Apple TV rolls out multiview feature in beta for sports fans

by Ana Lopez

Rumors circulating that Apple TV would develop a multiview feature (spotted by developer Steve Moser) come true. Apple will be launching a beta version of the feature on Apple TV 4K tonight during the MLB Friday Night Baseball live stream, has learned.

Users participating in Apple’s beta software program must have tvOS beta version 16.5, which can be downloaded by going to the Settings app and selecting “System,” “Software Updates,” then “Get Beta Updates.”

Apple has not officially announced when multiview will be generally available. There’s no exact timeline yet for when tvOS 16.5 will officially be out of beta.

As first reported by Tom’s guide, the beta feature is currently limited to Apple’s sports offerings: MLS Season Pass and MLB Friday Night Baseball. The feature will be available to MLS fans tomorrow, when matchday 8 kicks off at 7:30 PM ET.

Multiview allows users to watch up to four games at a time, which are displayed on screen in a grid format. To use the feature, viewers can start by watching their game of choice and then select the “Add Game” button.

The multiviewing experience can be customized in many ways – or so we’ve learned – allowing fans to move games around the screen, make one game bigger than the next, or choose to watch two or four evenly spaced screens . If a user wants one game to take up most of the screen, the other games will be stacked to the right.

Fans can also switch between audio via the remote, allowing them to control which game they want to hear.

Similarly, YouTube TV is also testing a limited multiview feature available only to select US users.

Apple’s Friday Night Baseball games are included in the $6.99/month Apple TV+ subscription. However, consumers must pay $12.99 or $14.99 per month for MLS Season Pass, depending on whether they are an Apple TV+ subscriber.

Unlike Friday Night Baseball, which ended the free offering this year, non-subscribers of the MLS Season Pass can watch some MLS games for free.

For Matchday 8, there are five games that fans can watch without signing up for the subscription. This includes Charlotte vs Colorado, Columbus vs New England, Minnesota vs Orlando, Toronto vs Atlanta, and San Jose vs Kansas City.

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