At one time, five years ago, curved TV screens were all the rage. Every TV manufacturer jumped on the bandwagon, fearful of being left out. Today, we know it was a fad. A folly. A technical dead end. Recently, ars technica took us back in time, via Twitter, to their prescient analysis. After a good technical roundup, “The flat-out truth on curved TVs” ars concluded:
The mishmash of arguments for a curved TV isn’t necessarily an indictment of the value of curved TV. This would not be the first time that manufacturers obscured the technical or scientific reasons for a decision because they think it’s too hard to explain to consumers. It may be easier to latch onto words like “immersive” and “theatrical” and hope no one asks the hard questions.
But, it would also not be the first time that manufacturers assigned value to some spec based on the idea that it qualitatively improved a viewing experience in some way, only for consumers to find the end result is underwhelming and, more importantly, not worth paying for.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Kelly Guimont to discuss iPhone XR pre-orders and who is lining up, as well as 4K television no longer being a fad.
Amazon has encountered problems as it began broadcasting the US Open tennis tournament. Premier League fans will be worried.
Apple’s new TV entertainment subscription service will either delight or infuriate its customers. Let’s go for delight.
Apple is continuing to expand its catalog of original TV shows by ordering a new dramedy called ‘Little Voices’ from producers J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles. The music-heavy show will focus on 20-somethings finding their way in New York City.
In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit are (quite unbelievably) joined by the illustrious Kelly Guimont and discuss iPhone addiction, Shenanigans with Kelly (watch John shove foot directly in mouth). They also talk about why TV rocks, or sucks if you’re wrong, like John. They cap the show with a couple of show picks. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)
Apple’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series is coming back for a second season on Apple Music.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about Instagram’s new Show Active Status feature, plus John explains the confusing state of Dolby Vision for Apple TV 4K owners.
Apple is pushing to land a deal with J.J. Abrams for a new sci-fi drama series for Apple Music.
John Martellaro and Bryan join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of the Mac now that the iMac Pro is available, plus they dive into Apple’s latest original show deal with Ronald D. Moore.
Apple has had rough going in the past with an obsolete Apple TV and less than stellar relationships with the studios. That’s about to change.
Michael Gartenberg spent three years as Apple’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP Phil Schiller. For his third appearance on Background Mode, we made a list of seven discussion items we both thought would be interesting. We got through two, but chatted about them in detail. The first was all about what’s to be gained by Apple allocating about a billion dollars to create original TV content. In the second segment, we talked about Apple’s struggles in the education market. Michael made some very interesting and very pointed observations. Don’t miss this one!
Apple TV’s Universal Search feature is inching closer to being an actual universal search now that Discovery Life GO, as well as a few other content providers, are on board.
Ten more cable service providers just came on board for iOS 10’s Single Sign-on feature for the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad.
Apple brings two TV programming big hitters on board for Apple Music’s original content.
Plex’s latest up date lets you watch over the air HD TV shows live instead of having to record them first.
A new report is in line with our belief that the iPad mini is in its final days. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the pending demise of Apple’s smallest iPad model, and on the company’s tablet strategy in general. They also look at what Michael Lombardo potentially joining the company could mean for its original TV show and movie plans.
Hulu launched its live streaming service, called Hulu with Live TV, on Wednesday with 60 channels and a 50-hour cloud-based DVR system. Hulu Live will cost you US$39.99 a month unless you also want Showtime, which adds $8.99 to the price.
AT&T offers streaming television through DirecTV Now, and soon Verizon will be on board with its own service this summer. The company has been hard at work lining up content deals and plans to offer its streaming service through set top boxes, smartphones, and tablets.