security functionality. Do you see the new TV app as a viable alternative to Plex going forward?

    3 months ago

    Matt: I don’t really use Plex, so I can’t answer that. If you like Plex and it continues to do what you want, then why not stick with it? It will be easy to try the TV app for yourself this fall and see if you want to switch.

    Bob
    3 months ago

    Hi Gary,
    You showed the left column in finder for syncing
    our iPhones. Will there still be a ‘tones’ window
    for creating and syncing our own ring/text-tones?

    3 months ago

    Bob: Nope. That appears to be gone. You can still use iCloud Drive (or AirDrop) to get them to your phone, and at least GarageBand to install customer ringtones, though.

    Bob
    3 months ago

    Please make a video demonstrating this/these technique/s.

    Bob
    3 months ago

    Hi Gary,
    re: “Nope. That appears to be gone.
    You can still use iCloud Drive (or AirDrop) to get them to your phone,
    and at least GarageBand to install customer ringtones, though.”
    Can you please find the time to make a video illustrating these techniques?
    Thanks

    Michael Bachman
    2 months ago

    I show in my living room TV my home videos (created by iMovie) in iTunes stored on my iMac.

    Will I be able to do that in the TV app?

    2 months ago

    Michael: Yes, that shouldn’t change. But we’ll have to see once the new tvOS comes out and Catalina is released. I didn’t test it as I don’t have the beta of the new tvOS.

    Brian W
    1 month ago

    Hi, You wrote that with the new TV app, we could view the library as a list rather than as a grid. This is true of TV shows, but not for Movies (or, have I simply not found the key). This is the same as was in iTunes – no list for movies, and one had to choose Episodes to see the TV items in a list.

    John
    1 month ago

    The new apple tv app does not indicate that you have watched anything, which means when you have a list of programs that you are watching (a season of whatever) and you come back to it you have to memorize where you were. They also do not separate seasons of programs, so if you have eight seasons of whatever you have to scroll all the way to the bottom to get to the show you need to watch. There is absolutely NO oversight at apple anymore.

    Wayne
    4 weeks ago

    How do I purchase TV and Movies with SD quality? …default is HD

    4 weeks ago

    Wayne: I don’t think you can. I think it is all just one single way to purchase “a movie” now. But I haven’t tried to look for a lower quality settingZ

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