Candy Crush Saga is coming to CBS as a live action game show

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 18, 2016

Candy Crush Saga has been a cash cow from its inception on the App Store. King’s tremendously popular mobile match-three puzzle video game has made a fortune on platforms like iOS, Android, Facebook and Windows 10.

But now, King is set to boost its profits as the CBS network confirmed Tuesday that it has given a series order to a TV adaptation of Candy Crush Saga from Lionsgate TV.

That’s right, they’ll be actually turning the mobile Candy Crash Saga game into a live action game show in which teams of two individuals will compete on “enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology.” Read More

 

FOX Sports Go for Apple TV lets you watch four games simultaneously at 60FPS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

If you’re subscribed to one of Fox’s sports channels through your cable or satellite TV package, the newly launched FOX Sports Go tvOS app lets you watch up to four games simultaneously in split-screen mode, at a remarkably fluid 60 frames per second, via your fourth-generation Apple TV.

As first noted by MacRumors, the app’s split-screen interface and underlying technology make it possible to watch baseball, basketball, football and hockey games at once, or any combination of games from MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, UEFA Champions League, UFC and more, depending on regional restrictions. Read More

 

Apple TV universal search gains support for Australian ‘Stan’ streaming service

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2016

After adding support for searching shows from Viacom-owned Comedy Central and music networks MTV and VH1 on the fourth-generation Apple TV a month ago, Apple has recently added Australia’s Stan streaming service to the list of providers that support tvOS’s universal search feature, as first discovered by MacRumors. Now customers in Australia can find content on Stan by pressing the Siri button on their Siri Remote. Read More

 

WSJ: Apple’s “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics have “alienated” cable providers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Apple’s stubbornness and “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics have backfired and “alienated” cable providers, who say the firm is a cheapskate in terms of paying for digital content, reports The Wall Street Journal. For years, Apple’s been persuading cable firms to let it sell their cherry-picked programming in a skinny TV bundle of its own for about $30 per month vs. $80+ for traditional cable subscriptions. Read More

 

tvOS’s Universal Search feature gains support for Comedy Central, MTV and VH1

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Universal Search feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV has been refreshed yesterday with expanded support for searching content provided by tvOS video apps from Viacom-owned Comedy Central and music networks MTV and VH1. Provided these apps are installed on your set-top box, you can either use the Search app on the device or press the Siri button on the remote and use your voice to find shows like South Park and others. Read More

 

YouTube planning to launch a live TV subscription service in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2016

Google has accelerated efforts to beat Apple to market with a live TV service on YouTube, dubbed “Unplugged”, Bloomberg reported yesterday. Work on boosting YouTube’s infrastructure is already underway as launching the service has taken on a high priority.

For a yet-to-be-determined monthly fee, YouTube users will be able to subscribe to so-called skinny bundles of television programming, streamed over the Internet.

These bundles should include some of the most popular offerings from major U.S. broadcast networks and cable services. Read More

 

WSJ: Hulu is working on a cable-like digital pay-TV service

By Christian Zibreg on May 2, 2016

Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that Hulu has been busy putting together a cable-like subscription offering that’d include content from partners like Disney and Fox while providing such advanced features as a cloud-based digital video recording (DVR) capability, live TV and more. The service sounds a lot like a rumored skinny TV bundle that Apple’s been unsuccessfully trying to create.

Analysts have estimated that Hulu may charge consumers about $40 per month for the yet-to-be-announced service, which won’t launch before 2017. Read More

 

List of Apple TV content providers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016

It’s annoying when you download an Apple TV app for your favorite entertainment provider only to realize that you cannot access the service due to regional restrictions, the need to connect with your cable service or pay for the service.

Of all the third-party content provider apps available for download in the tvOS App Store, only a handful of services are available on a worldwide basis.

To save you some time, Apple has put together a handy support document which lists all the content providers available on the second, third and fourth-generation Apple TV. 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

 

Tim Cook says Apple tax avoidance talk is ‘total political crap’

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2015

60 Minutes on Friday shared a one minute clip from its upcoming interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In the preview, Charlie Rose asks for Cook’s thoughts regarding Apple’s congressional tax hearing, which found the company to be engaged in a “sophisticated scheme” to avoid taxes on its $74 billion held overseas.

“That is total political crap,” Cook says. “There is no truth behind it. Apple pays every tax dollar we owe.” He explains that Apple does a lot of business overseas, which is why a lot of its revenues are overseas, and although the company would like to bring that cash back to the United States, it would cost 40% to do so. Read More

 

Charlie Rose offering inside look at Jony Ive’s design lab, new store design on Sunday

By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2015

Noted journalist and television talk show host Charlie Rose will be offering an inside look at Jony Ive’s design lab and new store design on Sunday. CBS’ TV series 60 Minutes announced Rose’s upcoming segment via Twitter late Thursday evening.

According to the tweets, 60 Minutes will be showing footage from inside Jonathan Ive’s secret design studio at Apple’s headquarters—an area few outsiders have traveled. In one of the tweets, a photo shows Ive explaining a design process to Rose. Read More

 

Tim Cook says Apple has more health features in mind, talks iPad Pro and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Yesterday, Tim Cook sat with The Telegraph’s Allister Heath to talk a range of topics, including the Apple TV and the future of television, the forthcoming arrival of the iPad Pro and plans for the Apple Watch.

According to Cook, the company is considering additional health features. He also revealed why Apple doesn’t want to put the Apple Watch through the certification process by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and more. Read More

 

Apple TV gains CBS All Access, NBC and M2M

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2015

Ahead of next week’s launch of a much-improved fourth-generation Apple TV, a trio of new content sources were added to the existing third-generation set-top boxes on Tuesday: CBS All Access, NBC and Made To Measure (M2M).

As first reported by MacRumors, the inclusion of CBS All Access marks the first time the network has provided a channel on the Apple TV aside from the dedicated NBC Sports and NBC News channels. Read More

 

Cook on how new Apple TV will fix a ‘terrible, broken’ process of watching television

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2015

Apple’s fourth-generation set-top box, the $149 Apple TV, is launching next week and it won’t be just a hardware upgrade. For the first time since the Apple TV’s 2007 debut Apple is providing a software platform to enable third-party experiences on your big screen TV.

Discussing the sad state of the television industry and talking about how Apple can improve a “terrible, broken” process of watching television during the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, California last night, Cook said that Apple’s new tvOS platform represents a “foundation” for the kinds of experiences his company aims to deliver to consumers. Read More

 

Apple’s subscription television service reaffirmed to remain on hold ahead of September 9 event

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

A next-generation Apple TV hardware with Siri voice control, a revamped remote and a dedicated App Store is expected to launch alongside new iPhones and iPads at the September 9 media event at San Francisco’s gigantic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

But don’t expect a rumored subscription television service to go live anytime soon.

A report Friday by Jessica Lessin of The Information contends that content makers are not down with a monthly subscription fee Apple reportedly wants to charge consumers for streaming live television and premium channels to their devices. Read More

 

Redesigned NFL Game Pass service coming to Apple TV with on-demand broadcasting

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015

For the first time ever, the National Football League (NFL) will offer its Game Pass service to U.S. users on the Apple TV with on-demand broadcasting of games, according to an update on the Game Pass micro-site Monday.

Regular season, playoff and Super Bowl game broadcasts won’t be available as live streams but rather after they air on television. In addition, the organization will retire its existing Game Rewind service on July 31. Available to iOS, Android and Windows users in the United States, Game Rewind provides access to on-demand games after they air on television. Read More

 

NatGeo TV now available on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2015

Apple’s $69 set-top box has just gained a new channel from National Geographic, as first noted by MacRumors. The new ‘NatGeo TV’ channel, now available on the device’s Home screen, includes streaming content from National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild, as well as current show episodes available for streaming the day after they air on television.

In addition to these shows, the new channel gives you on-demand access to past episodes of popular National Geographic shows. Some content is free, but on-demand streaming requires authentication with a cable TV provider. Read More

 

Apple’s rumored TV service to include local stations, likely won’t launch by early fall

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

Apple’s rumored television services hinges on the company’s ability to sign complex agreements that would permit it to include live programming from local stations, Re/code reported Friday.

Persuading broadcasters to back Apple’s $30-40 per month service with local news and sports content has proven a much tougher nut to crack than originally thought, mostly due to complicated local broadcasting market structure, meaning the service is likely to be delayed.

“Industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans say the company wants to provide customers in cities around the U.S. with programming from their local broadcast stations,” author Peter Kafka wrote. Read More

 

Gene Munster gives up on Apple television dream

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has become something of a joke in the broader analyst community. Arguably the most vocal proponent of a fully-fledged Apple television set, he’s been predicting the imminent arrival of a 50+ inch TV with the shiny Apple logo on it for years now.

He wasn’t alone in his predictions. Most recently, noted activist investor Carl Icahn put much faith in the mythical Apple Ultra HD TV set in a yet another letter to Tim Cook yesterday.

But as a new report by The Wall Street Journal alleged that Apple has indeed axed the project after researching it for nearly a decade, Munster was quick to admit that he’s been wrong all along. Read More

 

WSJ: Apple shelved plans to make a 4K TV set last year

By Cody Lee on May 18, 2015

Apple quietly shelved plans to make an ultra-HD TV set with video calling and other features last year, reports the Wall Street Journal. The report follows an open letter to Tim Cook from activist investor Carl Ichan, published earlier today, which pointed to Apple releasing a 4K TV set in 2016.

Apparently, Apple was working on a full-blown television, and had been researching the project for nearly a decade. But Apple executives didn’t feel like the product or its feature set was compelling enough to enter the cutthroat market, which offers small margins to even the largest competitors. Read More

 
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