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Apple is close to launching single sign-on for Apple TV

The company has handed the feature to beta testers to see how it works in the real world.

Apple wants to take the pain out of turning your Apple TV into a cable box, and is doing so with Single Sign On. It's a system that promises to let you enter the username you use with your TV provider just once, and it'll collate whatever apps and services you can access automatically. It was announced all the way back in June, but only now is the company ready to begin testing the feature publicly.

Both AppleInsider and 9to5Mac are reporting that Single Sign-on has been activated for beta testers using iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1. If you're using those operating systems on the Apple TV, iPhone or iPad, you can head over to the settings pane and enter your provider details to get going. For now, the number of companies listed is limited to four: Dish, GTVC Communications, Hotwire and Sling TV. But now that Apple is letting folks in the real world kick the tires, hopefully it won't be long before we all get to play.

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