The Apple TV app can be downloaded through the Google Play store for Android TV, and is available for Android TV devices running Android TV 8 and later with access to the Google Play store already, as per a report by 9to5Google. We tried this on Realme Smart TV 4K 43 (Review), and were able to install and sign in to Apple TV app without a hitch. Content is accessible at up to Ultra-HD resolution, with support for HDR up to Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, as supported by the television itself.
This is a big step from Apple, particularly for users in India where the Android TV platform is a popular one. Many television manufacturers across various price segments use Android TV for their smart TVs, including Sony, Xiaomi, Realme, TCL, Vu, and OnePlus, to name a few. Apple TV will now be accessible on all these devices, allowing streaming of movies available to buy or rent, as well as the Apple TV+ subscription service that is the home to Apple’s critically acclaimed original shows, such as Ted Lasso and The Morning Show.
Apple TV’s key competitors Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ (Disney+Hotstar in India) have been available on the Android TV platform for a while now. Although the app and service was introduced on the Amazon Fire TV platform in late 2019, its availability on Android TV has been a long time coming. It also signals Apple’s intent to be viewed more seriously as a provider of services such as music and video streaming for users beyond the Apple hardware ecosystem, rather than exclusively as a manufacturer of hardware.