MDM deployment is difficult due to the fact that Apple has not yet released their Volume Purchase Program (VPP) for tvOS apps. Without VPP, we have to resort to using In-House App distribution via MDM.
We are working on a process by which we (TRMS) sign a custom app on your organization’s behalf by acting as an invited "Admin" on your organization’s Apple Developer Enterprise Account portal. This would allow TRMS to create a customized app that is signed with your org's enterprise certificates. This app can then be distributed as an In-House app via your organization’s MDM solution.
Unfortunately, there are some strict requirements for this method:
If you are interested in pursing MDM deployment option with us, and you can meet all of the requirements listed above, let us know, and our Technical Account Manager will reach out soon with next steps.
Q: Can’t you just send me your app as an .ipa file?
A: No. All apps that are distributed via MDM must be “signed” by the organization that created the app. Based on our understanding of Apple’s terms and conditions, we cannot share our organization’s signed app with another organization. And you are not allowed to use MDM to distribute an app signed by a different organization. Those are the rules of the road for Apple, as we understand them.
Q: What happens when VPP is released for tvOS?
A: You will be able to make bulk purchases on the tvOS App Store (including the Carousel Player for Apple TV app!) and distribute those apps via your MDM solution. The In-House App distribution method will no longer be needed to deploy the Carousel Player app to your organization’s Apple TVs. Any organization that worked with us to used the In-House App Distribution method will be transitioned to VPP as soon as possible.
It may take some time for your MDM solution to introduce support VPP for tvOS, so watch for product update announcements from both Apple and your MDM solution provider.
Q: When will VPP be released for tvOS?
A: Apple generally does not share their product roadmap. Unfortunately we have no insight into when we will see VPP for tvOS.