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.

Apple TV Adds TED, Tastemade, Young Hollywood Channels

11:24 AM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple TV added three new channels Tuesday morning: TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood. Unlike some other channels on Apple TV that require a cable television subscription to view, the latest three are all free.

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Seeing TED on Apple TV is pretty cool. Even better: No cable subscription requirement.

How Comcast is Now Handling Internet Data Usage and Caps

3:45 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · · Apple TV

A few years ago, there was somewhat of a fuss about emerging Comcast monthly data caps for Internet usage. The number was 250 GB per month. Lately, however, Comcast has not been imposing hard data caps and has, instead, taken a pragmatic approach to monitoring and analyzing network usage. As a result, the path to 4K streaming will be eased.

Apple’s Missed Opportunity With its TV Streaming Service

1:25 PM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple has been pondering, if one can read between the lines of Tim Cook's previous statements, how to improve the TV viewing experience. The recent report that Apple has been talking to most of the networks about a new streaming network service reveals something troubling. John Martellaro thinks Apple could be doing something much better for its customers.

Apple Rolls Out Apple TV Software Update Following Apple Watch Media Event [Update]

4:30 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple didn't release a new Apple TV model during its "Spring forward" media event, but it did push out a new software update for the set top entertainment box. The update for Apple TV 3 doesn't include any noticeably flashy changes—like the promised HBO Now channel—so it's more likely a compatibility update for iOS 8.2 and the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update.