I'm assuming that Apple TV will have a Ting TV App (even though the current website only mentions Fire TV). If you do pursue the Apple TV route I really hope you look into doing something like this with the remote. Salt is a Swiss telecom company that worked with Apple to create a remote that works with the Apple TV as an alternative to the traditional Siri Remote.
There's currently no remotes on the market that do something like this and I would be cool to see you guys go this route. Definitely a huge desire for something like this b/c older people (my parents) really struggle to use the Siri Remote.