Apple's TV app enables live sports, news coverage in Canada

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Apple this week flipped the switch on live sports and news sections in its TV app for Canadian iPhone, iPad and Apple TV owners, granting users access to coverage of the FIFA World Cup and other popular programming.

The new capabilities, spotted by MacRumors on Thursday, integrates live content from a variety of sports and news providers who market streaming apps on the App Store.

According to an Apple support document, which was updated today to reflect the new additions, customers in Canada can now access sports programming from CBC, DAZN, RDS GO, Sportsnet and TSN GO directly from the TV app.

Like Apple's U.S. rollout of the same feature, live sports coverage is collected in a new "Sports" section within the TV app to provide easy access to live and upcoming games. Content is further broken down into categories that include sport, leagues, teams, events and more.

As for news, Apple's TV app integrates live coverage from Bloomberg, CBC TV, Cheddar, CNN and CTV News.

Since the TV app is essentially a repository for streaming content served up by third-party apps, users will need to download a channel or network's iOS or tvOS software to view live content. In some cases, channels charge an extra fee or subscription for over-the-top streaming, though many simply require cable provider authentication.

Apple introduced the TV app to Canadian users last September alongside the release of iOS 11, nearly a year after the app debuted in the U.S.. TV acts as a central hub for browsing, discovering and managing streaming content across a variety of providers and owned media.


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