New Rumor Two-tier Pricing for Apple TV

9:07 AM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · Apple TV

New Apple TV model will get Siri support and native apps

When the price of Apple TV dropped to US$69 and added "starting at" to the streaming content device's webpage, Apple clearly telegraphed a higher priced model would be coming. Now a rumor claims that second model will be priced between $149 and $199, and is going to be introduced during the company's September 9 media event.

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Reports of a new Apple TV model that costs more and includes Siri voice control and an App Store isn't much of a surprise. When Apple changed the price of the third generation Apple TV to "starting at $69," it was all but confirming the higher priced model with more features was on the way.

Apple TV won’t get Streaming Television Until 2016

1:59 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · · Apple TV

New Apple TV launching without streaming TV service

Apple may be planning on introducing a new Apple TV model in September, but it won't come with a streaming television service—at least not until next year. Apple will reportedly introduce the new Apple TV on September 9, but won't mention its own streaming TV plans thanks to content licensing negotiation delays.

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Apple needs to do something to stay in the set top media box game, and getting a significant Apple TV refresh on store shelves would certainly help. They can work on getting the content deals in place for the rumored streaming TV service at the same time, but don't need to let that hold back the new hardware launch.

Apple Quietly Replacing Apple TVs for Wi-Fi Issues

10:21 AM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple swapping out some defective third gen Apple TVs

Apple is replacing a few third generation Apple TVs over wireless networking issues, but instead of announcing a recall program, the company is quietly contacting owners via email. The method Apple is using to alert customers is likely a sign that only a small number of defective Apple TV units were shipped, and not a move to cover up the problem.

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Apple's approach to replace the defective Apple TV units is a little different, but at least the company is proactively addressing the problem.

Report Claims iPhone Launch Event Set for Sept 9

6:53 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Report claims new iPhones coming September 9

Word on the street says Apple is planning a media event for September 9 to introduce the next iPhone model along with an updated Apple TV. The timing fits with the company's typical iPhone schedule and also happens to be the same date Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.

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A September iPhone media event makes sense considering Apple's typical annual update schedule. Hopefully we really will get a new Apple TV at the same time, and maybe we'll get a firm release date for iOS 9, too.

Standalone Showtime Apps Hit Apple TV and App Store

7:05 PM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Showtime on Apple TV

Showtime launched its standalone service Tuesday on both Apple TV and the App Store. Apps titled simply Showtime allow users to watch Showtime programming through a monthly subscription independent of cable or satellite TV providers. 

Apple TV vs. Roku 3: May the Best Little Streaming Box Win

4:00 PM, Jul. 1st, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple TV vs. Roku 3

Apple TV is getting long in the tooth, which set Dr. Mac to wondering if there was a better streaming media box available, or if Apple TV, which hasn’t seen an significant update since 2012, was still king of streaming media boxes... 

ShowTime Goes Standalone with Apple TV Exclusive at Launch

6:52 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple TV

ShowTime announced Wedneday that it will offer its content over the Internet as a streaming service, similar to HBO's move earlier in 2015. The service will launch as an Apple TV exclusive in July for US$10.99 per month. HBO Go is $14.99 per month.

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And thus continues the unraveling of the legacy cable TV industry.

New Apple TV Hardware Reportedly Pulled from WWDC Lineup

6:42 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2015 · · Apple TV

New Apple TV Hardware Reportedly Pulled from WWDC Lineup

Apple recently decided to pull new Apple TV hardware from its World Wide developer Conference lineup, according to online reports. Citing unnamed sources "briefed on the product," the newspaper reported that Apple didn't think the next generation of the device was ready.