Apple releases tvOS 11.2 with auto mode switching, live Sports section

05 Dec 2017 | Rasmus Larsen |

Apple has released tvOS 11.2, which introduces automatic video mode switching for frame rate and dynamic range (SDR/HDR) on Apple TV 4K. The update also introduces a live sports section to the ‘TV’ app.

tvOS 11.2 for Apple TV 4K

The most important new features are only available on Apple TV 4K. These options allow Apple TV 4K to automatically match its output to the frame rate and dynamic range (SDR / HDR10 / Dolby Vision) of the content. The options are off by default because it involves a short black screen whenever switching.

- “Starting with tvOS 11.2, Apple TV 4K can automatically switch video display modes to match the native frame rate and dynamic range of video content,” the company said.

You can watch this video for a quick introduction to the new features. It was filmed while using one of the first betas so Apple and developers have made further refinements. The app Infuse mentioned in the video has been updated to support auto mode switching. Apps that use Apple's default video player in tvOS already work.



 Apple TV 4K mode switching



Sports section, Unwatched category

The tvOS 11.2 update introduces a new Sports section to the ‘TV’ app in the US. The new section will highlight live sports from ESPN, with more partners coming later.

Apple launched the ‘TV’ app as a unified user interface for multiple services. Netflix has so far declined to participate but other partners such as HBO allow integration. Amazon will also support the TV app when the app launches on tvOS later this year.

Lastly, tvOS 11.2 restores the Unwatched category in Home Sharing.

The update is rolling out globally now.



Share on:


Latest news

Vive Wireless Adapter

HTC's wireless Vive VR adapter will cost $300 / €345

21 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |
HGIG

Sony, Microsoft form interest group to improve HDR gaming experience

20 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |
LG wallpaper OLED

Sales of OLED TVs more than double in one year

17 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |
HDMI ARC

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) and eARC explained

17 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |
Philips OLED903

Philips OLED903 has a built-in B&W soundbar

16 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |
Matrix Trilogy

The Matrix trilogy will be re-released in 4K Dolby Vision & Atmos

15 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |
EISA 2018-19

Winners: EISA Awards 2018-2019

15 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |
Samsung N950 Atmos

Samsung's new N950 & N850 soundbars have Dolby Atmos & DTS:X

14 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |