Apple iTunes 11.3 Update Adds Support iTunes Extras for HD on Mac, Apple TV

Apple today released iTunes 11.3, a software update that adds support for the 'all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies' on both Apple TV and Macs. iTunes Extras differ based on specific movie releases, but can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director’s commentaries, scenes and more. These are many of the extras often included on DVD and Blu-Ray discs, sadly missing from online purchases, until now. If you had previously purchased a movie on iTunes, you might benefit from all new content.If you own an Apple TV, you'll need to software update version 6.2, if you have not already. With the update in place, you'll gain access to new menus where you'll find new content related to your … [Read more...]

New Apple TV Channels: ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids, Willow TV, Flickr Redesign

Apple TV channels

The selection of channels available on the Apple TV increased yet again today, with several new additions. ABC News joins the previously available Watch ABC, offering news clips, content and other free content. Watch ABC still requires you enter cable subscriber information in order to access TV shows. ABC News lets anyone access content without any sort of login. … [Read more...]

Apple TV: 5 Things That Would Make It Awesome

4th gen Apple TV

Looking at Apple's product lines, the Apple TV stands out as one that has seen little in the way of major features. The user interface has remained the same and the UI design was far from stellar when it was first introduced. From a hardware design perspective, there's not much you can do with a black box. For the most part, it serves its purpose, which is to get lost in a home entertainment center or mounted behind a television. We've seen a continuing stream of new channels and small feature upgrades like being able to hide channels. Having spent extensive time using a Roku, Apple TV and now Amazon Fire TV, it's clear that Apple cannot afford to ship a new model with nothing more than upgraded internals. This might not be the year we get … [Read more...]

Apple TV Driving Serious Revenue, Available Now With $25 iTunes Gift Card

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At an Apple shareholders meeting, CEO Time Cook remarked that the Apple TV was responsible for $1 billion in sales in 2014. That figure includes both hardware and sales of iTunes Store content including movies, music and TV shows. It's hard to discern what percentage of that revenue is a result of Apple TV hardware sales. The last data point regarding units sold was provided in early-2013, when Apple confirmed 13 million units sold. "It’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days," said Cook. … [Read more...]

Amazon Preparing Streaming Set Top Box To Compete With Apple TV

Amazon TV set-top box

Despite offering a plethora of TV, movies and music for sale and rental, Amazon has relied on other companies to shoulder the load when it comes to offering products capable of streaming Amazon content. According to a report from re/code, Amazon is preparing their own proprietary streaming set-top box that will offer Internet TV channels. … [Read more...]

WSJ: Apple TV Plans Being ‘Scaled-Back’

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Plans for the forthcoming next generation Apple TV are being scaled-back, this according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Amid news that Apple had been in negotiations with Time Warner Cable regarding adding new video content to their upcoming set-top box, we are learning that the company had planned loftier plans that would have include its own Internet-based TV service, which would have involved licensing of programming. The type of change that would have caused a shake-up in the industry, similar to big moves Apple has made in the past, notably in the music industry. A seismic move that would have put the company in direct competition with cable companies. … [Read more...]

Apple Negotiating With Time Warner To Bring Video Content To New Apple TV

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There have been a number of reports citing possible changes to the Apple TV that have included support for a new game store, router integration and support for new content. Bloomberg added to the chorus of upcoming changes, adding more information to claims of new content. According to their report, Apple is in negotiations with Time Warner Cable, Inc. and others regarding adding of video content to the new fourth generation set-top box.The new Apple TV could be introduced as early as April, with a formal release not until later in the year, likely before the holidays. As with any new and unreleased product, the dates could change. With this specific product, the release seems highly dependant upon the trajectory of negotiations … [Read more...]

Next generation Apple TV referenced in iOS 7

Apple TV iOS 7 reference

The Apple TV is likely to see a refresh sometime in early 2014. The last product refresh was in March of 2012, when Apple released the third generation with support for 1080p. Various rumors have a new model which will include support for a new content type, support for games and could feature a router integrated into the product. What was once a hobby for Apple, it's now listed as a major product category in the Apple Store next to iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs. The first confirmed existence of new hardware comes today via 9to5mac, who have spotted references to the new hardware in an iOS 7 software build.Within iOS 7, there is a reference to AppleTV4,1, within the Apple TV framework. It apparently refers to AirPlay functionality. … [Read more...]

Reasons Apple Might Include A Built-In Router In Upcoming Apple TV

Apple TV Extreme

Yesterday we saw Apple make modest, yet significant changes to the Apple Store. No longer relegated to an iPod accessory, the Apple TV is now a full-fledged product category. Apple has used words like 'hobby' when discussing the Apple TV, so the move to push it to above the fold is meaningful. The timing is a bit odd. It's not as if the Apple TV, in its current form, offers anything new. It could simply mean that Apple is trying to build awareness of the product line ahead of what could be a major product refresh, one that could include a built-in router. That brings up an even bigger question. What would Apple build a router into the Apple TV? … [Read more...]