Apple TV needs a unified home screen (Member Post)

Apple TV homescreen mock-up
Just imagine. (Mock-up by Joe Rosensteel.)

In my previous column I wrote about the disappointment over the current state of tvOS and the lack of any significant forward movement with the platform. Now I want to focus on one area where I think Apple could substantially revamp and improve the Apple TV interface: a new home screen that unifies the existing home screen and the Apple TV app.

Revising and unifying navigation on tvOS has gone from being sorely needed to being absolutely critical to the platform. Even Amazon, which has had a pretty bad home screen experience for Fire TV users, just heavily refreshed its home screen.

(I wrote most of this this piece just before Amazon announced its revamp… and here it is basically doing what I what I had outlined. You’d think it would be frustrating, but it’s strangely validating. I wish Apple would follow Amazon down this path.)

Over the years, the demands we place on computers connected to our TV have shifted. Here’s what we need today:

  1. The ability to resume the last item watched.
  2. A collection of other items that are in progress, including shows that have new episodes, or media that was partially played on other devices.

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