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 iFun.de, 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

 

Apple reportedly in talks with programmers over new web TV service

By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2015

Apple is in talks with TV programmers in search of a deal that would allow it to launch a new web-based TV service, reports Recode. Citing sources familiar with the project, the site says the Cupertino firm wants to put together standalone channel packages and offer them directly to customers—wrapped within its own interface and user experience.

Recode is hearing the talks are still in the very early stages, so things like pricing and launch dates aren’t anywhere close to being settled, but Apple has shown a demo of the service to programmers. It’s said to look similar to Dish Network’s just-launched Sling service, which offers select channels instead of a broad lineup, and bypasses cable providers. Read More

 

AirWeb turns your Apple TV into a web browser

By Lory Gil on Jan 29, 2015

I use my Apple TV for just about everything, except browsing the Internet. Using my iPhone to mirror the images to my set-top box is a bit confusing and I tend to spend more time looking at my device than I do my television set.

AirWeb – Web Browser for Apple TV hopes to make your browsing experience a little bit easier with a specially designed display that basically turns your iPhone into a touch pad. Read More

 

Opinion: don’t hold your hopes high for next-generation Apple TV this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

Between the bigger iPhones, new and faster iPads, Apple Pay, the Watch and latest versions of iOS and OS X, the Apple TV project appears to remain on the back burner for now.

Whether or not the decision is meant to prevent spreading Apple too thin and keep its engineers focused on products that matter over a longer arc of time is anyone’s guess.

Now, I’m not pretending that I’m privy to Cupertino’s inner workings.

But the fact remains that, for the time being, Apple seems content with simply stuffing the set-top box with new content sources. Yesterday, for example, Apple TV owners saw the addition of Sports Illustrated’s 120 SPORTS network.

Of course, Tim Cook & Co. must do a whole lot more than simply keep adding new channels to the box. Fans, on the other hand, have been keeping their fingers crossed for an Apple TV hardware upgrade sporting a major OS update and new features like DV-R, live TV functionality, an app store to download and play games on it with the use of ‘Made for iPhone’ controllers.

Watchers are now hoping for an Apple TV refresh at WWDC 2015. But if I were you, I wouldn’t hold my hopes high for a major hardware revision to the set-top box in 2015, and here’s why. Read More

 

More than 25 million Apple TVs sold to date, though growth may be slowing

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Forgetting for a minute that Apple obliterated expectations by announcing a truly fantastic 74.5 million iPhone sales while earning an astounding $18 billion in profit, how did the company’s hobby project, the Apple TV, do?

As you may have guessed, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster got that question in during the Q&A section of Apple’s conference call with analyst, to which CEO Tim Cook responded by confirming his company has managed to move about 25 million set-top boxes to date. Read More

 

Apple TV picks up a new channel for Sports Illustrated’s 120 SPORTS network

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

As spotted by MacRumors, Apple TV has just gained a brand new channel with content from Sports Illustrated’s 120 SPORTS network.

120 SPORTS provides on-demand and streaming coverage from major sports networks, including content from the likes of MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA Tour, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NASCAR and leading college leagues.

It’s is an over-the-air update that doesn’t require a restart. If it’s not available on your box yet, choose Software Update in Apple TV’s Settings. The new channel arrives just a few weeks following the addition of the Tennis Channel Everywhere channel to the set-top box. Read More

 

Apple adds Tennis Channel Everywhere to Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Jan 17, 2015

The Apple TV content march continues, as the company has added Tennis Channel Everywhere to the set-top box for tennis lovers.

Previously just an iOS app, the Tennis Channel Everywhere app on the Apple TV extends its functionality to the larger screen. The app streams live matches for $69.99 per year, or if you don’t feel like paying, highlights from some of the recent matches are available to view for free. Read More

 

Bowling Central teams up with your Apple TV for Wii-like bowling action

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2015

Rolocule, the veteran developers behind games like Motion Tennis and Dance Party, is back with perhaps its most ambitious title ever called Bowling Central. At its core, the game offers a stellar mobile bowling experience, with state-of-the-art physics, stunning 3D graphics and over 30 unique challenges. But things get really interesting when you turn on your Apple TV.

Utilizing Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring technology, Bowling Central can stream gameplay footage from your iOS device to your television set by way of Apple TV. This not only gives you a much better view of the game, but it also frees up your iPhone or iPod touch to be used as a controller for what is best described as a Wii-like gaming experience. Here, check out the demo: Read More

 

Apple continues TV content march, adds new Cricket Australia channel

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2015

Cricket Australia launched a new channel on Apple TV this week, reports The Sydney Morning Herald, making it the first sports streaming channel on the set-top box in the country. The move will bring high-definition and exclusive content to fans down under. Read More

 

Apple files another patent for Kinect-like technology for Apple TV, Mac

By Jake Smith on Jan 13, 2015

Apple was granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday that puts new motion-sensing hardware and software to use, much like the Kinect for Xbox One.

The patent describes “three dimensional user interface session control,” essentially, a software UI for use with PrimeSense’s motion-sensing hardware. Read More

 

Apple TV-compatible AllCast media streaming app now available on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

Following a beta on Android that first launched more than a year ago, courtesy of CyanogenMod developer Koushik Dutta, the AllCast content streaming app is now available for the iPhone and iPad.

The software allows you to stream online or locally-stored content such as photos, music and videos to your Apple TV, Roku and a number of other set-top boxes and DLNA-compatible devices, including Amazon’s Fire TV, Sony’s PlayStation console, Microsoft’s Xbox and more.

Moreover, the app supports popular online content sources such as Instagram for photos, as well as Dropbox, Google+ and Google Drive, and is compatible with smart TV brands from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. Read More

 

Many early HomeKit devices require Apple TV for remote Siri features

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2015

Folks looking to take advantage of the onslaught of HomeKit products being introduced at CES this year will need to make sure they have an Apple TV. The Verge is reporting that many of the just-announced HomeKit accessories require the set-top box for select features.

More specifically, the outlet says that new smart home devices from iHome, GridConnect, Chamberlain, Elgato and others require users to have a third-gen Apple TV (running software 7.0 or later) on their network in order to take advantage of Siri remote control capabilities. Read More

 

Watch ABC Apple TV app updated with full-length episodes one week after air

By Jake Smith on Dec 18, 2014

ABC announced on Thursday its Watch ABC app on the Apple TV has been updated with full-length episodes after they air, along with a new bolder, immersive look and feel, more short form video, and a continuous play mode. Read More

 

Gene Munster just won’t give up on Apple TV set, says it’s now two years away

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Famed Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is known for his incorrect predictions on Apple’s long-awaited television set. He’s previously guessed 2012, late-2012, and holiday 2013 as the incorrect launch dates for the new Apple product category. In 2014 he’s remained completely silent on the subject, until his latest appearance at the Business Insider conference.

In an interview published on Wednesday, Munster said he expects the Apple television is now two years away and will be launched in 2016. He’s mum on specific product features, but didn’t mind providing expected sales figures.
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Apple TV gains revamped YouTube app with ads, Dailymotion and other new channels

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

As first noted by Re/code, Apple’s $99 streaming box is getting a flurry of new channels today, including a redesigned YouTube app that for the first time shows ads on the platform which cannot be skipped.

It brings Apple’s device on par with other platforms that have been enjoying YouTube with personalized recommendations, predictive search and all the videos for quite some time now.

In addition to the refreshed YouTube appearance with improved functionality, the set-top box has gained a set of four new channels, including Dailymotion, a video-sharing website owned by French multinational telecommunications corporation Orange. Read More

 

Apple TV seen losing ground to Roku and Google’s Chromecast

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

Apple’s $99 Apple TV box is reportedly losing ground to rivals in the media streaming space, according to a new study by market research firm Parks Associates shared by CNET.

At a time when as much as ten percent of U.S. households with a broadband connection have bought a media-streaming device in the first nine months of this year, Apple’s market share went down to seventeen percent.

As a result of increased competition, the Apple TV fell down to the number three slot, with Roku and Google’s Chromecast holding the #1 and #2 slot, respectively. Read More

 

Apple’s Black Friday kicks off with iTunes Gift Card deals on qualifying purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

Apple this morning kicked off its Black Friday sale with $25-$100 (PRODUCT)RED iTunes Gift Cards on qualifying Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and Beats by Dr. Dre purchases. Once your iTunes Gift Card has been redeemed, you can use your iTunes credit toward any purchase on the iTunes Store, including media and apps.

In addition to donating the proceeds from (RED) apps to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS until December 7, Apple will also automatically donate a portion of retail sales to the Global Fund to support the fight against AIDS. Read More