Details Of Upcoming Next Generation Apple TV Revealed

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The next generation Apple TV will get a massive overhaul this summer. According to John Paczkowski, now writing for Buzzfeed News, sources indicate that Apple will utilize their yearly world wide developer conference to introduce the new streaming media player. This comes on the heels of news that Apple was working to finalize a new web-based subscription television service later this year. … [Read more...]

Rumored Apple Web TV Solves Little For Cord Cutters

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Once again, rumors have surfaced regarding the future of Apple TV. The television industry is broken, at least from a consumer perspective. Cable companies continue to rule to the roost. They act as what seems like an unnecessary middle-man, shaking down consumers with excessive packages with hundreds of unwanted channels. All of this controlled by an archaic interface on an often storage constrained DVR. People are desperate for change. We've seen little in the way of change from Apple when it comes to their hobby. Sure there have been a steady stream of new streaming channels, but those aren't unique to their streaming box. They also make the set-up very un-Apple like. Probably the biggest news was their three-month exclusive with HBO … [Read more...]

Apple TV Price Dropped to $69, Becomes Exclusive HBO Now Launch Device

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Amidst the flurry of Apple Watch announcements, was the formal introduction of HBO's new streaming service. HBO Now will be available as a standalone service, providing customers with access to the entire collection of HBO programming for $15 per month. It's groundbreaking in that it won't require a cable or satellite TV contract. The service kicks off in April, just in time for the premiere of Game of Thrones. HBO Now will launch exclusively on the Apple TV. The service will be available on iPads, iPhones and Apple TV only for the first three months. If that wasn't enough to spur interest in the Apple TV, the new lower price makes it a much more attractive option. The third generation Apple TV will now be priced at $69, a $30 drop. This … [Read more...]

Apple TV To Play Role In HomeKit Control

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This week at CES, a large number accessory makers used the event to showcase their Apple compatible products. With the Internet of Things becoming a growing trend, there was a big emphasis on home automation products. Specifically, manufacturers were showcasing outlets, light bulb adapters, locks, power-strips and garage door opens that support Apple's HomeKit. Though they used the event to showcase their products, none have yet to receive the all important MFi (Made for iPhone) certification. In fact, one parter commented that Apple "had a lot of work to do." One common theme was the importance Apple TV will play in HomeKit. … [Read more...]

The Apple TV Setup Process Sucks, But It’s Fixable

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The Apple TV setup process is awful, but it's not any different from the experience on the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google's Nexus Player and any other obscure media streaming box you want to add to the bunch. Having set-up an Xbox One over the weekend, you can add that too. Pretty much everyone is in agreement that cable boxes and the overall TV watching experience is flawed. That's not going to improve anytime soon, but we should demand better from our streaming media boxes. We can all hope that Tim Cook rides in on his white horse with something that magically transforms TV. In the interim, Apple has an opportunity to rise above the crowded field of media streamers. I seem to collect media streamers as if they were Twitter clients. … [Read more...]

NFL Now Channel Hits Apple TV

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As expected, the National Football League has brought its new NFL Now channel to the Apple TV, letting fans catch up on all the latest happenings of their favorite teams and more. As with other new channels, there isn't any you need to do on your end to enable the new channel, other than fire up your Apple TV. So, what can you expect? … [Read more...]

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

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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...]