Apple TV gains NBC Sports Live Extra channel

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

Apple’s $69 set-top box has gained yet another content source with Monday’s addition of the official television channel from NBC Sports Live Extra. It arrived just in time for Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby and during the first round of the National Hockey League’s playoffs.

NBC Sports Live Extra for Apple TV, much like the existing iOS app, delivers “thousands of live sporting events that air on NBC, NBCSN and Golf Channel,” in addition to live video, at no cost.

No cable or satellite subscription is required to enjoy some content, but you’ll need to create an account with the NBC Sports in order to take full advantage of its features. Also, NBC Sports Live Extra users may want to provide their cable subscription details in order to enjoy the vast majority of the more than 3,000 live stream events per year. Read More


Apple takes 15% cut on Apple TV video sign-ups

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2015

Apple’s customary 30 percent cut on content sold through iTunes has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because participators get to enjoy a frictionless payment system without having to host content themselves or cover bandwidth fees.

A curse because some high-profile sstudios wouldn’t bend to Apple’s rules of doing business. But the Cupertino firm may have softened its stance, at least when it comes to the Apple TV, as Re/code revealed Monday that Apple is actually taking a fifteen percent cut for premium Apple TV video networks. Read More


New report offers behind-the-scenes look at Apple-HBO deal

By Cody Lee on Apr 7, 2015

Alongside Tuesday’s launch of HBO’s new standalone streaming service, HBO Now, Fast Company published a wide-ranging interview with the network’s chief executive Richard Plepler. The piece offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Now came about, and more interesting to us, how Apple got involved.

As Plepler tells it, HBO had been working on a streaming service for a few years, with plans to launch in 2016. But due to increasing competition from Netflix, and a looming takeover bid from media mogul Rubert Murdoch, they decided to speed up the timetable. So he gave his old friend Jimmy Iovine a call. Read More


HBO NOW launches on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad with 30-day free trial

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2015

As previously announced at Apple’s March 9 media event, HBO’s online-only subscription services has just launched on Apple’s $69 set-top box, the iPhone, iPad and on the web ahead of the series premiere of its hit show Game of Thrones on April 12.

The video subscription service will be available exclusively on the Apple TV and the iOS platform for a limited time. A free 30-day trial is available if you sign up in April, after which watching HBO NOW will set you back $14.99 each month. Read More


Apple said to currently not have 4K plans for new Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015

So you thought the new 4K television you paid ridiculous amounts of money for during Christmas was going to be supported by Apple soon enough? Sorry bud, maybe a couple more years.

Apple scoopster John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed reports that when Apple’s next-generation Apple TV is released to the market later this year, it will lack 4K video capability, even as the television industry grasps onto the new technology that provides a more detailed and immersive viewing experience. Read More


Apple wants content partners to supply own streams for new TV service, says report

By Jake Smith on Apr 1, 2015

Apple wants content partners to supply their own streams for its upcoming web television service, Recode reports. The Cupertino-based company want the partners to handle not only the responsibility, but also the cost of their own streaming infrastructure for the rumored service.  Read More


New CNNgo channel launches on Apple TV, cable subscription required

By Cody Lee on Mar 25, 2015

CNN announced on Wednesday that its new CNNgo channel is now available on Apple TV. This marks the first Turner brand to launch on Apple’s set-top box, and it features the largest collection of CNN’s on-demand content to date.

In addition to on-demand programming, the channel also offers access to Live TV and shows, such as the popular Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and Anderson Cooper 360. Of course for these things you’ll need cable credentials. Read More


Apple TV gains TED Talks, Tastemade and Young Hollywood channels

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2015

Apple continues adding new content sources to its recently-discounted $69 set-top box at a relentless pace, with news Tuesday that Apple TV owners can now enjoy content from TED Talks, Tastemade and Young Hollywood on their TV sets.

The three new channels were added to Apple’s set-top box in the United States. Just recently, the Apple TV gained UFC, The Scene, Fusion, Daily Motion and other content sources. Read More


Apple rumored to unveil slimmer Apple TV with App Store and Siri in June

By Jake Smith on Mar 20, 2015

John Paczowski of BuzzFeed reports Apple plans to show the rumored, redesigned, Apple TV this June at the World Wide Developers Conference, notably featuring an App Store and Siri. Read More


Discovery, Viacom reportedly negotiating with Apple for spot on web TV service

By Jake Smith on Mar 17, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports Discovery and Viacom are also in talks to join Apple’s internet television service, following the publication’s initial report on Monday detailing the initiative that will stream to the Apple TV. Read More


Apple reportedly offering to share TV data to entice content partners

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2015

Apple is offering to share data with programming partners to get them on board with its rumored streaming TV package, reports the New York Post. The outlet claims that the company is willing to share details such as who its viewers are, what they watch and when they watch them.

This type of information could help programmers better target shows to viewers and advertisers, who are increasingly chasing niche audiences. It also sounds like an about-face from Apple’s current policy, which Tim Cook has frequently touted as a positive, to not share its user data. Read More


NBC gearing up to launch Apple TV channel in second half of 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

The Wall Street Journal’s story alleging Apple is gearing up to launch a web-based television service this fall with 25 cherry-picked channels for $30-$40 per month contains an important caveat: for now, Apple’s talks with programmers about a TV bundle don’t include NBCUniversal.

Be that as it may, a reliable blogger has provided credible evidence that NBC is planning to add its own channel to Apple’s recently discounted $69 set-top box. Read More


WSJ: Apple working to launch Internet TV service in September with 25 channels

By Jake Smith on Mar 16, 2015

The Wall Street Journal is reporting on Monday that Apple is in talks to launch an online television service in September, with roughly 25 channels on board, including big names ABC, CBS, and FOX networks. Read More


Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ keynote video posted to iTunes as downloadable podcast

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

Following yesterday’s “Spring Forward” media event which brought us new Apple Watch details and pricing, an exclusive HBO Now launch on the now-discounted Apple TV, some interesting medical research news and a Retina-enabled twelve-inch MacBook with USB-Type CForce Touch trackpad and silver, space grey and gold finishes, now the whole presentation can be downloaded and kept on your computer in the form of a video podcast. Read More


Apple event recap: everything about Apple Watch, new MacBook, ResearchKit and more

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2015

The sun is beginning to set in Cupertino, which signifies that Apple’s media event day has come and gone. The keynote is over, all announcements have been made, and we now know what the fabled 12-inch MacBook looks like, and how much the golden Apple Watch will cost.

A lot has happened over the past 12 hours, and we understand that it can be tough to keep up with everything throughout the day. So tonight, as we like to do every post-event evening, we’ve put together a roundup telling you everything you need to know about Apple’s big event. Read More


Apple issues updates for OS X, iOS and Apple TV to address ‘FREAK’ attack

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2015

Apple on Monday issued a security update for OS X to address a handful of vulnerabilities, including the high profile SSL flaw known as “FREAK.” Spotlighted last week, the bug allows would-be attackers to spy on communications made through Safari.

More specifically, FREAK stands for Factoring RSA Export Keys, and it affects certain embodiments of web encryption technologies SSL and TLS. If used maliciously, the flaw could leave systems open to what are known as man-in-the-middle attacks. Read More


Apple drops price of Apple TV to just $69

By Jake Smith on Mar 9, 2015

Apple has cut the price of its Apple TV from $99 to $69, following the announcement of HBO Now coming exclusively to the Apple TV in April.

“We would like to make it accessible to more people,” Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said during the company’s “Spring Forward” media event on Monday. Read More


Apple reportedly planning thinner Apple TV with App Store

By Jake Smith on Mar 5, 2015

9to5mac reports Apple is working on a new version of its Apple TV set-top box, which will feature a slimmer profile and finally bring the most sought-after Apple TV feature – the App Store.

The publication, who is often correct in its reporting on Apple, reports that Apple had originally hoped to ship the redesigned Apple TV this month, however it could be delayed until later this year. Apple is said to be working on new content partnerships, like the reported HBO Now, and it could be the company wants to secure a few more before bringing the redesign to market. Read More


HBO to launch ‘HBO Now’ standalone service in April, may have Apple TV as launch partner

By Jake Smith on Mar 4, 2015

HBO is looking to hop onto the Internet TV craze with the launch of a standalone service called “HBO Now” in April, according to the International Business Times.

The publication reports HBO is looking to charge $15 per month for the service, which would offer HBO content like “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire”. It would be the first time customers will be able to access HBO without having to go through a cable or satellite provider. Read More


ABC News expands to Apple TV owners in Germany, France, UK, Sweden and Hungary

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

ABC News, which last year debuted its inaugural Apple TV channel in the U.S., is now available to owners of Apple’s $99 set-top box in Germany, no subscription required. As first noted by German blog, it includes live and recorded shows and local news broadcasts from major U.S. cities.

This includes content from WABC (New York), KABC (Los Angeles), WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia), KGO (San Francisco), KTRK (Houston), WTVD (Raleigh), KFSN (Fresno) and WISN (Milwaukee).

Tipsters have confirmed that ABC News is now also available to Apple TV owners in France, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Sweden and other European countries. Read More