Adobe Says Apple Dominates ‘TV Everywhere’ Viewing

5:25 PM, Sep. 4th, 2015 · · Apple TV

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Apple Quietly Replacing Apple TVs for Wi-Fi Issues

10:21 AM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple swapping out some defective third gen Apple TVs

Apple is replacing a few third generation Apple TVs over wireless networking issues, but instead of announcing a recall program, the company is quietly contacting owners via email. The method Apple is using to alert customers is likely a sign that only a small number of defective Apple TV units were shipped, and not a move to cover up the problem.

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Apple's approach to replace the defective Apple TV units is a little different, but at least the company is proactively addressing the problem.

Report Claims iPhone Launch Event Set for Sept 9

6:53 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Report claims new iPhones coming September 9

Word on the street says Apple is planning a media event for September 9 to introduce the next iPhone model along with an updated Apple TV. The timing fits with the company's typical iPhone schedule and also happens to be the same date Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.

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A September iPhone media event makes sense considering Apple's typical annual update schedule. Hopefully we really will get a new Apple TV at the same time, and maybe we'll get a firm release date for iOS 9, too.