à la Carte TV Channels Agitate Fox Executive

3:45 PM, May. 7th, 2015 · · Apple TV

On May 6, 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey told analysts that customers don't want à la Carte TV channels. John Martellaro claims that if you believe that, you live in another galaxy far, far away.

Apple Will be Forced to Add 4K to its New Apple TV

4:15 PM, May. 6th, 2015 · · Apple TV

There are indications that Apple will release a 4th generation Apple TV and a new remote control at WWDC in June. The question John Martellaro has (as always) is whether that new Apple TV will include 4K capability. He thinks it must.

Apple TV gets USA Now, CBS Sports Channels

2:34 PM, May. 5th, 2015 · · Apple TV

USA Now and CBS Sports channels appeared on Apple TV on Tuesday, adding two new sources for entertainment to the set top streaming box. USA Now requires a cable subscription login, but CBS Sports lets you view all of its content without any restrictions.

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More Apple TV channels is nice, but until we can get all of the content we want without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription package most people won't be able to truly cut the entertainment cord.

Google Kills YouTube for 2nd Gen Apple TV, Older iOS Devices

10:09 AM, Apr. 21st, 2015 · · Apple TV

Google is dropping support for several devices from its YouTube API, which means that second generation Apple TV owners won't be able to watch cat videos any more. Along with the older Apple TV model, YouTube support for iPhones and iPads running iOS 6, older Google TV versions, and some smart TVs was dropped, too.

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If watching YouTube videos through the Apple TV channel is a big thing for you, the third generation model costs US$69.

HBO Now Live on Apple TV and iOS Today

6:54 PM, Apr. 7th, 2015 · · Apple TV

HBO Now on Apple TV

HBO Now went live on iOS and Apple TV Tuesday. The standalone service allows users to get HBO content without a cable or satellite TV subscription. It was announced on March 9th for a premier in April, and that day in April is at hand—just in the nick of time for Game of Thrones season 5.

Apple TV Adds CNNgo Channel

9:02 AM, Mar. 26th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple TV gained yet another new channel this week with the addition of CNNgo. The new channel taps into the CNNgo service to let viewers watch live news and previously recorded shows, but requires a cable TV subscription to watch most of the content.

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More channels coming to Apple TV helps make the little streaming entertainment box more enticing. Requiring a cable TV subscription yet again, however, doesn't do much to make the device a true alternative to Comcast or Time Warner TV packages.

A New Apple TV with 4K Would NOT Break the Internet

6:00 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Often, for the sake of dramatic effect and the attention it brings, technical articles are couched in terms of dramatic change. And while change is what our industry is all about, the technical people behind the scenes know that nothing all happens at once. The same applies to 4K streaming.