Apple TV owners twice as likely to cut the cord than couch potatoes

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2013

So who’s going to cut the cord? Like-minded individuals like yourself – the types who own a Roku, an Apple TV or a similar connected TV device – are twice as likely to ditch the cable compared to broadband users who don’t connect their TV to the Internet.

That’s the gist of a new research into the habits of owners of so-called connected boxes. In addition to set-top boxes, game consoles and Blu-ray players, the definition also includes folks who connect their laptop to a TV with a cable. Unfortunately, cutting the cord is easier said than done… Read More

 

Roku says its set-top box is more popular for streaming than Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2013

A month ago, Frost & Sullivan Consumer Video Devices Market report singled out Apple’s $99 Apple TV as the most-used set-top box in terms of content streaming. Specifically, the Apple TV claimed the commanding 56 percent share of streaming device sales, more than twice the share of the #2 Roku, which took 26 percent share of sales.

Not content with its ranking, Roku today cited another research to prove its box is the leading streaming platform… Read More

 

Vevo Apple TV app reportedly in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2013

Specialized publication AdAge is out with a new report which asserts – based on chit-chats with the obligatory “people familiar with the matter” – that Apple and the Vevo music website (no, I’m not capitalizing the name) have teamed up on providing the official app for the Apple TV to stream music videos 24/7 over the Internet. Akin to the Vevo TV feature found in Vevo’s existing iPhone and iPad programs, the Apple TV application would offer non-stop streaming of music videos from Vevo’s content partners.

Such a piece of software has the potential to effectively turn your $99 set-top box into the MTV jukebox for the 21st century. Keep in mind Vevo controls a catalog of 75,000 music videos from more than 21,000 artists… Read More

 

How to use the new Apple TV beta automatic configuration

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 6, 2013

The new Apple TV beta has an awesome new feature — the ability to automatically configure settings via Bluetooth using an iOS 7 enabled device. We put the new feature through its paces just a few minutes ago, and came away quite impressed.

The new automatic setup feature will save Apple TV users a lot of time, and avoids the need to input tedious passwords and IDs using the little remote control that comes bundled with each set top box. Have a look inside, as we walk you through the entire setup process on video… Read More

 

Apple TV 5.4 Beta 4 seeded to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2013

Along with seeding the fifth iOS 7 beta to its registered developers, Apple has also issued the fourth beta of the upcoming Apple TV 5.4 software update.

The beta firmware files for the second and third-generation Apple TV model, as well as the tweaked third-gen model (Rev A), are now available to the registered members of Apple’s paid developer program through the iOS Dev CenterRead More

 

Best Buy offering free Apple TV with purchase of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2013

If you happen to be in the market for a new Mac laptop, you may want to check out your local Best Buy. Not only has the retailer knocked $200 off the prices of its Retina MacBook Pros, but it’s also now offering a free Apple TV with purchase.

The promotion is good for all 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro purchases, and includes a free third-generation Apple TV at checkout—no mail-in rebates or anything. And between that and the aforementioned discount, that’s a savings of at least $300… Read More

 

Refurbished Apple TV drops down to $75

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2013

Coincidentally or not, the online Apple Store is now offering a refurbished third-generation Apple TV (originally released in March 2012) with a twelve percent discount, bringing its price down to just $75. That’s $24 less than Apple’s standard $99 asking price and a $10 down from its previous refurbished price.

A $75 Apple TV certainly makes the set-top box more competitive in terms of pricing to Google’s just-released Chromecast TV dongle, priced at just $35.

There’s no comparing the two in terms of features: wheres Google’s device only streams web videos (for now) from YouTube, Netflix and Google Play, Apple’s versatile gizmo includes AirPlay, a host of other features and certainly way more content sources such as HBO Go, Sky News, Hulu, ESPN, iTunes, Vimeo and more… Read More

 

Intel’s TV box to include server-side DVR that records everything for at least three days

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2013

We’ve been hearing for months how Intel’s been hard at work developing its own Apple TV contender, which sources claim includes a television service of sorts. Conceivably frustrated enough with “everyone doing a half-assed Google TVs,” the world’s top chip maker reportedly set on to engineer a set-top box itself “and do it right.”

These rumors may soon prove true: according to a new report, Intel aims to turn the industry upside down by introducing supercharged DVR functionality said to tap a powerful server farm that records and stores every piece of programming for at least three days.

Now, TiVo devices have had a similar patented DVR feature called Trick Play for years. But Trick Play doesn’t hold a candle to Intel as it relies on local TiVo storage to record just up to half an hour tops of recently viewed television… Read More

 

Latest Apple TV beta adds music purchasing and ‘touch to setup’

By Cody Lee on Jul 30, 2013

Yesterday, Apple seeded beta 3 of Apple TV 5.4 software. And looking at the change log, it initially appeared that the update was little more than a maintenance update, as there were no new notable features. But a couple of cool things have since been discovered in the release.

For one, it looks like Apple has re-added the ability to purchase music through iTunes—as it stands, users can only purchase TV shows and Movies through iTunes on their Apple TV, and this appears to change that. And two, a new ‘touch to setup’ feature has been added… Read More

 

Netflix’s user profile feature now rolling out to Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Jul 29, 2013

In April of this year, Netflix announced that it would be introducing some new family-oriented features to its video streaming service over the next several months. Among those mentioned was a new $12 family plan, and a new user profile option for multiple accounts.

Netflix hasn’t launched the $12 plan yet, which allows families to stream different shows on up to 4 different devices (instead of 2). But it has started beta testing the personalized profile feature with a number of its users. And tonight, it starting rolling out to Apple TV… Read More

 

Apple seeds Apple TV 5.4 beta 3 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jul 29, 2013

Alongside iOS 7 beta 4, Apple has seeded beta 3 of Apple TV 5.4 software to developers this morning. The update isn’t nearly as expansive as its iOS device counterpart, but it does bring about a number of improvements and bug fixes.

Interestingly enough, the new beta also appears to allow users running iOS 7 to setup their Apple TV with their iPhone or iPad after a full restore or resetting all settings (iPhone 4 and iPad 2 not supported). Release notes after the fold… Read More

 

Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Chromecast content options

By Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2013

On Wednesday this week, Google unveiled a handful of new products. There’s the second generation Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.3, and the Chromecast TV dongle. The latter has proved rather popular, selling out in most online stores within the first 72 hours.

The accessory is very similar to the Apple TV, or the Roku box, as it lets you stream Internet content to your television. That content varies, however, depending on which product you go with. So we thought this breakdown of their differences was worth a look… Read More

 

Apple’s plans for TV growing less ambitious with Time Warner deal

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2013

As we’ve heard a few times over the past month, Apple and Time Warner Cable appear to be very close to inking a deal that would bring a TWC app to the Apple TV’s Home screen. It would mark the first time that the set-top box would be capable of streaming live TV.

Initial details regarding the service have been scarce, but a new report this morning helps add a bit of color. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg warns users not to get too excited, as the TWC app will save them little more than a click of the remote… Read More

 

NYT spells out Apple’s living room strategy

By Ed Sutherland on Jul 18, 2013

Apple’s plans for the living room have rested largely on the Apple TV the company’s leadership continues to call “a hobby project.” While there’s been talk that the tech giant could unveil its own television set, rumors of revamping the television experience have been greeted with industry concern and fruitless negotiations.

However, now comes word Apple wants to be friends with Time Warner, Disney and other content producers – and along the way improve some of the worst aspects of current television viewing.

One result of the partnerships is an upcoming Time Warner Cable Apple TV app that would turn Apple’s $99 set-top box into a channel guide for live and on-demand programming much superior to the clunky software now offered by the distributor… Read More

 

Alien Blue for iPad 2.2 brings Reddit to the Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2013

Reddit, for those who aren’t familiar with the social news and entertainment site, is an interesting place. You can find almost anything there—GIFs, photos, videos, you name it. In fact, most of the viral stuff you see online probably started here.

There are many apps available for browsing the site on your iPhone or iPad, but what about the Apple TV? Don’t you wish sometimes that you could watch that funny video or GIF on the big screen? Well, now you can with Alien Blue for iPad 2.2… Read More

 

Over 50% of all streaming set-top boxes sold are Apple TVs

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2013

According to the latest Frost & Sullivan Consumer Video Devices Market report, the Apple TV currently accounts for more than half of all streaming set-top boxes sold worldwide. That makes it the leader in the space by a long shot, with Roku coming in second at 26%.

The market research outlet posted the report this morning, which details a number of data points including market drivers, restraints to growth, product and pricing trends, and competitive landscape. And Apple’s $99 hockey puck-shaped device came out on top… Read More

 

Apple allegedly proposing ad skipping for upcoming TV service

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2013

It appears that Apple’s long-rumored TV service is alive, and slowly but surely moving forward. According to a new report, Apple has spent the last year seeking rights from cable companies and TV networks for a new Internet television service.

The offering is said to allow users to watch live and on-demand television programming over an Apple-branded set-top box or TV set, and, as claimed by people with knowledge of the project, it could feature the ability to skip TV commercials…

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Target giving away gift cards on iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2013

The United States retailing corporation Target is advertising a promotion where they’re giving away free Target Gift Cards for every qualifying purchase of iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Apple TV device from Apple. Free gift cards range in denominations from $10 to $50 and are good against purchases at the retailer, including iTunes Gift cards which Target has been offering for some time now.

And if you’re planning on getting an iPhone 5 from Target, the retailer just sweetened the deal by throwing in a $25 coupon and reducing the entry-level 16GB model down to $149.99 with a qualifying two-year plan… Read More

 

Is Apple’s magic wand ‘the simplest interface’ for iTV that Steve Jobs envisioned?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2013

As Tim Cook & Co. continue “pulling the string” on the TV space, readers with a keen interest in Apple’s many patent applications are aware of a 2009 filing involving a wand remote of sorts that may include a motion detection component meant for the television interface.

Last June, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) granted that patent. And just last month, another major wand-related patent surfaced in USPTO’s database that could be the magic required to make the TV experience “just work.”

It outlines a remote control containing fingerprint sensors, theoretically enabling identity and trust in order to authenticate viewers securely and deliver personalized content. It’s especially noteworthy in the context of the rumored fingerprint scanning thought to be the killer feature of the upcoming iPhone 5SRead More

 

Bloomberg: Time Warner Cable channels coming to Apple TV ‘in a few months’

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2013

Hot on the heels of releasing the Apple TV 5.3 software which enabled access to Disney’s WatchESPN and HBO Go through the $99 set-top box, Bloomberg now reports that the iPhone maker is on the cusp of announcing a major agreement with Time Warner Cable.

The gist of the story: the deal would give subscribers of the cable television service access to channels via the Apple TV. HBO, of course, is owned by Time Warner, under the operating subsidiary Home Box Office Inc.

But it gets even better: Apple is apparently hiring away Hulu executive Pete Distad to help Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, in negotiations with media and cable companies. An agreement will be reportedly announced “in a few months”. Tuesday news doesn’t get any bigger than this… Read More

 
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