Infuse for Apple TV gains custom Favorites graphics, new zooming/sorting options and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

Infuse for Apple TV, a versatile media center app by aTV Flash Black developer FireCore, has received an update in the App Store today, bringing a bunch of welcome additions to the experience. No longer are those media folders you add to Infuse represented by generic icons: you can now add custom artwork to them, letting you pretty up Infuse’s menu.

New zoom options have been added for removing encoded black bars, you can now sort your media by filename and rename or remove a Favorite by long-pressing its icon. Read on for the full list of changes in this edition of Infuse. Read More

 

Apple seeds tvOS 9.2 beta 1 with support for Bluetooth keyboards and app folders

By Cody Lee on Jan 11, 2016

Apple released a slew of developer betas on Wednesday, including iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2. This is the first 9.2 beta for tvOS, the operating system for the just-released, fourth-generation Apple TV.

Developers can find the new tvOS beta, which is labeled build 13Y5179e, either over-the-air on an Apple TV set with the previous beta or as a standalone download via Apple’s developer portal here. Read More

 

Apple in talks with NFL to live-stream next season’s London games

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2016

Apple is in talks with the National Football League regarding streaming rights, reports Reuters. Citing two sources familiar with the situation, the outlet says the iPhone-maker is among a group of tech firms pursuing the opportunity to live-stream 3 NFL games next season.

More specifically, the companies are looking to buy the rights to conduct live streams for all three of the NFL games to be played in London next year. Yahoo hosted a live stream of a single London-based game this season, and by most accounts it was a success for both parties. Read More

 

All-new iHeartRadio app coming to Apple TV soon with live stations and podcasts

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

iHeartRadio Media announced today at CES 2016 in Las Vegas that a whole new radio-streaming app will be coming to the fourth-generation Apple TV. In addition to a redesigned interface, it will allow users to experience all of the core elements of the service and let them access thousands of live and custom stations, including podcasts.

Both registered and unregistered users will be able to play live and custom radio stations, view For You recommendations, save favorite stations to a brand new My Favorites Radio feature and more, all from the comfort of their couch. Read More

 

Apple TV expands universal search integration to PBS and PBS Kids

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2016

Apple’s begun allowing developers to implement tvOS’s universal search features in their Apple TV apps, beginning with PBS. As first noted by AppleInsider, Siri content queries now produce deep links from both the PBS and PBS Kids apps.

For instance, a Siri query for a PBS show called “Curious George” brings up the regular search results page with a brand new PBS Kids app option alongside the usual iTunes and Netflix choices. Read More

 

Microsoft said to be considering smaller Xbox to compete with Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Dec 30, 2015

Microsoft is said to be once again looking to create a device that would go head-to-head with the Apple TV and similar products. Citing internal sources, veteran blogger Brad Sams reports (via Business Insider) that the company is considering plans for a “lightweight Xbox One.”

The smaller console would feature access to a variety of streaming services, and be capable of playing games from Microsoft’s Windows store. Sams believes the device, if it materializes, will launch in the second half of 2016 with a much lower price point than existing Xbox models. Read More

 

Patents hint that broadcast TV and presence detection features may be coming to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2015

Apple is researching a pair of interesting new features to give its fourth-generation Apple TV some new smarts and make the box more TV-like. Titled “User detection by a computing device” and “Input device & user interface interactions”, these inventions outline a fresh new user interface for changing channels on an iOS device and a presence-aware remote to keep playing content as long as someone is in the room. Read More

 

The best apps and games for new Apple TV users

By Lory Gil on Dec 25, 2015

If Santa (or maybe your hard-working, thoughtful spouse) brightened your holiday with Apple’s fourth-generation set-top box this year, you’ve got a big surprise in store for you. Not only can you watch your favorite movies and television shows from such apps as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO Go, but Apple TV 4 has also been updated with its own App Store full of interesting content for your big screen.

If you just unwrapped a new Apple TV and are wondering where to start, we’ve created a list of the 10 best apps and games for new users. Read More

 

How to install Kodi on the new Apple TV 4

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2015

It’s been a while in the making, but it is now possible to install Kodi on tvOS. Granted, this is a very early tutorial, and Kodi for Apple TV 4 is still in the pre-pre-alpha stages, but it does work, although not perfectly yet.

Still, the fact that we can even get Kodi on the Apple TV without jailbreaking is a win in itself. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to install Kodi on the new Apple TV running tvOS. Read More

 

RadioShack selling 32GB Apple TV + HDMI cable bundle for $119.98 online

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 23, 2015

A few days ago, we told you about an in-store promotion that RadioShack was running to sell the Apple TV for $50 off its retail price. Today, RadioShack is still discounting the Apple TV, and this time you can purchase the popular set top box via RadioShack’s online store.

True, it’s not as cheap as the $99 price of the earlier deal, and you’ll still need to pony up for taxes where necessary, but it’s still a big savings over the retail price of a 32GB Apple TV. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave your couch to take advantage of the savings. Read More

 

Pre-alpha version of Kodi released for Apple TV 4

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 23, 2015

A sneak preview version of Kodi has been released for the Apple TV 4. Over on the official Kodi forums, developer Memphiz has posted a how to walkthrough outlining the basics of the installation.

Keep in mind that this is a very early build of Kodi for the Apple TV 4, so not everything works. In fact, Memphiz is calling this a “pre-pre-pre-alpha release of Kodi for tvOS.” Sounds pretty alpha to us, but it’s definitely a good starting point. Read More

 

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

 
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