Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR) plans to begin offering Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV 4K to its customers. Charter will also be offering iPhone and iPad to customers as the company grows its mobile presence. Charter joins AT&T's DirecTV Now in the United States, CANAL+ in France and Salt in Switzerland, which have begun offering their customers Apple TV 4K with their services.
Earlier this week, Apple previewed tvOS 12, its operating system for entertainment on the big screen, with support for Dolby Atmos audio, new features to access shows and movies as well as aerials shot from space. With tvOS 12, Apple TV 4K will be certified for both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos 4K HDR visuals and sound.
tvOS 12 features zero sign-on authentication. Apple TV detects the user's broadband network and automatically signs them in to all the supported apps they receive through their subscription. Zero sign-on begins with Charter later this year and will expand to other providers over time.
Additional tvOS 12 features for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation include:
- With iOS 12, users can securely AutoFill passwords from iPhone and iPad to Apple TV to sign in to Apple TV apps.
- The Apple TV Remote will be automatically added to Control Center on iPhone or iPad for Apple TV users.
- Home control systems like Control4, Crestron and Savant can be used to control Apple TV, including using Siri for voice search and control.
The new tvOS will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation.