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

 

Carl Icahn puts faith in Apple’s mythical 4K television set and sketchy Apple Car rumor

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

Activist investor Carl Icahn today issued yet another open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. In it, he predictably pushes for an ever expanding increase of Apple’s share repurchase program.

More important than that, this time around Icahn is basing his valuation of the Cupertino firm in part on the prospect of the mythical Ultra HD Apple TV set and the Apple Car project, another sketchy rumor that had briefly entertained the press earlier in the year.

The feared investor is now valuing Apple at $1.4 trillion, expressing his belief that AAPL should be trading at more than $100 higher than its current valuation. Read More

 

Apple TV picks up new channels in UK, Australia, Japan, Ireland and Scandinavia

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

After adding CBS Sports and USA NOW channels for Apple TV owners in the United States last week, Apple has now enabled four localized content sources for fans of its set-top box in the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Ireland and Scandinavia, 9to5Mac first noticed.

These newly added channels have been pushed silently over-the-air, but may not be available in your region yet as it typically takes a couple hours for the changes to propagate through the servers. You can also update your Apple TV manually by choosing Software Update in Settings. Read More

 

Sony’s new PlayStation Vue streaming TV service coming to iPad soon

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Yesterday, Sony launched its long-anticipated streaming television service called PlayStation Vue in select markets like Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia. The online video subscription service doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription.

It will be initially available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles and is coming to Apple’s iPad “in the near future,” the Japanese giant has confirmed. Read More

 

Director explains how Modern Family episode was filmed using iPhones and iPads

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2015

The highly anticipated episode of ABC’s popular sitcom “Modern Family” that was shot entirely using iPhone and iPad cameras airs tonight, and to celebrate, BuzzFeed News got in touch with the episode’s director Steven Levitan to find out how they pulled it off.

In a video conversation, which you can download here, Levitan explains that the iOS devices were placed in holsters operated by cameramen and held by the actors. This allowed the pros to control the shots, while still appearing as though the actors held the devices. Read More

 

Sling TV’s latest update lets jailbreakers in on the fun

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

I can’t say for sure whether or not it was intentional, but ever since Dish’s Sling TV launched, I haven’t been able to view video on my iPhone 6 Plus. That’s because my iPhone 6 Plus was and still is jailbroken, and it appears that the app won’t play video on jailbroken devices. Other jailbroken users have reported the same problem in the comments of our Sling TV review, and I’ve seen other complaints elsewhere online. In other words, this definitely wasn’t just a problem with my device.

Yesterday, Sling TV pushed an update that appears to have fixed the issue. Nothing has changed on my iPhone 6 Plus, but I can now watch Sling TV video from my jailbroken device. Coincidence? Read More

 

Dish’s Sling TV launches live, adds AMC network

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Following a limited invite-only launch last month, Dish’s Sling TV service is now available to everyone in the United States, the company announced Monday.

In addition, the service has added AMC to the basic channel lineup so you’ll be able to watch Better Call Saul, Mad Men and Walking Dead, for example. Read More

 

Reuters TV hits App Store, a personalized TV news reportage in the palm of your hand

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2015

If you prefer watching news footage over reading articles, don’t pass on a brand new app from Reuters, a global news-gathering organization owned by Thomson Reuters.

Their free Reuters TV for iOS app just went live in the App Store, bringing you personalized video news when you want it, straight from the source and made to fit your day.

Offering both on-demand and live news programming and reportage from over 2,500 journalists in 200 countries, Reuters TV is personalized (swipe to skip the stories that don’t interest you), highly customizable (you can set your preferred show length) and relevant (news is tailored to your location). 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

 

Cutting the cord gets real: $20 per month Sling TV service rolling out

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Better late than never — at last it’s possible to get premium entertainment without having to become a cable subscriber.

Sling TV, Dish’s new web-based subscription service, promises a revolution: in exchange for a flat fee of twenty bucks per month, it taps the Internet to deliver a package of ESPN and a bunch of other premium live feeds to a plethora of different devices, no contract and no commitment required, Re/code reported Monday.

The staggered roll-out begins today: just register on the Sling.com website and wait patiently for that invite to hit your inbox (they’ll start sending them at midnight). The service will be “widely available in the next couple weeks.” Read More

 

Time Warner Cable’s new app lets you use their home phone service on iPhone at no additional cost

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Your Home Phone service from Time Warner Cable is no longer limited by physical location as the nation’s second largest cable company behind Comcast revealed a new iPhone application Tuesday.

Dubbed Phone 2 Go and available as a free download from the App Store, the software allows existing TWC Home Phone subscribers to use text, voice and video calling for no additional fees.

In addition, you can decide whether you’d like to use your Home Phone service to receive voice and video calls and text messages on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad anywhere there’s Wi-Fi or cellular coverage, including overseas. Read More

 

CBS is cutting the cord: launches $5.99 per month video subscription

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Just ahead of Apple’s keynote (see our roundup) and less than 24 hours after HBO said it would finally start offering online-only video subscription service in 2015, the world’s second largest major network, CBS, has now appeased cord-cutters by announcing immediately availability of a new on-demand video service priced at $6 per month.

Fourteen cities in the United States can now stream their local CBS stations and watch the network’s new shows as they air for the first time. NFL games, however, won’t be available on the new service, CBS All Access. Read More

 

HBO relents, says standalone HBO Go subscription streaming service launching in 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2014

Cable cutters, rejoice! HBO has relented and will go forward with plans to enable a standalone streaming service in 2015, Re/code reported Wednesday.

Though details are scarce, the forthcoming service will allow people to watch HBO’s original programming, TV shows, movies, documentaries and more, but without pay TV subscription.

According to HBO CEO Richard Plepler speaking at Time Warner Inc.’s investor day meeting on Wednesday, the company is indeed planning to launch a “standalone, over-the-top” subscription offering at some point next year. The disruptive move couldn’t be overstated as it’s going to be a major blow to the complacent American cable industry. Read More

 

FXNOW channel added to Apple TV, sans The Simpsons archive

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

Announced back in July, FX’s on-demand service dubbed FXNOW is now officially available as a brand new channel to owners of Apple’s $99 Apple TV media-streaming box in the United States, Juli Clover of MacRumors first reported Tuesday.

Though the channel does offer a variety of content from the FX, FXX and FXM networks, including episodes of The Strain and Sons of Anarchy, the rumored Simpsons archive is nowhere to be found in today’s release of the FXNOW Apple TV channel. Read More

 

Fire TV companion apps, Second Screen and Remote, hitting iOS soon

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

Tucked away as a side note in Amazon’s Fire TV announcement last week is an interesting confirmation of a companion iOS app for the set-top box that’s scheduled to launch later this year in the App Store.

The software will act as a second screen solution allowing Fire TV owners to fling Amazon TV shows and movies from their iPhone or iPad to the $99 set-top box, providing remote functionality with playback controls, support for Amazon’s X-Ray technology that pulls media metadata from the web and more.

In addition to Second Screen, the official Fire TV app for smartphones and tablets will launch soon, providing virtual controls for touch-enabled games… Read More

 

Amazon unveils its Apple TV competitor: meet the $99 Fire TV set-top box

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2014

Amazon has just taken the wraps off its new media-streaming device designed to compete with the likes of Apple’s $99 Apple TV hockey puck, Roku devices and other media-streaming boxes available to cable-cutters today.

It’s rather predictably called the Fire TV in a nod to the successful Kindle Fire tablet brand, costs $99 and runs a forked Android version code-named ‘Mojito’.

Powered by a quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and a dedicated graphics processor, the set-top box is capable of streaming full HD 1080p resolution video (1,920-by-1,080 pixels) and Amazon claims it’s three times more powerful than the Apple TV.

It supports 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound via HDMI and optical audio-out, has dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, comes with a Bluetooth remote and ties into Amazon’s vast ecosystem of digital content licensed from Hollywood majors and broadcasters.

I don’t think Apple should be concerned because the Fire TV’s user interface appears clunky (I even like Chromecast’s better) and it’s hard to see much that isn’t already out there, though I have no doubt in my mind that the Fire TV is here to stay and tie existing Amazon customers even deeper into its ecosystem.

Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 
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