Apple has been granted a patent (number 20210021903) for a “TV side bar user interface” that reveals work on future live TV viewing features in its Apple TV app. Apple’s patent application illustration displays the schedule for broadcast, cable, and/or satellite TV.
Here’s the summary of the patent: “A media content provider includes storage for storing and serving video content to subscribers. The media content provider records and or otherwise stores video content from around the world. Subscribers are provided a user interface to the system that includes a side bar. The side bar includes multiple elements representing different categories of video content. By selecting a given category, available content is filtered according to the selected category and presented.
“Content which is presented may include live broadcast video for multiple channels on multiple television networks or other content providers. The side bar may further include a collection category specific to a given viewer. Selection of such a category may display video content within the collection. Subcategories in the side bar may be selected for further filtering of available content.
MacDailyNews Take: After the unfortunate demise of Sony PlayStation Vue, we ended up switching to YouTube TV, which is not as good as PlayStation Vue, and which we’re loathe to use as it’s from privacy-trampling Google, but it has contracts to display certain networks that we like to have for live TV (NFL Redzone, for one example). We’d love to be able to drop it in favor of adding a live TV option to our Apple One subscription with a better interface than YouTube TV offers.