Apple Releases tvOS 11.2; Bringing Live Sports and Video Display Mode Switching

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Apple has today released tvOS 11.2 to the public.

We were unable to test tvOS 11.2 prior to today's release; therefore, it is unclear at the time of posting whether blind and low vision users can expect any major changes with this update. With this in mind, if you spot any accessibility-related changes; regressions; or improvements in tvOS 11.2, please do let us know by adding a comment.

According to AppleInsider, the most notable change is the addition of the Sports section to TV:

The "Sports" tab joins the previous options of "Watch Now," "Library," "Store" and "Search." It features quick links to live games and the ability to rewatch games that already occurred.

Users can also select their favorite teams for a range of sports and leagues. The TV app promises users that they will receive an alert when the team is about to play, letting users begin streaming as soon as the game starts. Supported leagues include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball League, college football, men's college basketball and more.

Other, less obvious changes include video display mode switching to match the frame rate and dynamic range of played content, and some user interface refinements.

To install tvOS 11.2, go to the Settings channel then look for the System section near the bottom. From here, look for Software Updates under Maintenance, then select Update Software and Download and Install.

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Submitted by Macky on Monday, December 4, 2017

Can anybody confirm if the navigation issues have been fixed and this update? Many thanks in advance

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Good question. I have not updated because of that reason as well. Navigation has been, to put it politely, horrendous since the new TV OS came out.