Apple to Support some Non-HomeKit Devices Through Apple TV

10:58 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple looks to be positioning Apple TV as more of home automation hub than previously thought because the company plans to use the streaming media box as a bridge between HomeKit and non-homeKit devices. That support means more devices without official HomeKit support can be part of your smarthome setup, but with some big limitations.

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Apple TV looks like it really is shaping up to be Apple's HomeKit hub, just like TMO's Kelly Guimont predicted.

Apple TV Adds More Sports Coverage with Tennis Channel

11:39 AM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple pushed out another new sports channel to Apple TV owners over the weekend. This time, it's Tennis Channel Everywhere, giving tennis fans a new option for watching games, although it does require an annual US$69.99 subscription.

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Offering more sports content will make it easier for some to ditch their cable TV subscription for Apple TV, but we still have a long way to go before most people can make the switch.

HomeKit Remote Siri Control Requires Apple TV

7:37 PM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · · Apple TV

One of the benefits of Apple's HomeKit platform will be the ability to remotely control your smarthome devices from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Using Siri voice commands to turn things on or off when you're away from home, however, will require an Apple TV.

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Apple TV as a smart home hub of sorts? Sounds like validation of Kelly Guimont's Apple TV smarthome hub idea to me.

CBS Launches News Channel on Apple TV, Keeps Quiet about It

6:00 PM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · · Apple TV

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CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a "digital streaming news network" called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn't announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple's device now. CBS did, however, bother to name Amazon Fire TV and Windows Phone.

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.