single sign on iPhone

The much talked-about feature called Single Sign-On now appears to be live and available to the public. You can access it by navigating to Settings > TV Provider on iPhone and Settings > Accounts > TV Provider > Sign In on Apple TV.

While you should see the new feature, not everyone will be able to take advantage of it at this time. Support is currently limited to 8 providers: CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GTA, Hotwire, Hawaiian Telecom, MetroCast, and Sling TV.

single sign on apple tv

For those unfamiliar with Single Sign-On, its purpose is to streamline the streaming experience. Without it, if you install apps like AMC or WatchESPN that require cable credentials, you have to log into each one individually. This is one-and-done.

Not all apps have been updated to work with Single Sign-On yet, but the App Store has a handy section highlighting those that are currently compatible. And Apple today added support for more service providers, so we’ll keep an eye on that as well.

  • If DIRECTV is on there, that gives me hope that AT&T U-Verse will be here soon, which is good for my parents.

  • Zack Morris

    still can’t find a list anywhere of the tv apps that are compatible with single sign on?????

    • triggerhappypunk

      Once you log in to your TV Provider under settings, you will see a “Find More Apps” link, press on that and it will redirect to the App Store with a list of apps available that work with your provider.

      • Zack Morris

        Awesome. Thank you.

  • David Pomerleau

    Woah. How’d they add that without a software update?? Feel like they’ve done something like this in the past but not a whole new settings section. Crazy.

    • triggerhappypunk

      yeah man, that’s creepy!

    • user02310

      in the same way that they can enable your camera and spy on you..

    • It’s a server side update. Quite usual stuff to do for most company. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and pretty much everybody else does that.

      The feature is in the software all along. They just un-hide it. Your iPhone or Apple TV probably periodically checks with Apple’s servers. Once the server says “it’s ok to show that setting,” the software on your iPhone/Apple TV executes and un-hides it.

      That’s obviously a gross simplification of how it actually works, but you get the idea.

      • Icisz

        Similar us up in Canada where we cannot see the news icon, unless we change our region setting, iTunes Radio (in the past), and even the Apple Pay user Interface- during its glacially slow rollout here in Canada. There are indeed many examples of this

  • wwian

    … is this an ios 10 feature?

  • Toxicfume

    No DirecTV Now? 🙁

  • Javier Lopez

    TIL GTA is a television service provider!