Get Ready for an Apple TV Update on September 18

11:57 AM, Sep. 11th, 2013 · · Apple TV

Apple used its Tuesday media event to focus on new iPhone models and the launch of iOS 7. The big software update will hit on September 18, and insider sources say a software update for Apple TV will hit at the same time.

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Even though Apple hasn't said an Apple TV update is happening next Wednesday, it makes sense. iOS 7 includes improved AirPlay streaming features plus iTunes Radio, and Apple TV needs an update to take advantage of those features. We'll be watching for the update.

2 Free iOS Apps For The Shakespeare Lovers and More

6:30 PM, Aug. 30th, 2013 · · Apple TV

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Enjoy Shakespeare? Vern Seward points out two free iOS apps that'll help you get the most out of The Bard's master works in this week's Free on iTunes. They're called Shakespeare and SwipeSpeare, and he has some more freebies to share with you, too.

Apple TV gets Vevo, Disney Channel, More

1:03 PM, Aug. 27th, 2013 · · Apple TV

Apple added several new channels to Apple TV on Tuesday, including Vevo, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Smithsonian, and The Weather Channel. Reports that Vevo was coming to Apple TV surfaced in early August, but until today there wasn't any official confirmation.

Vevo for Apple TV Could Launch this Week

9:00 AM, Aug. 21st, 2013 · · Apple TV

The online music video service Vevo could show up on Apple TV as early as this week, giving watchers a taste of what MTV used to be. Word of an Apple TV-specific Vevo app surfaced earlier this month, but now the Wall Street Journal is on board with its sources saying it's coming soon.

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Bringing Vevo to Apple TV is a win for Vevo and Apple. Vevo gets music videos in front of more eyes, and Apple adds yet another channel to its set top entertainment box. For Apple TV owners, that means they get easy access to music videos, and have one less reason to pay for cable or satellite television.

Apple TV: Apple’s Highlander Move

10:18 AM, Aug. 14th, 2013 · · Apple TV

Just because Apple still calls Apple TV a hobby doesn't mean that's what the set top home entertainment box really is, and with purchase of Matcha.tv, the iPhone and iPad maker may be gunning to be the Highlander of streaming content devices. Matcha, before it disappeared in May, told users which services offered the shows they want to watch, and that's something Apple could use to make the channels, networks, and online services irrelevant: Just ask Apple TV to find you a show and it does, no matter where it may live online.

Apple Seeds Apple TV 5.4 beta 4 to Developers

2:48 PM, Aug. 6th, 2013 · · Apple TV

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Apple has seeded beta 4 of Apple TV 5.4 to developers. Mum's the word on new features so far, but the beta is available through Apple's Developer site and through Apple TV devices already set up to run the developer betas.

Apple TV: The Competition-beating Hobby

10:02 AM, Jul. 17th, 2013 · · Apple TV

While companies like Roku and TiVo are fighting to control the streaming content market, Apple's little hobby -- the Apple TV -- is currently the clear winner. Roku has 21.5 percent of IP streaming device market, TiVo has 6.5 percent, and Apple TV holds 56.1 percent of the market.

Apple May Have Found the Chink in TV’s Armor: Pay-for-Ad-Skipping

8:28 PM, Jul. 15th, 2013 · · Apple TV

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Apple has been shopping networks and studios a service that would allow users to skip commercials for a fee. The negotiations represent a new spearhead from Apple to bring a premium TV platform to market, with the company seeing revenue-for-ad-skipping as an opportunity to get its corporate foot in the door.

Microsoft Killing MSN TV isn’t an Apple TV Win

11:19 AM, Jul. 8th, 2013 · · Apple TV

There's one less console in the living room now that Microsoft has officially announced the demise of MSN TV. The device started life as WebTV and was a hardware package that turned user's televisions into simple Web surfing and email systems while also offering up online entertainment, and even though it will soon be gone, Apple doesn't have much to celebrate.