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...]

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...]

Apple TV: 5 Things That Would Make It Awesome

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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...]

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

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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...]

How an Apple Television Could Revolutionize TV and Replace the DVR

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Ever since Steve Jobs biography mentioned that he had cracked the code when it came to creating an integrated Apple television, there has been plenty of conjecture surrounding Apple’s entry into the living room. Sure the AppleTV can be found in a good number of entertainment centers, but it's not much different then a handful of products which offer similar functionality. It’s a great accessory, but it’s more of jack of all trades, master of none. How does Apple go from middling conglomeration of functionality to a truly revolutionary Apple television product. … [Read more...]