Apple, HBO Look to Bring HBO Now Streaming Service to Apple TV

9:07 AM, Mar. 5th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple and HBO are working out the details for a deal that would bring the entertainment company's shows to Apple TV without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription. The service, called HBO Now, is scheduled to launch in April and would give TV viewers a way to pay just for HBO and open up their programming to the 10 million U.S. broadband Internet subscribers who don't have a TV channel package.

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Adding HBO as an independent channel to Apple TV would be a huge win for Apple and cable TV subscribers who would rather pay just for HBO content. It's also going to open up a new path for broadband Internet users who don't have cable TV to become HBO subscribers, too.

Dr. Mac’s 3 Must-Have Utilities For Mac OS X

3:29 PM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · Apple TV

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Someone recently asked Dr. Mac about his “must-have” applications for Mac OS X Yosemite, so he wrote a column about it. Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #110 is all about three utilities that save him time and keystrokes every day. 

Apple TV 7.0.3 Squashes 16 Security Vulnerabilities

2:33 PM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · Apple TV

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Apple released Apple TV 7.0.3 Tuesday. Apple hasn't yet released patch notes for the update, but the company did send out security patch notes. Apple TV 7.0.3 squashes some 16 security bugs, including several that could allow the bad guys to take over your device.

Apple TV gets More Athletic with 120 Sports Channel

11:07 AM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple pushed out another sports-related channel to Apple TV owners on Tuesday, this time in the form of 120 Sports. The channel offers content online and through iOS apps, along with its Apple TV channel, and promises to provide content in new ways sports fans haven't experienced before.

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More sports on Apple TV means fewer people will feel tied to their cable TV subscription. That said, there's still a long way to go before Apple TV poses a serious threat to Comcast and Time Warner.

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.