Apple TV (Vevo channel)

Yesterday, Apple gave would-be shoppers another reason to consider its $99 Apple TV set-top box by adding five new channels from the likes of Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney and Smithsonian. Piggy-backing on the development, a sketchy report by a Star Wars fan website is out saying Disney has been working with Apple on a dedicated Star Wars-themed Apple TV channel.

It should be unleashed time for the holiday season and permit users to stream the final episodes of the animated Clone Wars television series. More on that after the break…

MacRumors passes along a report by Jedi News.

The article is attributed to “unnamed sources” and claims this alleged Star Wars Apple TV “app” will in fact allow viewers to stream the final Clone Wars episodes exclusively digitally, only through the Apple TV and “for a limited period of time”.

In 2014, plans are in an early stage to use the platform to deliver SW7 production news ‘live’ from the sets, followed with Star Wars Rebels in late 2014 taking us all the way through to SW7 release.

Considering Star Wars movies are yet to make it on iTunes, the addition of the Star Wars Apple TV channel could test waters ahead of the supposed iTunes distribution deal involving the Star Wars movie franchise.

Interestingly enough, yesterday’s Apple TV update has added live and on-demand video content from two Disney properties: Disney Channel and Disney XD, along with channels from Smithsonians Institute, Weather Channel and Vevo.

This is in addition to the previous Apple TV programming partners such as Hulu Plus, Netflix, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr and The Wall Street Journal.

It should be noted that Apple and Disney have an interesting connection as late CEO Steve Jobs earned a seat on Disney’s board of directors after selling his animation studio Pixar to the Mickey Mouse house.

And just last year, Disney has acquired Lucasfilm and its Star Wars franchise.

Disney was also the first movie studio to put its movies on the then-new iTunes Movie Store. That the studio’s Walt Disney World has deployed Apple’s iPads with RFID-based Fast Pass ticket system certainly isn’t hurting the developed partnership between the two premium brands.

Moreover, Disney CEO Bob Iger – also an Apple board member – last November bought $1 million worth of Apple shares in an apparent vote of confidence amid Apple’s Wall Street woes.

  • omrishtam

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  • Karl Sullivan

    I have Apple TV and must admit I love it. I would however like to see some of these services arrive in the UK. Here £99 was good value but I feel it’s being overtaken by Other cheaper boxes. Let’s face it the only descent thing available to uk owners is NETFLIX.

    • dpacemaker

      If your jail broken with moviebox it’s really worth it. Is hbo go unavailable in the uk?

      • Karl Sullivan

        If you change location to US you can see the new services. HBO let you view trailers but not the progs. Can’t jailbreak it’s a 3rd gen box. Thanks for you message tho.

      • dpacemaker

        I’m saying if you have a jailbroken idevice with MovieBox. You have to have HBO on your cable service to use it on the Apple TV. If you change your country to the U.S does it mess with anything you use?

      • Karl Sullivan

        Pretty much everything. I do pay for an American proxy so I can view the US Netflix which is far better thank the uk version.

  • Either Apple Needs to add an App Store with Amazon Instant available, or Roku needs to add AirPlay. The first one to do so, wins. And I’ll take two.