Video

The Apple TV video player lets people enjoy media within your app and is designed uniquely for the touch experience. Its seamless integration with the Siri Remote allows viewers to use fluid, intuitive gestures to move through their media.

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Using the remote, viewers can:

  • Scan quickly through a video by gliding a thumb across the touch surface
  • Skip forward and backward in a video by clicking on the left and right sides of the touch surface
  • Skip forward or backward through chapters by clicking to reveal the video timeline and then clicking on the left and right sides of the touch surface
  • Fast-forward or backward by clicking and holding on the left and right sides of the touch surface
  • Swipe downward to display additional information such as subtitles, chapters, audio tracks, and speaker output options

Use the system video player. The built-in video player is designed to provide an exceptional video playback experience. Its controls are minimal and unobtrusive, keeping the media as the center of attention. Unless your app truly requires a custom video player, use the system video player to produce a consistent media viewing experience across the platform.

Defer to content when displaying logos or noninteractive overlays above video. A small, unobtrusive logo or countdown timer may be appropriate for your video. Avoid large, distracting overlays that don’t contribute to the viewing experience. People care about seeing content without distractions, and will appreciate a clean, uncluttered viewing experience.

Show interactive overlays gracefully. Some videos display interactive overlays, such as quizzes, surveys, and progress check-ins. For the best user experience, implement a minimum delay of 0.5 seconds to pause playing media, and display an interactive overlay. Provide a clear way to dismiss the overlay and resume media playback once user interaction is complete.

Provide additional information when it adds value. Customize a video’s additional information by providing an image, title, description, and other useful information. Generally, restrict this content to eight lines or fewer so that it doesn’t obscure media playback.

Information and resources for streaming video can be found on Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) page. To provide the best experience possible streaming video content to Apple TV, adhere to the requirements and guidelines in HLS Authoring Specification for Apple TV.