Crazy Mix: a New Star Trek Series, CBS, Apple TV and the Cord Cutter

4:10 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Muddling through the Internet TV transition

Modern TV viewers are faced with the need to mix and match services to get the content they want, control costs, and make good use of the DVR to skip ads and/or use ad-free services like Netflix. It's all part of the transition to 100 percent Internet TV. Unfortunately, as the TV industry tries to optimize profits, the viewer is often caught in the middle. The New Star Trek series highlights the dilemma Apple wants to solve. 

Pangea Offers Developer Tutorial on Adding 3DTV Support to Apple TV Games

8:51 PM, Nov. 3rd, 2015 · · Apple TV

Bugdom 2 Stereo 3D Screenshot

Pangea Software founder Brian Greenstone has published a developer tutorial for adding 3DTV support—that is support for television sets with 3D—to their Apple TV 4th Generation games. This is trickier than it might seem at first blush because neither tvOS nor Apple TV support 3D TV—but Mr. Greenstone has figured out how to do with through tools available in OpenGL, and he's sharing.

TMO’s Apple TV App Roundup

2:40 PM, Oct. 30th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple TV supports third-party apps. Finally.

The new Apple TV is here, and that means we can finally start using third-party apps on our fancy little streaming entertainment boxes. The Mac Observer poked around and found several apps to get you started, but there are plenty more for you to try out. Read on to find some cool games, utilities, and more for your Apple TV.

Here’s Where to Buy an Apple TV Today

11:16 AM, Oct. 30th, 2015 · · Apple TV

You can buy the new Apple TV in stores today

Apple TV pre-orders start arriving today—at least for some people—and for everyone else who wants to get their hands on one right away you can make a trip to the local Apple Store. Other retailers are carrying them, too, although inventory may be limited.

Apple Stores to Sell New Apple TV on Oct 30

11:09 AM, Oct. 29th, 2015 · · Apple TV

You can buy the new Apple TV in Apple Stores on Friday

If you've been gambling on picking up a fourth generation Apple TV in an Apple Store on Friday instead of waiting for next week's deliveries, you're in luck. The Mac Observer paid a visit to our local Apple Store and asked if we can buy a new Apple TV in-store on Friday, and in a word, they said "yes."

BBC iPlayer Coming to Apple TV

10:12 AM, Oct. 29th, 2015 · · Apple TV

BBC's iPlayer coming to Apple TV soon

Good news UK BBC watchers: BBC iPlayer is coming to the new Apple TV soon. That means everyone who's been using AirPlay with their iPhone or iPad to get shows from iPlayer onto their TV will finally have a native Apple TV app instead.

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Good news: BBC iPlayer is getting a native Apple TV app.

Bad news: It's fourth generation only; third gen Apple TV owners are going to miss out.

Apple TV’s Siri Won’t Support Apple Music Until Next Year

9:05 AM, Oct. 29th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Siri can't search Apple Music on your new Apple TV until next year

Apple TV deliveries start tomorrow, October 30th, but it won't support using Siri voice commands to find songs on Apple Music—at least not yet. Apple said the feature is coming, but won't be available until early 2016.

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It kind of sucks Apple TV won't have Siri support for Apple Music at launch. Knowing that's coming soon, however, does take away some of the sting.

Game On! Apple TV gets Game Controllers

9:41 AM, Oct. 26th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple offers game controllers as accessories for new Apple TV

If you plan on getting into multiplayer games with the new Apple TV you just ordered, or aren't into using the included remote as a game controller, Apple has an accessory for you: the SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller. It's available as an add-on option when you buy your Apple TV, and it's a lot cheaper than buying a second Apple Siri Remote.