FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV Competitor

10:09 AM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · Apple TV

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.

Apple TV Gets Beats Channel, Family Sharing

9:22 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Apple released an update for the second and third generation Apple TV on Wednesday with a new Beats Music channel and support for iOS 8's Family Sharing feature. The update also replaced some icons with versions that better match the flat style introduced in iOS 7 and carried on in iOS 8.

NFL Now for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV Arrives in Time for Kick Off

10:33 AM, Aug. 7th, 2014 · · Apple TV

The National Football League's NFL Now app for the iPhone and iPad rolled out on Thursday with the promise of plenty of free content, and even more for viewers who pay for a US$1.99 a month subscription. NFL Now also showed up as a new Apple TV channel where you can see the same content that's available in the iPhone and iPad app.

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The lack of game broadcasts will no doubt be a disappointment for some football fans, but it sounds like there will still be plenty of interesting content available. Still, until pro sports franchises find a way to deliver their content outside of the traditional TV networks, sports fans won't be able to drop their cable subscriptions.

Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

11:14 AM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

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More content is great for Apple TV owners, but continuing to leave most of it stuck behind cable pay walls isn't much of a help to viewers who don't want to shell out the money for full subscription packages.

Netflix Adds Post-Play Feature to Apple TV

9:50 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · Apple TV

Netflix's Post-Play feature arrived on Apple TV on Monday without any fanfare, making it even easier to stay on the couch and watch your favorite shows. Post-Play automatically starts the next episode in a series a few seconds after the one you're currently watching wraps up.

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It's far too easy to keep watching shows with Post-Play enabled, so you better have a comfy couch.

It’s Time for Some U.S. Apple TV Marketing

9:03 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Roku accounts for nearly half of the streaming media set top boxes sold in the U.S. in 2013, and Apple TV sales came in just over 25 percent. That sales gap can be squarely placed on Apple's shoulders because the company isn't adequately marketing the device to U.S. customers. It's time for that to change, or Apple faces losing the market to Roku, Google and Amazon.

Apple Rolls Out Apple TV 6.1.2 Update with Security Fixes

3:08 PM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Along with iOS 7.1.2 and OS X 10.9.4, Apple also rolled out Apple TV 6.1.2 on Monday. The update for Apple's set top streaming entertainment box includes several security-related fixes for second generation and newer models.

Apple TV gets ABC News, PBS Kids, More

11:39 AM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Apple pushed out more channels to Apple TV, giving users access to ABC News, PBS Kids, Willow TV, and AOL On on Tuesday. Like other channel updates, Apple quietly pushed the new content out to users without any need to run updaters or reboot.

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Seeing more channels appear on Apple TV is great, but forcing viewers to still pay for a cable TV package really sucks. TV viewers are slowing moving towards wanting to pay for just what they want to see instead of hundreds of channels they aren't interested in.

Get Ready for Apple TV Evolution

8:56 AM, May. 29th, 2014 · · Apple TV

TV sucks, we're stuck with glorified VCRs, and it's time for a change. So said Apple's senior vice president of Internet services and software Eddy Cue at Re/code's Code Conference on Wednesday, hinting that its time for Apple TV to evolve again.