So the TV app replaces the old videos app and it’s a bit confusing. All the TV shows (and movies) on my phone are things I have loaded up manually (ie not iTunes Purchases).
So the ‘Watch Now’ Tab seems to make sense, but it crosses multiple platforms so it will be interesting to see how useful it is. I’ve already seen content on iTunes/Stan that I would have to pay for show up in the lists, which is fine if you have subscriptions (or don’t mind paying for everything) but is just frustrating if most of the results are not relevant. It would be great if there was a way to hide content that I don’t already own (or can’t access for free).
The ‘Library’ tab is showing “recently purchased” TV and Movies, although these are things I have loaded rather than actual purchases through iTunes (although maybe it really means ‘recently added’). We will see if this changes as I sync in new content over time (rather than what was already on the phone before the upgrade).
Interestingly it now lets me watch videos in portrait mode, with WILD letterboxing of course, you can even double tap to expand the video to fill the portrait screen which is even totally useless with 16:9 video since you lose most of it. Why you would want these options is another question, but hey, new features are new features
The store tab does what it says on the box and includes pointers to SBS, ABC, 7, 9 and 10 apps. Clicking on them takes you to the app store to download those apps, they appear to show up just like they used to as stand-alone entities. Using the ‘Watch Now’ tab and clicking play on something available on SBS seems to just jump into the SBS app, which makes the TV app seem less useful… especially if you don’t want to pay through iTunes or Stan. I haven’t had time to see if any of the other broadcasters will integrate into TV, I assume if they don’t now, they will be able to if they choose. I do note that there is a message that says Apple is collecting information on what you watch including through SBS. Through the others too? Maybe? Probably?