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.
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'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.
Apple TV rumors have been relatively quiescent in the last six months, but a report from Bloomberg promises to kick that topic back into gear. Citing unnamed sources, the news service said that Apple is planning a new Apple TV settop box it could introduce as early as April, but that could ship as late as the December quarter. Better yet, information about the interface revives the story of Steve Jobs "cracking the code."
Apple is promoting the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show with a new Apple TV channel. The channel includes the band's performance on the show, and also promotes their albums on the iTunes Store.
Apple has added another channel to Apple TV—Red Bull TV. As noted by Variety, the channel offers "inspirational entertainment programming, all of which is commercial free aside from Red Bull branding.
Apple rolled out another background update for Apple TV on Wednesday with more new channels. This time Watch ABC, Bloomberg, KORTV, and Crackle landed on our home screens.
Apple has signed Yahoo! and PBS up for app spots on the company's Apple TV. The apps join content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Vevo, Sky News, Smithsonian, and other media companies. [Update: Screenshot added.]
Apple's TV ambitions have been "put on hold again," according to unnamed sources cited by NPD DisplaySearch's Paul Gagnon. Those sources are in the TV industry's supply chain, and Mr. Gagnon speculates that Apple could be focusing on another long-rumored product entry, wearable computers (or wearables). Bryan Chaffin argues that there's not much meat on this rumor bone.
Apple updated Remote to version 4.0 Monday, a release that updates the look and feel of the app to iOS 7. It also supports iTunes 11.1. Remote allows users to remotely control iTunes on a Mac, PC, or Apple TV from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, control playlists, change song order, and more.
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