Apple quietly updated the Apple TV overnight to include a new Hulu Plus channel. The update gives Apple TV owners a new way to watch network television shows and movies on demand, and to see old shows that may not be available through Netflix streaming.
A report coming out China said on Friday that Apple’s much-rumored television set could be on its way in time for Christmas. The source of the story is the news that Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn’s parent company) will be taking delivery of LCD TV panels starting in the third quarter. That’s not only earlier than originally expected, Brian White of Topeka Capital said that these panels are intended for Apple’s television set.
Apple released Apple TV Software Update 5.0.2 on Tuesday, a release that includes an Australia-specific issue with Parental Controls. The patch notes say simply that the patch, “Addresses an issue which caused content restrictions to be incorrectly applied for the iTunes Store in Australia.”
Michael White, chair of DirectTV, isn’t too concerned that Apple will introduce TV products that will obsolete DirectTV technology. And he doubts that “Apple’s interface will be so much better than DirectTV’s that people will be willing to pay for an extra box.”
Unnamed sources claim Apple will introduce a new OS for the AppleTV at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The new operating system is said to include more features than the current AppleTV OS, and apparently will drive Apple’s rumored HD television, too.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been working on his Morse Code, judging from the talk he gave Tuesday night at AllThingsD’s D10 conference. Among the many things he talked about, Mr. Cook gave us more information about his company’s plans for a television set, if you don’t mind decoding the dots and dashes.
Apple’s AirPlay technology allows users to wirelessly stream content from their iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches to their Apple TV (and thus to their TV). Despite its potentially disruptive nature, however, Time Warner Cable’s CEO Glenn A. Britt had never heard of it until asked by a reporter during a group interview.
Cult of Mac this morning published a mockup of a future Apple television based on a description provided by an anonymous source who claimed to have seen a prototype of the device in action. While the story quickly spread to other tech sites, Jim Tanous was not impressed. He breaks down why the design lacks Apple’s disruptive flair and why Apple will have to (and likely will) do better with the final product.
It is reported that Apple has been in talks with EPIX to land a deal that would allow for streaming its movies on Apple devices. This is expected to include both current set-top devices and the rumored Apple HDTV, if such a device is ever produced.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted at gaming giant Valve’s headquarters in Washington State late last week, an event that has sparked much speculation and claims from unnamed sources. The former include the idea that Apple is interested in buying Valve, while the latter includes the claim that Apple is working with Valve to reinvent living room gaming.
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