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February 13 2014

Comcast, Time Warner Merger Could Be Bad News for Apple TV

On Wednesday, news broke that Apple planned to unveil a new version of its Apple TV set-top box by April, potentially marking the company's first big new product of the year

The report, which came from Bloomberg, noted that Apple was in talks with Time Warner Cable to supply video content before launching the product towards the end of this year. That deal, if finalized, would be Apple's first TV content deal with a cable provider and perhaps a step towards a larger effort in the television space.

Less than 12 hours later, another report stated that Comcast had reached an agreement to merge with Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. The proposed deal, which has since been officially announced by the two companies, may throw a wrench in Apple's TV plans. Read more...

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January 29 2014

Apple Makes Moves on a TV and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. As 3D printing continues to expand, one company is replacing the plastic used by 3D printers with a stronger material. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of social reform, climate change, education and technology. And Apple is no longer referring to its Apple TV as a "hobby"; the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has upgraded the device’s position from a listing under the iPod section to a full-fledged product line Read more...

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Apple TV Moves From 'Hobby' to Full-Fledged Product Line

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s admission during Monday’s earnings call that the iPod line is in decline, the company's web store changed to reflect that sentiment by focusing on the Apple TV

Previously, the Apple TV was listed under the iPod section, but the new menu divides it into its own section, making the digital media player a full-fledged product line. That means it's officially not longer just a "hobby," as the late Steve Jobs called it years ago

The section features categories for Apple TV accessories, refurbished versions of the device and a question-and-answer section Read more...

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January 22 2014

Report: Amazon Mulling Pay-TV Service

Amazon is considering live TV programming via a paid online service, according to a report.

The online retail giant has approached "at least three big media conglomerates seeking rights to distribute their content online," according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's service would offer channels that are currently available on cable and satellite, according to the report. Reps from Amazon could not be reached for comment

However, an Amazon rep told Variety that the report was inaccurate, stating "We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service." Amazon invested $1 billion in content in 2013, according to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali. Read more...

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December 07 2013

Google's Nexus TV Could Launch in Early 2014, Report Says

Google is one step closer to unveiling its own Nexus-branded set-top box for streaming videos and playing games, according to a new report.

The set-top box, which streams video from services such as Hulu and Netflix will run on Android, and could be available as early as the first half of 2014, The Information reported Friday.

The tech publication is not the first to speculate on a set-top streaming device from Google. Months ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google showed off a prototype device in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. The device reportedly had a motion sensor similar to Xbox's Kinect technology, and also supported Google Hangouts for video conferencing Read more...

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November 12 2013

Analyst: Apple TV, iWatch Coming in 2014 — But I've Been Wrong Before

Apple's long-rumored Apple TV and iPhone will finally become a reality in 2014 said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who added a very important caveat: He's been wrong before.

In fact, Munster, who spoke at Business Insider's Ignition conference in New York on Tuesday, acknowledged that he's been predicting an "Apple TV" consistently since 2011. (Munster is referring to an all-in-one TV from the company; Apple of course has a product called Apple TV which plugs in to standard televisions.)

Munster cites suppliers, patent filings and remarks from Apple execs for his predictions. He also polls consumers and looks at market trends. Reading such tea leaves, Munster predicts an Apple TV could claim 15% of the market and add 18% to Apple's revenues. Munster was less sure about an iWatch. His polling shows that only 12% of consumers want to buy an iWatch. However, he noted that Apple has trademarked "iWatch" in five countries. Read more...

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September 17 2013

Amazon Instant Video Gets AirPlay Support on Apple TV

Amazon Instant Video has finally been updated with full AirPlay support. As a result, you can now use the app to watch titles from Prime Instant Video and the Amazon Instant Video store right on your Apple TV via AirPlay.

In addition to AirPlay support, another new feature is integration with IMDb, which Amazon also owns. This lets you see IMDb cast and director information, ratings, goofs, trivia and quotes right within Amazon Instant Video. This harks back to the IMDb iOS app’s update seven months ago, which brought Amazon Instant Video integration.

The latest update to Amazon Instant Video also includes the following enhancements: Read more...

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August 14 2013

Apple Acquires Video Discovery Service Matcha.tv

Apple has acquired Matcha.tv, a startup that developed a video discovery app for iOS and the web, according to multiple reports.

The acquisition, which was first reported by VentureBeat, once again ignites speculation about Apple's plans in the TV space. Matcha's app helped users search for TV shows and movies from a range of sources including Hulu, Netflix and iTunes. However, the app was mysteriously pulled from Apple's App Store in May

Apple confirmed the deal in a token statement provided to VentureBeat and others, but did not provide any information on the price. VentureBeat reported hearing from one source that the deal may have gone through for as little as $1.5 million — pocket change for Apple — but noted that other sources suggested the figure was significantly higher Read more...

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July 03 2013

Report: Time Warner Cable May Soon Be Available on Apple TV Boxes

If you subscribe to Time Warner Cable, soon you might be able to access all that programming on an Apple TV box. That is, if a deal between Apple and Time Warner Cable, Inc., goes through, which Bloomberg reported could happen "within months."

Over the past year, Apple has been acting on what Apple CEO Tim Cook said was "intense interest" in TV, looking to add additional content to the movies and TV shows it sells on its iTunes store. If this Time Warner Cable deal is successful, users will be able to access their cable TV service through the Apple TV device.


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June 20 2013

L.A. Schools Buy iPads for Students and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. Microsoft backtracks on some of the most contentious issues surrounding the Xbox One and its used games policyApple TV added HBO Go and WatchESPN to its lineup, as well as Sky News, anime streaming service Crunchyroll and Qello for concerts. And the Los Angeles school board signed off on a new $30 million purchase: iPads for every student in the system.

Check out the video above for more on these stories. Read more...

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June 19 2013

HBO Go and ESPN Now Available on Apple TV

As previously reported, HBO Go is indeed coming to Apple TV, effective Wednesday. Apple announced that WatchESPN and content from an assortment of other streaming providers are now available on the device as well.

Apple TV owners — at least, those with subscriptions to HBO and ESPN — have been able to stream content from those networks using iPhone or iPad devices (and AirPlay) for some time. The new integration simply saves them the need to pull out a secondary device.

For Apple, the deals offer the company a slight advantage over its competitors, including Roku, which doesn't have access to ESPN, as well as Playstation 3, which doesn't have access to HBO Go. However, ESPN and HBO Go are already available on the Xbox. Read more...

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June 17 2013

7 Gadgets for the Ultimate Connected Living Room

Stop me if you've heard this one before: The living room is about to become totally connected. For the past decade or longer, users were promised a world where live TV, digital video from Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, and purchased or downloaded content would all be available from one interface using one remote. A decade later, we've failed to reach that apex of what remains the true holy grail for the connected living room, but we're getting closer than ever.

Even five years ago, the idea that it would be normal to have a wireless set-top box connected to a television set seemed far-fetched. Today, it's hard to imagine a world without having access to Netflix on your big screen. Read more...

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May 15 2013

Apple To Samsung: The S4 Infringes on Our Patents

A new salvo has been fired in the ongoing Apple-Samsung war

In a US District of California filing yesterday, Apple added the new Galaxy S4 smartphone to a list of 22 Samsung products the company claims infringe on its iOS patents, giving Apple more ammunition for next year's patent trial.

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then these two should be happily married. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. Both are pointing the finger and this seems to be a showdown based in part on Samsung elbowing in on Apple's iPhone market and the coming change to Samsung's own operating systems. Read more...

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August 19 2012

August 17 2012

Apple’s Latest Set Top Plans: It’s Not What You Think

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.

I have been writing about Apple’s fabled “iTV” for over two years now. Initially, it was just a major upgrade to Apple TV. Eventually, it morphed into a full-blown TV set.

Now we’ve settled on the middle ground of a cable-box-replacing set-top box. Let me promise you. This will not happen, and here’s why:

Unscramble It

Cable companies hold a trump card and it’s called decoding. You cable box is programmed to decode or unscramble the channels you subscribe to. In order for any other third-company box like, say, a TiVo DVR, to do the same, it needs what’s called a cable card. Cable companies and consumers have shown little interest in these cards (ask your cab…
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More About: Apple TV, content streaming, itv, opinon, tv everywhere

August 16 2012

Apple in Talks With Cable Operators for a TV Set-Top Box

Apple is wooing cable operators for an Apple-branded set-top box for live TV and other programming, according to a report.

The tech giant hasn't reached a deal with any of the cable firms yet, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cites "people familiar with the matter." Reps from Apple could not be reached for comment on the report.

Apple's strategy for its set-tops appears to divert from the traditional model in which consumers pay $10 to $15 a month to rent a set-top box from their cable operator. In contrast, Apple wants consumers to pay hundreds of dollars to own the item. If anything, the approach mirrors Apple's strategy with the iPhone in which it partnered with carriers…
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July 31 2012

July 25 2012

Still a Hobby? Apple Sells 4 Million Apple TV’s in Fiscal Year

Apple sold 1.3 million Apple TV devices in its third quarter, CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday's earnings call. That was up over 170% year over year.

According to Cook, Apple has now sold more than 4 million Apple TV's in the fiscal year. While Cook still says that this is "still at a level that [the company] would call a hobby," he says the company is continuing to "pull the string to see where it takes us."

Cook also acknowledged that Apple "isn't one to keep around projects that it doesn't believe in," noting that the Apple TV has a lot of support at Apple.

Of course, most analysts expect that the Apple TV will serve as a stepping stone for Apple's more broad TV plans.

It's remark…
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More About: Apple TV, apple, connected devices, set-top box

February 11 2012

October 25 2011

Apple Could Release TV Set in 2012 [REPORT]

Apple is working on a TV set that could appear by the end of next year or early 2013.

According to three unnamed sources, Jeff Robbin, a software engineer who helped create iTunes and the iPod, is leading development on an Apple TV set that goes far beyond the $99 console the company currently has available.

Interest in a potential TV set was sparked by the release of Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs’s authorized biography Monday. In the biography, Jobs told author Walter Isaacson he had finally discovered how to build an integrated, wirelessly synched TV set with “the simplest user interface you could imagine.”

Although Apple declined to comment, sometimes-reliable Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says a TV set is indeed in the works and could be announced by the end of next year or in 2013. The TV set could be accompanied by a cloud-based system that would allow users to access and search for content obtained through Apple and third-party services such as Netflix.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Robert Couse-Baker

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