Sony announced today that customers can now access the Apple TV app on Sony smart TVs to enjoy Apple TV+, Apple TV channels, new and popular movies, and personalised and curated recommendations.
Naturally, if you’re a Sony TV owner and Apple TV+ subscriber, you’d be quite excited by this announcement. Now for the fine print. The app is only coming to select Sony Smart TVs, which means it’s a bit of a roll of the dice as to whether you have the right model.
We’ve seen this happen fairly frequently with apps for TVs and although very frustrating we don’t get comprehensive support, there can often be a good reason for it.
All digital subscription apps for video use some level of digital encryption to ensure the content is extracted and reproduced. This encryption requires a hardware chip to do the decoding and depending on which format is used, you may not have a compatible chip in your TV. It sucks, but the fact there’s a hardware rationalisation for this, may make it a little easier to understand.
The Apple TV app will launch on Sony TV models including Z8H, A8H, X95H, X80H, Z9G, A9G, X95G, X85G, Z9F and A9F during the month of December.
The Apple TV app will begin rolling out today in Australia on Sony’s X9000H series via a software update.
The Apple TV app brings together all the ways to watch shows and movies in one place. The app features Apple TV+; Apple’s new video subscription service offering original shows, movies and documentaries from the world’s most creative storytellers, including “Morning Wars,” “See,” “Defending Jacob,” “Ted Lasso,” “Greyhound,” “The Banker,” “Boys State” and “Beastie Boys Story.”
Also on the Apple TV app, you can subscribe to Apple TV channels, such as 10 All Access, Acorn TV and Mubi, and watch ad-free and on demand, direct