Here’s Where to Sign Up for an Apple TV Developer Kit

6:18 PM, Sep. 9th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Developers can get early access to the new Apple TV

If you're a developer and want to get your hands the new Apple TV for app testing before its official release, you'll need to sign up by September 11. Apple has a Web page ready to go, and they're making test units available in several countries.

Adobe Says Apple Dominates ‘TV Everywhere’ Viewing

5:25 PM, Sep. 4th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Adobe Chart

Apple devices dominate consumption of "TV Everywhere" viewing, according to a new study by Adobe Digital Index, a research arm of the software maker. Led by the iPad, Apple devices accounted for some 61 percent of such viewing, and Apple claimed three of the top four devices used to watch TV content other than your TV.

Apple Committed to ‘Cleaning Up’ Apple Music

5:20 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple Music Promo Image

Apple is working on "cleaning up certain things" about Apple Music, according to Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, for Apple. In an interview with The Guardian, Mr. Schusser said that Apple has been getting feedback from 110 markets around the world, and was focused on improving the Apple Music experience.

Apple TV Needs Universal Search

12:03 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · · Apple TV


Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I.

How iTunes Movie DRM-Removal Software Keeps Me Honest

9:48 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · Apple TV


I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.

Vidity: A Potential UHD/4KTV Game Changer - Will Apple Play?

3:30 PM, Sep. 1st, 2015 · · Apple TV

Next gen Apple TV & Vidity

Customers who like to watch movies and TV shows on their own devices have suffered somewhat over the years. Changing formats have made their libraries obsolete and onerous DRM has made moving content around problematic. A new proposal and standard, backed widely, called Vidity, aims to change all that. Will Apple join in?

New Rumor Two-tier Pricing for Apple TV

9:07 AM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · Apple TV

New Apple TV model will get Siri support and native apps

When the price of Apple TV dropped to US$69 and added "starting at" to the streaming content device's webpage, Apple clearly telegraphed a higher priced model would be coming. Now a rumor claims that second model will be priced between $149 and $199, and is going to be introduced during the company's September 9 media event.

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Reports of a new Apple TV model that costs more and includes Siri voice control and an App Store isn't much of a surprise. When Apple changed the price of the third generation Apple TV to "starting at $69," it was all but confirming the higher priced model with more features was on the way.

Apple TV won’t get Streaming Television Until 2016

1:59 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · · Apple TV

New Apple TV launching without streaming TV service

Apple may be planning on introducing a new Apple TV model in September, but it won't come with a streaming television service—at least not until next year. Apple will reportedly introduce the new Apple TV on September 9, but won't mention its own streaming TV plans thanks to content licensing negotiation delays.

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Apple needs to do something to stay in the set top media box game, and getting a significant Apple TV refresh on store shelves would certainly help. They can work on getting the content deals in place for the rumored streaming TV service at the same time, but don't need to let that hold back the new hardware launch.