In the last major iOS and Apple TVOS update, a new feature came allowing users to use one app to sign on to various TV subscriptions. Using your pay TV login, you can use it to singly sign into various apps like ABC, AMC, CBS, Comedy Central, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Fox, HGTV, Lifetime, Showtime and others.

Now ESPN will be joining the iOS single-on. In the latest update, the iCloud Keychain will allow users to authenticate through settings which will work on all connected iCloud devices. This works for both the ESPN and WatchESPN app.

Not only that, the ESPN iOS app will support Chromecasting, allowing you to stream video from your iPhone or iPad to a Chromecast-connected television set.

According to 9 to 5 Mac, here are some other features for the ESPN iOS app:

  • Video Docking: Swipe down on any video you are playing to use the rest of the app while watching.
  • Enhanced Golf Leaderboard: Follow round by round coverage of every tournament with our redesigned leaderboards, featuring enhanced player and course statistics.
  • Australia Edition: Looking for AFL news coverage? Switch to the Australia edition in settings to get the best sports coverage from down under.

So this will reduce you having to sign-on every time you use the app. So making the sign-on’s more efficient will make for easier viewing with one less authentication.

[9 to 5 Mac]

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He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.