Disney-funded Littlstar brings immersive 360-degree video to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2015

A Disney-backed virtual reality company, Littlstar, today launched an app for Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV box that lets users immerse themselves in a wide range of 360 video content from well-known brands, such as Showtime, Disney, Discovery, Fusion, PBS, Mountain Dew, National Geographic and Red Bull.

The app lets users control the videos’ angles using the Touch surface on the Siri Remote. Just like Littlstar’s other apps on the web, mobile and in virtual reality headsets (like the Samsung Gear VR), their Apple TV app lets your rotate videos in full 360 degrees. Read More


VLC launches full support for iOS 9, watchOS 2, SMB and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2015

Cross-platform media player by VideoLAN, called VLC, has been rewritten from the ground up for watchOS 2. And on the iOS side, VLC comes with many new features.

VLC plays a variety of video/audio files in non-iOS-friendly formats without conversion, including MKV movies.

The app also includes support for multiple audio tracks with 5.1 surround sound and subtitle tracks. In addition, VLC for iOS has dropped support for iOS 6.1 and now requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0+.

UPDATE: The post originally stated that VLC is now available on the new Apple TV. Regrettably, that announcement was an oversight on part of VideoLAN, which has since removed mentions of the Apple TV app from their release notes. Read More


Score a new Apple TV (32GB) for only $99 at local Radio Shack stores

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 19, 2015

If you’re like me, the most surprising thing about that headline might be that Radio Shack brick and mortar stores still exist. But they do, and if you have one near you, you may be able to score Apple’s recently released Apple TV 4 for only $99. That’s a cool $50 off the retail price of the 32GB model.

This is a great deal, and it’s by far the cheapest we’ve seen the new Apple TV going for. If you’ve yet to upgrade, now would be the time to seriously consider doing so. Read More


How to access changelog for Apple TV app updates

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015

Whilst browsing the App Store in desktop iTunes or via your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you now get a notation for iOS apps that are also available on the fourth-generation Apple TV, but that’s about it.

The iOS App Store, for example, doesn’t permit you to view screenshots of Apple TV apps nor does it provide version history or changelogs.

If you’re like me, you want to learn about any changes as your favorite Apple TV apps get updated so you don’t miss out on cool new features.

In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to browse recently updated apps on the Apple TV 4 and access official changelogs from developers which typically provide a treasure trove of information detailing new features, refinements, fixes and other items of interest. Read More


BBC iPlayer now available on Apple TV 4

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015

BBC iPlayer, the on-demand application for watching live television channels and exclusive content from BBC, is now available on the 4th generation Apple TV.

“Christmas is a popular time for viewers to come to BBC iPlayer, as they unwrap new devices and browse and discover the BBC’s fantastic Christmas programs,” said iPlayer chief Dan Taylor-Watt.

“With the launch of iPlayer on new Apple TV, I’m delighted we’ve been able to give people another way of accessing the full breadth and range of BBC programs.” Read More


Infuse for Apple TV gets its first update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015

Infuse 4 for tvOS, the Apple TV edition of the powerful media player for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, was updated last evening in the App Store following its debut on the fourth-generation Apple TV earlier this month.

For starters, the app now claims up to ten times faster metadata fetching (depending on the video type), which should drastically reduce the waiting time when Infuse initially scans a newly added network disk. Read More


How to control your Mac with the Siri Remote

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 12, 2015

Better Touch Tool, one of the most useful power-user utilities available for OS X, has been updated to include support for Siri Remote control. The update, which is currently available as an alpha version download, lets you control your mouse with the Siri Remote, as well as assign shortcuts and mouse clicks to the Touch Surface and each of the remote’s buttons. Read More


Universal apps with Apple TV support now being recognized on the App Store

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 11, 2015

It looks as if Apple is beginning to roll a feature that will help identify universal apps on the App Store featuring Apple TV compatibility. As first spotted by iFun.de and picked up by MacRumors, the feature appears to still be in the roll out phase.

Apps with Apple TV support are currently displaying a SF.UniversalAppleTV notation on the app’s Details page in the App Store, but that appears to be a placeholder that will eventually be replaced with a simple “Apple TV”. Read More


How to set up Apple TV screensaver with photos from your computer

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2015

The new Apple TV introduced Apple’s fantastic new Aerial screensaver: a rotating selection of high-resolution footage of major cities from around the world, captured beautifully in smooth slow-motion by a very expensive drone.

It’s in addition to existing screensavers—such as Apple Photos, National Geographic and My Photos—that have been present on the set-top box since the 2nd gen model.

But did you know that you can also stream digital photos stored on your computer to the Apple TV? In this tutorial, we’ll be covering setting up your Apple TV and desktop iTunes so that you can create a screensaver with photos from your computer. Read More


Pandora launches app for the new Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2015

Pandora on Wednesday launched an application for the new Apple TV. You can find it by navigating to the App Store in tvOS, and scrolling through the Featured page where Apple currently has the app highlighted in the ‘Best New Apps’ category.

The new tvOS client is obviously somewhat limited compared to its iOS counterpart, but it will allow you to sign into your Pandora account and listen to your customized Radio stations. You can also access tabs like Create Station and Now Playing. Read More


How to control your Apple TV and iTunes content with Remote app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2015

As of yesterday, Apple’s Remote app supports the latest, fourth-generation Apple TV. Better yet, Apple has confirmed that an all-new remote software is in the works—the full replacement for the Siri Remote’s functionality. But until it arrives, owners of the new Apple TV will have to make do with the good ol’ Remote app.

In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to make Remote work with your Apple TV like a charm. We’ll detail controlling the set-top box—and desktop iTunes— with Remote, explain how to peck with the iPhone’s virtual keyboard instead of Apple TV’s ridiculous two-line keyboard and teach you a few other tricks worth knowing. Read More


Apple: much-improved Remote app with full Siri Remote functionality in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2015

Apple’s fours-generation Apple TV is getting a proper remote app described as a viable replacement for the bundled Siri Remote, John Paczkowski, Managing Editor with BuzzFeed News, wrote this morning.

In an interview with Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Paczkowski learned that a much-improved remote app for the Apple TV 4 is currently in the works. Read More


Apple posts new Apple TV ad highlighting ‘the future of television’

By Matthew Miller on Dec 8, 2015

Just a few hours after releasing a new update for the Apple TV that, among other things, brought back support for the Remote app, Apple has tonight released a new commercial for the Apple TV on their YouTube channel. This ad is different than the ones they released last month, as they focus more on the experience of using the Apple TV itself, not just specific apps or games. Read More


At last, Remote app now works with Apple TV 4

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2015

Apple today released tvOS 9.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV, the second software update for the set-top box since its October 2015 debut, and the question that has been on the Internet’s collective mind since is, does it now support Apple’s own Remote app?

While I haven’t had a chance to install and test tvOS 9.1 yet, web reports claim that tvOS 9.1 indeed includes compatibility with the Remote app, as well as Siri search support for Apple Music, a feature that was present in tvOS betas.

But it gets even better: if you own an Apple Watch, you can use its built-in Remote app to navigate the entirety of the tvOS interface right from your wrist. Read More


tvOS 9.1 software update for Apple TV 4 now available

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2015

In addition to releasing the second major update to El Capitan and iOS 92 with  Safari View Controller enhancements, Arabic Siri support and other improvements, Apple this morning also posted a matching software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Marking the second software update since the new Apple TV’s debut in October of this year, tvOS 9.1 (build 13U85) is a bug-fix update which includes a couple of fixes for the most pressing issues reported by users. Read More


Rumor: Apple TV 5 with ‘dramatically improved’ CPU and ‘new functions’ due in early-2016

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2015

The fourth-generation Apple TV has been available for less than two months and already talk is turning to a next-generation model.

A new report by DigiTimes, a hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication, cites unnamed supply chain sources as saying that a fifth-generation Apple TV with a brand new CPU and a heat-dissipation solution is entering into trial production in December and volume production in the first quarter of 2016. Read More


Oceanhorn gets iCloud save compatibility with Apple TV, flashier graphics on iPad Pro and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

Oceanhorn, the beautifully crafted fantasy adventure game from FDG Mobile Games GbR, has received an essential update in the App Store today. Bumped to version 2.7, this edition fixes the problem with iCloud save files created on the iPhone and iPad not being recognized on the Apple TV.

Those lucky iPad Pro owners will enjoy this update’s ultra quality graphics on their tablet, with an improved world map and environment decoration.

Lastly, Oceanhorn 2.7 sports a better sound engine and fixes various bugs. Read More


Review: Infuse 4 is the ultimate media center software for your Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

It cracks me up that a jailbreak was needed to let Apple TV user enjoy their own media libraries directly on the device—and yet here we are today as FireCore, the same developer behind the aTV Flash(Black), unveils an Apple-sanctioned media player app for the new Apple TV.

As I wrote in my preview a few days ago, Infuse 4 for Apple TV (releasing later today in the App Store) is an awesome app that turns Apple’s fourth-generation set-top box into a powerful, easy-to-use media center.

No longer do you have to worry about video formats, file conversion and subtitles—Infuse 4 for Apple TV takes care of all that jazz, and then some more. The app can stream your media from a Mac or Windows PC, NAS or Wi-Fi drives and even through a server app like Plex, Kodi or Servo.

It automatically fetches movie details and artwork, integrates with trakt.tv for keeping watched progress in sync on multiple devices, retrieves subtitles from OpenSubtitles.org and more.

Most importantly, its powerful decoder renders any “foreign” video format directly on the Apple TV hardware, no conversion needed, in silky smooth sixty frames per second.

What more can you ask for? Read More


Review: SiriMote—control media playback on your Mac with Siri Remote

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use the Siri Remote that came with your new Apple TV to control media applications on your Mac? After all, the remote is Bluetooth-based and Mac itself has robust support for Bluetooth networking.

With SiriMote, a new freeware app, now you can. Created by Vienna, Austria-based Eternal Storms Software’s Matthias Gansrigler, SiriMote lets you control various functions of the Mac using your Apple TV’s Siri Remote. Read More


Twitter announces Digits-based logins coming to Apple TV apps

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2015

Hot on the heels of Facebook’s release of an SDK for tvOS which lets developers create apps with Facebook Login based on eight-digit security codes, Twitter today announced bringing a similar feature of its own to the set-top box.

Digits, Twitter’s own login and verification system based on phone numbers and verification codes, is coming to tvOS. This means that developers can now start writing Apple TV apps that users can log into by entering a short alphanumeric code in Safari on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More