Apple Orders Sample 65-inch Displays Sparking TV Set Rumors (Again)

4:49 PM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · · Apple TV

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple has ordered “sample display panels” from a Korean display maker, according to a Korean analyst. Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Seoul-based IBK Securities, told The Korean Herald that Apple has ordered samples and was working with a local company to produce them, but from there the story gets fuzzy, to be generous.

Apple Will Need to Up Its TV Game to Compete with Amazon Fire TV

5:52 PM, Apr. 3rd, 2014 · · Apple TV

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon announced the Fire TV on Wednesday, and once again Amazon has taken aim at Apple and come out swinging. It’s another box to hook up to the telly, but this one offers a lot. Many consumers will find it compelling, and that means Apple should pay attention.

Apple, Comcast In Talks To Team Up On Apple TV

10:55 AM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Late Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported talks are happening between Apple and Comcast, likely working out how to offer cable TV content on an Apple TV.

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This sounds good for customers. Is it too good to be true?

Apple Adds iTunes Festival Channel to Apple TV for SXSW

8:40 AM, Mar. 10th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Apple added a new iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV over the weekend so its SXSW concert series can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch. Viewers will be able to watch the concerts live, and this marks the first time Apple has hosted an iTunes Festival event outside of London.

Apple Pushes Apple TV with $25 Gift Cards

1:13 PM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Apple launched a new US$25 gift card promotion on Friday to help goose sales of the Apple TV. To get the card, shoppers need to buy a new Apple TV from Apple's online or retail stores, and the deal is good through March 5.

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Apple TV hasn't been updated in quite a while and now there's a $25 gift card incentive to buy. That could be a hint that a new model is coming soon.

Apple TV gets WWE Channel

11:45 AM, Feb. 24th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Apple expanded Apple TV content again on Monday with the addition of the WWE Network. The new channel for the set top box brings pro wrestling content to viewers, including all 12 of the WWE live Pay-Per-View events.

LaCie’s Fuel Adds a Terabyte of Storage to iPad/iPhone

4:45 PM, Feb. 13th, 2014 · · Apple TV

The LaCie Fuel is a small, battery powered, good looking terabyte drive that augments the storage of iOS devices and is focused on the Apple customer. It acts as a Wi-Fi source, and can transmit HD video to up to three devices simultaneously. Its storage is easily accessed with the Seagate Media iOS app. John Martellaro reviews it, in-depth.

Apple TV: Time Warner was Apple’s Content Fallback Option

2:04 PM, Feb. 13th, 2014 · · Apple TV

Apple's original plan for the next generation Apple TV may have been to side step cable service providers and give new shows to customers without needing subscriptions from companies like Comcast, Time Warner, and Dish. Those negotiations apparently didn't pan out, leaving Apple in a position where it had to scale back its plans and start negotiating with Time Warner Cable for content deals instead.

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Apple needs content deals if it really is trying to present Apple TV as an alternative to traditional cable boxes. If it couldn't get the deals it needed by going to the content creators, turning to the big cable companies was about the only option.