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.

Apple TV Status Remains a Disappointment and a Mystery

4:15 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple must be working on something really big related to the Apple TV.  The last major release, the 3rd generation Apple TV, was on March 7, 2012. Three years is an eternity in the tech industry. John Martellaro expresses his disappointment that no new hardware was announced.

Apple Drops Apple TV Price to $69

1:17 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Following Apple's announcement that HBO Now is coming exclusively to Apple TV, company CEO Tim Cook said the price of the set top box is dropping from US$99 to $69. The price cut was made, according to Mr. Cook, to make Apple TV more accessable to an even larger audience.

Apple Announces Exclusive HBO Channel for Apple TV

1:08 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · Apple TV

HBO Now is coming to Apple TV, and the big-name broadcaster said its content will be available in April exclusively on Apple's streaming media set top device. HBO Now will be available as a stand-alone subscription, and won't require a cable TV package subscription, as does HBO Go.

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.