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Apple's single sign-on feature gains nearly 440 new providers

Apple's running list of providers offering support for single sign-on streaming authentication grew exponentially this week with the addition of 438 cable and satellite television companies, including firms offering services in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.




Exactly when the massive feature expansion went live is unknown, and Apple has yet to publicly announce the changes.

An official support document covering single sign-on availability, last updated in July, says only 24 providers support the feature. However, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV owners running the latest version of iOS 10 or tvOS 10 can access what appears to be a revised carrier listing from the Settings app. The complete searchable catalog can be found in Settings > TV Provider on iOS and Settings > Accounts > TV Provider > Sign In on tvOS.

The apparent expansion focuses on smaller regional providers, but also brings more U.S. territories into the fold with Guam's Docomo Pacific and the Virgin Islands' Innovative Cable TV now listed as supporting services.

Announced in June 2016, and launched in December, single sign-on allows pay TV subscribers to log in to third-party video streaming apps using one set of credentials. The feature addresses a major pain point suffered by avid streamers.

Without single sign-on, users are forced to enter their cable or satellite TV credentials with each new app download. For example, subscribers of HBO and Disney would have to authenticate the HBO Now and Watch Disney apps, respectively, using a login supplied by their provider. This cumbersome process must be repeated on each owned iOS and tvOS device.

Not coincidentally, single sign-on debuted just one week prior to Apple's "TV app," which acts as a content gathering, discovery and viewing hub for supported streaming apps, the iTunes Store and purchased media.

Apple's authentication service still lacks integration with major providers Comcast, Spectrum, Verizon, AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber. The latest iOS 11 beta release includes those carriers, along with others, in the TV Providers section of the Settings app, suggesting support is incoming.

The full list of new additions:

  • Access Montana
  • AcenTek
  • Acme Communications
  • Adams Cable Service
  • Albany Mutual Telephone
  • Algona Municipal Utilities
  • All West Communications
  • Allen's Communications
  • Alliance Communications
  • Allo Communications
  • Alpine Communications
  • American Broadband
  • America Broadband Missouri
  • American Community Networks
  • American Warrior Networks
  • Amherst Telephone/Tomorrow Valley
  • Andycable
  • Arkwest Communications
  • Arthur Mutual Telephone Company
  • Arvig
  • ATC Broadband
  • ATC Communications
  • ATMC
  • Ayersville Communications
  • Baldwin Lightstream
  • Ballard TV
  • Bardstown Cable TV
  • Bay Country Communications
  • Beach Cable
  • Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone
  • Beaver Valley Cable
  • Bee Line Cable
  • Beehive Broadband
  • BELD
  • Bellevue Municipal Cable
  • Ben Lomand Connect/BLTV
  • Benton Cablevision
  • BEVCOMM
  • Big Sandy Broadband
  • Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative
  • Blue Stream
  • Blue Valley Tele-Communications
  • Brandenburg Telephone Co.
  • Bristol Tennessee Essential Services
  • Broadstripe
  • BTC Communications
  • BTC Vision — Nahunta
  • Bullcoh Telephone Cooperative
  • Butler-Bremer Communications
  • BVU OptiNet
  • C Spire SNAP
  • Cable Services Inc.
  • CableAmerica
  • CableSouth Media 3
  • Cam-Tel Company
  • Cameron Communications
  • CapRock Tv
  • Carnegie Cable
  • Carolina Mountain Cablevision
  • CAS Cable
  • CASSCOMM
  • Cataline Broadband Solutions
  • CC Communications
  • Cedar Falls Utilities
  • Celect-Bloomer Telephone Area
  • Celect-Bruce Telephone Area
  • Celect-Citizens Connected Area
  • Celect-Elmwook/Spring Valley Area
  • Celect-Mosaic Telecom
  • Celect-West WI Telephone Area
  • CentraCom
  • Chaparral CableVision
  • Chariton Valley Communication Corporation
  • Chatmoss Cablevision
  • Chesapeake Bay Communications
  • Chesnee Communications
  • Cim-Tel Cable, LLC.
  • Citizens Cablevision — Floyd, VA
  • Citizens Cablevision, Inc.
  • Citizens Fiber
  • Citizens Mutual
  • Citizens Telephone Corporation
  • City of Monroe
  • CityLink
  • Citynet
  • CL Tel
  • Clarence Telephone and Cedar Communications
  • Clear Choice Communications
  • Clear Creek Communications
  • Click! Cable TV
  • CLICK1.NET
  • CML Telephone Cooperative Association
  • CNS
  • Co-Mo Connect
  • Coast Communications
  • Cobalt TV (Mid-State Community TV)
  • Columbia Power & Water Sytems
  • Communications 1 Cablevision, Inc.
  • Community Cable & Broadband
  • Community Communications Company
  • commZoom
  • Complete Communication Services
  • ComSouth Telesys
  • Consolidated
  • Conway Corporation
  • Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities
  • Coon Valley Telecommunications Inc
  • Cooperative Telephone Company
  • Country Cablevision, Inc.
  • CP-TEL
  • Craw-Kan Telephone
  • Crestview Cable Communications
  • Cross TV
  • Crosslake Communications
  • CTC — Brainerd MN
  • CTV-Beam - East Alabama
  • Cunningham Telephone & Cable
  • D&P Communications
  • Dakota Central
  • Darien Communications
  • Delta Telephone Company
  • DiamondNet
  • Direct Communications
  • DirectLink
  • Docomo Pacific
  • Doylestown Cable TV
  • DRN
  • DTC
  • DTC Cable (Delhi)
  • Dumont Telephone Company
  • Dunkerton Telephone Cooperative
  • Duo County Telecom
  • Eagle Communications
  • East Arkansas Cable TV
  • Easton Velocity
  • EATEL Video, LLC
  • ECTA
  • Emery Telcom Video LLC
  • Empire Access
  • Endeavor Communications
  • Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation
  • enTouch
  • EPB Smartnet
  • EPlus Broadband
  • ETC
  • Etex Communications
  • F&B Communications
  • Falcon Broadband
  • FamilyView CableVision
  • Farmers Mutual Telephone Company
  • Fayetteville Public Utilities
  • fibrant
  • FJ Communications
  • Flint River Communications
  • Foothills Communications
  • Forsyth CableNet
  • Frankfort Plant Board
  • Franklin Telephone Company
  • Full Channel, Inc.
  • Garden Valley - GVTV
  • Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association
  • GBT Communications, Inc.
  • GCI
  • Genuine Telecom
  • Giant Communications
  • Gigabit Minnesota
  • Glasgow EPB
  • Glenwood Telecommunications
  • GLW Broadband Inc.
  • Golden West Cablevision
  • Grantsburg Telcom
  • Great Plains Communications
  • GreatWave Communications
  • Greenlight Community Broadband
  • Gridley Cable Inc
  • H&B Cable Services
  • Haefele TV Inc.
  • Halstad Telephone Company
  • Harlan Municipal Utilities
  • Hart Communications
  • Hartelco TV
  • HBC
  • Heart of Iowa Communications Cooperative
  • Heartland Technology
  • Hickory Telephone Company
  • Highland Media
  • Hilliary Communications
  • Hinton CATV Co.
  • HomeTel Entertainment, Inc.
  • Hood Canal Communications
  • Hope - Prescott Cable TV
  • Horizon Cable TV, Inc.
  • Horizon Chillicothe Telephone
  • HTC Communications Co. —IL
  • HTC Communications, Inc. —IA
  • Huxley Communications
  • ImOn Communications
  • Independence Telecommunications
  • Industry I-Net
  • Inland Networks
  • Innovative Cable TV St Croix
  • Innovative Cable TV St Thomas-St John
  • Inside Connect Cable
  • Integra Telecom
  • Intelliwave Broadband
  • Inter Mountain Cable
  • Interstate Telecommunications Coop
  • Irvine Cable
  • Jaguar Communications
  • K2 Communications
  • Kalida Telephone Company, Inc.
  • Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company
  • Kaptel
  • Keystone Communications
  • KMTelecom
  • KPU Telecommunications
  • Kuhn Communications, Inc.
  • Lakeland Communications
  • Langco
  • Lavalle Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
  • Lehigh Valley Cooperative Telephone
  • LHTC Broadband
  • Limestone Cable/Bracken Cable
  • Lincolnvillle Communications
  • LISCO
  • Litestream
  • Livcom
  • LocalTel Communications
  • Longview - Kilgore Cable TV
  • Lonsdale Video Ventures, LLC
  • Lost Nation-Elwood Telephone Co.
  • Lumos Networks
  • LUS Fiber
  • Madison Communications
  • Madison County Cable Inc.
  • Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Company
  • McClure Telephone Co.
  • Merrimac Communications Ltd.
  • Metronet
  • MHTC
  • Mid-Hudson Cable
  • Mid-Rivers Communications
  • Midstate Communications
  • MIDTEL
  • Milford Communications
  • MINET
  • Mitchell Telecom
  • MLGC
  • Mon-Cre TVE
  • Mountain Telephone
  • Mountain Village Cable
  • MTA Communications, LLC
  • MTC Cable
  • MTC Communications/McDonough Telephone Cooperative
  • MTC Technologies
  • MTCC
  • MTCO Communications
  • Mulberry Telecommunications
  • Murray Electric System
  • MUS FiberNET
  • Muscatine Power & Water
  • NCC
  • NDTC
  • Nebraska Central Telecom, Inc.
  • Nelsonville TV Cable
  • Nemont
  • New Hope Telephone Cooperative
  • NICP
  • NineStar Connect
  • NKTelco
  • NNTV
  • Nortex Communications
  • North Central Telephone Cooperative
  • Northwest Communications
  • Norvade
  • Norwood Light Broadband
  • Nsight Telservices
  • Ntec
  • NTS Communications
  • NU-Telecom
  • NuLink
  • NVC
  • OmniTel Communications
  • OneSource Communications
  • Opelika Power Services
  • Optic Communications
  • OptiLink
  • OPTURA
  • OTEC Communication Company
  • Packerland Broadband
  • Panora Telco/Guthrie Center Communications
  • Park Region Telephone and Otter Tail Telcom
  • Partner Communications Cooperative
  • Pathway
  • Paul Bunyan Communications
  • Pembroke Telephone Company
  • Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative
  • PES Energize
  • Philippi Communications System
  • Phonoscope Cable
  • Pine
  • Pine Belt Communications, Inc.
  • Pine Bluff Cable TV
  • Pineland Telephone Cooperative
  • Pinpoint Communications
  • Pioneer Broadband
  • Pioneer Communications
  • Pioneer DTV
  • Plant TiftNet, Inc.
  • PLWC
  • PMT
  • Polar Cablevision
  • Pottawatomie Telephone Co.
  • Premiere Communications
  • PSC
  • PTCI
  • QCOL
  • Quality Cablevision
  • Radcliffe Telephone Company
  • Rainbow Communications
  • Rainier Connect
  • Ralls Technologies
  • Randolph Communications
  • RC Technologies
  • Red River Communications
  • Reedsburg Utility Commission
  • Reliance Connects —Oregon
  • Reserve Telecommunications
  • Resort TV Cable
  • Richland Grant Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
  • Ripley Cable
  • Ritter Communications
  • River Valley Telecommunications Coop
  • Rock Port Cablevision
  • RS Fiber
  • RTC Communication Corp
  • RTC Communications/Daviess Martin
  • RTC Digital Television
  • RTC-Reservation Telephone Coop.
  • RTEC Communications
  • S&T
  • San Bruno Cable TV
  • Santel
  • SCI Broadband-Savage Communications
  • Scottsboro Electric Power Board
  • Scranton Telephone Company
  • SELCO
  • Sherwood Mutual Telephone Association
  • Siver Star Communications
  • Sister Lakes Cable
  • Sjoberg's Inc.
  • Skitter TV
  • Skitter TV — Galva
  • SKT
  • SkyBest TV
  • Solarus
  • South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative
  • South Hold Cablevision, Inc.
  • South Slope Cooperative Communications
  • Spanish Fork Community Network
  • Spencer Municipal Utilities
  • Spillway Communications, Inc.
  • SRT
  • STaC-Tv
  • Stanley Cablevision
  • Star Communications
  • STE
  • STRATA Networks
  • Summit BroadbandSumner Cable TV
  • Surry TV/PCSI TV
  • Swayzee Communications
  • Sweetwater Cable Television Co
  • Tahlequah Cable TV
  • TCT
  • Tele-Media Company
  • The Community Agency
  • Three River
  • Town & Country Technologies
  • Trans-Video
  • Trenton TV Cable Company
  • Tri Country Communications Cooperative
  • TriCounty Telecom
  • TrioTel Communications, Inc.
  • Troy Cablevision, Inc.
  • TSC
  • Tullahoma Utilities Authority
  • TV Cable of Rensselaer
  • TVC Cable
  • TVision
  • Twin Lakes
  • Twin Valley
  • Union Telephone Company
  • United Communications — TN
  • United Services
  • USA Communications
  • USA Communications/Shellsburg, IA
  • Valley TeleCom Group
  • Valley Telecommunications
  • Valparaiso Broadband
  • ValuNet Fiber
  • Velocity.Net
  • Venture Communications Cooperative, Inc.
  • Venus Telephone Corp
  • Vernon Communications Co-op
  • Vicksburg Video
  • Vision Communications
  • Volcano Vision, Inc.
  • VolFirst/BLTV
  • VTel
  • Wabash Communications Coop
  • Wabash Mutual Telephone
  • Waitsfield Cable
  • Walnut Communications
  • Waverly Communications Utility
  • WBI
  • Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association
  • West Alabama TV Cable
  • West Carolina Communications
  • West Central Telephone Association
  • West River Cooperative Telephone Company
  • WesTel Systems
  • Western Iowa Networks
  • White County Cable TV
  • Wiatel
  • Wiktel
  • Wilkes Communications, Inc./RiverStreet Networks
  • Wilson Communications
  • Windomnet/SMBS
  • Windstream Cable TV
  • Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association
  • WTC
  • WTC Communications, Inc.
  • Wyandotte Cable
  • XIT Communications
  • Yadtel Telecom
  • Yelcot Communications
  • yondoo
  • Zito Media