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Apple TV App 6.0 for Mac Catalina Download Full Free New Version 2022

Apple TV App 6.0 for Mac Catalina Download Full Free New Version 2022

How to use the Apple TV App 6.0 for Mac Download 2022

Apple TV App 6.0 for Mac, the TV app, Apple’s central location for all of your favorite movies and TV shows. From here, you can just press play on your favorite library or channel titles to watch them from a dedicated app. Now, that app is coming to your Mac with macOS Catalina. Progress in your shows and movies will be synced across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, so you can pick up where you left off no matter which device you were watching on last.

The single biggest difference between the Mac version of the TV app and that on other platforms comes down to apps. On iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, the TV app integrates with a number of third-party apps like Hulu and NBC to bring all of your favorite content together in one place. Because these services often don’t offer standalone apps for the macOS, however, you won’t see their content in the TV app for Mac.

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How to watch Apple TV 6.0 on a Mac

If you want to watch the new Apple TV+ shows on your big screen Mac, use the TV app on your MacBook, or just stream from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac’s screen, we’ll show you how

There are three Apple TVs: the Apple TV, the Apple TV app, and the Apple TV+ Streaming Service. Which ever one you are trying to find out about, we will endeavour to address your questions below. If you want to run the TV app on your Mac, we’ll tell you how; if you want to get the Apple TV+ streaming shows on your Mac look no further; and if you are looking for a way to plug your Apple TV into your Mac, we’ll discuss that too. We even discuss a way to stream the content on your iPhone, e.g. photos, to your Mac’s screen. So we have hopefully got you all covered!

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Apple TV 6.0 and the Mac

When we first wrote this story the Apple TV was a gadget for streaming photos and videos from your iPad, iPhone or Mac to a TV screen. It could also be used to watch streaming services on your TV via various apps you could get on the Apple TV store, including Netflix, iPlayer, and so on. Then Apple introduced the TV app on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, and finding something to watch on those Apple products became even easier, because you could just search for a show and find out which of your various subscription services and on demand channels had it.

There are still people looking for a way to hook up an iPhone or iPad to their Mac so that they can stream from the iOS device to the Mac, so we will look at that too.

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How to get the TV app, and Apple TV+ on the Mac

In October 2019 Apple finally introduced the TV app on the Mac with the arrival of macOS Catalina. If you install Catalina you will get the TV app, and with it access to the new TV+ streaming service that launched on 1 November 2019.

If you want to get the TV ap on your Mac then you’ll need to install Catalina on a Mac that supports Catalina.

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These Macs support Catalina:

  • MacBook models from early 2015 or later
  • MacBook Pro models from mid-2012 or later
  • Mac mini models from late 2012 or later
  • MacBook Air models from mid-2012 or later
  • iMac models from late 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro models from late 2013

If you want to sign up for the Apple TV+ subscription service you will be able to do so within the TV app, including getting the first 7 days for free on a trial. Also, if you have bought a new Mac, iPhone or iPad recently you can qualify for a whole year of TV+ for free! Otherwise, it’s £4.99/$4.99 a month.

How to use the TV app 6.0 on the Mac

The TV app, along with the new Music app which also arrived in Catalina, replaces iTunes on your Mac. It contains all the movies and programmes have previously bought from the iTunes Store, links to shows and movies you might like that can be accessed in various different apps and streaming services (not just Apple’s) and Channels, which are third-party streaming services you can sign up for within the TV app.

We feel that the TV app is a little more limited on the Mac than it is on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV because there are fewer Mac apps for viewing content in. For example, if you search for Peppa Pig on the iPhone TV app you will see numerous options under How to Watch including My 5, Netflix, Buy from iTunes, Prime Video. But in the TV app on the Mac the only option is to buy the seasons from Apple.

This might change if third-party streaming services make apps for the Mac. This could be a bi-product of Apple making it easier to convert iPad apps to the Mac. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

It’s easy to buy and rent from the iTunes Store within the new TV app on the Mac. This was always the case though – you could previously access the iTunes Store to purchase and rent movies and the like via the iTunes app.

To open the TV app on the Mac, click on TV logo in your Dock or press Command + Space and start typing TV.

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There are various tabs along the top: Watch Now, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, and Library.

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If you scroll down the page you’ll see Up Next, which is where you can find the shows you are watching; TV+ which showcases the Apple shows and movie; a section of videos showing you how to use the app; a promotion for movies being offered at a discount; New Movies; TV We Love; New and Noteworthy; Buzzowthy TV; Apple TV Channels; More to Explore; and so on.

The thing is that on the Mac these are all different ways to show you content available on the iTunes Store. On the Apple TV set-top-box, iPhone and iPad you’ll see other content from third parties showcased here.

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In the US you might be able to also see shows here that are available on the other streaming services you are signed up for, assuming you signed up to them from within the TV app. But for no, in the UK at least, there are so few services that are signed up as Channels that the content seems very weighted in favour of Apple.

Assuming you do just want to watch something you’ve previouly bought from the iTunes Store, just click on Library you will be invited to sign into your Apple account. Having done so, you will see all your shows and movies you have previously bought on iTunes1x1 pixel

Get Apple TV+ on the Mac

While it’s annoying that the TV app on the Mac doesn’t include all the features of the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV versions, it does at least offer the new shows being distributed by Apple via its Apple TV+ streaming service.

Signing up to the Apple TV+ streaming service on the Mac is easy.

  1. Just scroll to the TV+ section and click on Try it Free.
  2. Choose your show from those on offer (The Morning Show, See, Dickinson, etc)
  3. Click on Play Episode.
  4. Your trial will commence as soon as you start streaming.
  5. After the end of the trial you will be signed up to the subscription package for £4.99/$4.99 a year.

How to stream content from an iPad or iPhone to your Mac

It’s not just the content available on the Apple TV that you might want to be able to watch on your Mac though. Perhaps you have an iPad or iPhone and you’d like to stream content from that to the screen on your Mac. You may well want to do that if your TV screen is smaller than that of your 27in iMac.

Luckily there are a few options for streaming from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, so, while you can’t use the Apple TV interface on your Mac yet, you can pretty much stream all the same content to it.

You might be forgiven for thinking it would be possible to stream content from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using AirPlay. After all, AirPlay is available on all three devices and is what allows you to stream from your iPhone or iPad to your TV via the Apple TV. So the fact that you can’t easily stream content from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac does seem like an odd omission.

Luckily it is possible to stream from an iOS device to a Mac, but to do so you need to install an app on your Mac.

There are a couple you could choose from, AirServer or Reflector, we look at both below.


Reflector, which you can download has a free 7-day trial, or costs $14.99. It lets you mirror your iPhone, iPad to the screen of your Mac (and other devices).

  1. Download and install the Reflector software on your Mac (you will see a message warning you about installing it, but since we know it to be a legitimate app you should be alright to go ahead and open it).
  2. If you are just using the trial you can click on Try Reflector 3. Otherwise, purchase the software and enter the licence key. (If you use the trial version you’ll see watermarks and it will time out after seven days).
  3. You won’t see an interface appear, but you should see the Reflector icon in the dock and the Reflector options should appear in the menu. You don’t need to do anything here though.
  4. With Reflector running on your Mac, turn to your iPhone or iPad, open whatever it is you want to stream and tap on the Share icon (the one that’s a square with an arrow coming out of it).
  5. Choose AirPlay.
  6. You will now see the option to stream to your Mac, which you will be able to do as soon as you enter the AirPlay code which will appear on your Mac’s screen.


AirServer has a free 14-day trial which also has a watermark – although this time the watermark isn’t quite so intrusive.

  1. Download and install – as above you will need to approve the app before it installs since it’s not downloaded from the Mac App Store. You may also have to allow AirServer to ‘Control your Computer’ in Security & Privacy settings.
  2. Again, you won’t see an interface, this time the only indication that AirSever is running on your Mac is an icon in the menu bar that looks a little like the AirDrop or share icons on a Mac.
  3. Now, if you open your iPhone and iPad and find the thing you wish to stream to your Mac, tap on the Share icon, and choose AirPlay.
  4. Again, you will see your Mac listed as an option to stream too. Tap on that icon and it will start streaming straight away – without having to enter a code.

How to attach an Apple TV to a Mac

As for using an Apple TV with a Mac, while you can stream content from your Mac to your TV screen via your Apple TV, you can’t stream content from your Apple TV to your Mac.

As we said above, if you happen to have a computer display that has an HDMI port you can connect that to your Apple TV and use that just as you would your TV screen, as we have below.

How to watch a show or movie in the TV app

Watching is what the TV app is for, after all, and getting started is actually very simple.

  1. Open the TV app from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click on a show or movie from Up Next to continue watching it immediately.
  3. Alternatively, scroll down to What to Watch or one of the other TV and movie sections.
  4. Click on your chosen show or movie.
  5. Click Play.

How to watch Apple 6.0 TV+ shows or movies in the TV app

Now that it’s been launched, Apple seems to be treating Apple TV+, the company’s subscription streaming service, as part of its Channel offerings, albeit one that’s a little more prominent because it belongs to Apple. You can play Apple TV content just like you would from any other service or channel integrated into the TV app, and subscribe the same way.

Of course, Apple TV+ is prominently displayed towards the top of the TV app, but it’s also present in the Channels section after you subscribe. Here’s how you can quickly jump into any available show on Apple TV+.

  1. Open Apple TV on your Mac.
  2. Two-finger swipe or scroll on the Apple TV+ section under What to Watch.Source: iMore
  3. Click on the show you want to watch.
  4. Click Play or Play Episode.

How to add shows and movies to Up Next in the TV App

Up Next should be your first stop when you’re looking for something to watch. It offers up the latest episodes of your favorite shows, or helps you pick back up with a movie you were watching.

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. Play a movie or TV show in the app. That content will then show up in Up Next the next time you navigate to it.
  3. Alternatively, click on a piece of content in one of the sections under Up Next.
  4. Click Add to Up Next.

How to play a video from your library in the TV app

You’ll no longer need to head to the separate Movies and TV Shows apps to watch your purchased content on the Apple TV.

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. Click Library at the top of the screen.
  3. Click one of the following options in the sidebar:
    • Recently Added: Movies and TV shows which have been recently added to your personal content library.
    • Movies: Your purchased movie collection
    • TV Shows: Your collection of purchased TV shows
    • Downloaded: Movies or shows that you’ve downloaded to your Mac for offline viewing.
    • Genres: Select one of the available genres. Each one features both movies and TV shows classified into that particular genre. What we spell
  4. Click on the movie or show you want to watch.
  5. Click on the play button that appears when you hover over your chosen movie or episode. Your movie or show should download and play.

How to buy movies and TV shows in the TV app

In addition to watching previously-purchased content, you can also buy movies and TV shows within the TV app.

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. Click Movies or TV Shows at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on a title you want to buy or rent.
  4. Click the Buy or Rent buttons when available.
  5. Alternatively, click the search bar.
  6. Enter the name of the title you want.
  7. Click the title in the search results.
  8. Click the Buy or Rent buttons when available.

How to subscribe to channels in the TV app 6.0 

Just as on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, you can subscribe to channels like Showtime, EPIX, and Cinemax.

  1. Open the TV.
  2. Click on a channel to which you want to subscribe under Apple TV Channels.
  3. Click on Try It Free.
  4. Enter your password
  5. Click Buy.
  6. Click Confirm.

You’ll be charged for your first month after your free trial period. Once subscribed to a channel, content recommendations from the channel will appear in the Watch Now section of the TV app.

How to cancel a channel subscription on your Mac

To unsubscribe from a channel or cancel a free trial, you’ll need to head to System Preferences on your Mac.

  1. Open System Preferences from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click Apple ID.
  3. Click Media & Purchases
  4. Click Manage next to Subscriptions.
  5. Click Edit next to the channel subscription on your list of active subscriptions. If you’re canceling during a free trial, it should be towards the bottom of the list.
  6. Click Cancel Subscription.
  7. Click Confirm.

How to manage downloads in the TV app

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. Click TV in the menu bar.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. In the General panel, click the check the box next to Always check for available downloads if you want the app to check for any available downloads such as pre-orders.
  5. Click either (or both) the Movies and TV Shows boxes to only automatically download either movies or TV episodes, or to have both download automatically.
  6. Click the checkbox next to “Checkboxes in Library** so that only items in your library that are checked will sync automatically.
  7. Click the drop-down to choose a new list size.

How to manage video playback settings in the TV app

  1. Open the Apple TV app.
  2. Click TV in the menu bar.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click Playback.
  5. Click on the Streaming Quality drop-down to determine the quality of streaming media between Good or Best Available.
  6. Click on the Download Quality drop-down to determine the quality of streaming media between Up to HD, Up to SD, or Most Compatible Format.
  7. Click the checkboxes to determine if the TV app should download multichannel audio and HDR content where available.
  8. Click the checkbox to determine if the TV app should use your viewing history to make recommendations.

How to manage media files in the TV app

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. Click TV in the menu bar.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click Files.
  5. Click Change… if you want to change the folder where the TV app stores media, or Reset if you’re resetting the folder to its default location.
  6. Select a different folder for Apple TV app media storage using the pop-up window.
  7. Click Open
  8. Back in Preferences, check or uncheck the Keep Media folder organized checkbox to keep your media organized in your chosen library folder.
  9. Check or uncheck the Copy files to Media folder when adding to library so that files you drag into your library are automatically added to your media folder.
  10. Check or uncheck the final checkbox to determine if your movie and TV show files will be deleted automatically after you watch them.

How to set up parental controls in the TV app

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. Click TV in the menu bar.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click Restrictions.
  5. Click the checkboxes to disable or enable the iTunes Store for movie and TV show purchases and shared libraries.
  6. Click the drop-down to choose which country’s rating system to use.
  7. Click the checkboxes to restrict movies and TV shows to certain ratings.
  8. Click the drop-downs to choose the rating maturity limits for movies and TV shows.

How to reset warnings and cache, and clear play history in the TV app

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. Click TV in the menu bar.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Click Reset Warnings.
  6. Click Reset Cache.
  7. Click Clear Play History.


For a while the Mac missed out on the TV app. Apple TV App for Mac was particularly ironic given that many years ago a Mac app called Front Row did basically what the TV app does now: showcased all your movies, TV shows, and music on your Mac. It was strange that Apple didn’t seem to think that people would want to watch this kind of media on the Mac’s amazing Retina display screen. Others might have considered getting a Mac mini to use as a media centre – something that was a popular use for that Mac back in the days of Front Row.

That was why people used to read this story. They wanted to find a way to either get the Apple TV app on their Mac, or to find a way to connect their Apple TV to their Mac for the same reason. But all that has changed for two reasons. First: Apple has bought the TV app to the Mac. And second: with the arrival of Apple’s new streaming service, Apple TV+ there are more people than ever trying to find out how they can watch Apple TV on a Mac.


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