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Published on November 29th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


Apple’s TV app adds live sports section to tvOS 11.2 (first TV screenshots)

Apple launched Wednesday the sports section in its TV app to directly tie to live sports events for instant viewing. The feature is available on Apple TV devices running the beta of tvOS 11.2.

The new Sports section is visible as a tab option at the top of Apple’s TV app. The first program listings tied to events are from ESPN and the National Basketball Association.

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The first screenshots of the sports section of the TV app show basic details of games and an in-progress score.

An alert option of when games are about to begin and an ‘on’ or ‘off’ setting to show in-progress sports scores can be found in the TV app section of the settings app.

Early indications in the testing of the TV app do not indicate that sports scores are being updated in real time. While some sports are browsable during their regular season, professional hockey in America is not one of them.

TV app sports 3Settings to show alerts and sports scores can be found in the TV app section of the settings app.

Favorite teams can also be selected to easily follow upcoming games. The favorite team selections can be chosen by sports and leagues at the bottom of the main sports page.

TV app sports 4Favorites teams can be selected by their logo to be advised of upcoming games.

First announced in September, the addition of sports listings linked directly to live games will be part of programming schedules from various networks.

Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, hinted at the new sports listing feature in September during a keynote address for new Apple products, including the debut of the Apple TV 4K device.

“If you’re a huge sports fan like I am, you’re really gonna love this feature,” Cue said in September. “Sports in the TV app is a real game changer for sports fans.”

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