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Briefly: YouTube vanishes from older Apple TVs, Ford adding CarPlay

05/04, 5:08pm

Change in Google API forces Apple to remove YouTube from older Apple TV models

Owners of second-generation Apple TV units -- the last of the larger, gray-colored models -- have reported that YouTube has vanished from the devices starting last night, with both the dedicated channel and references to the feature being removed. As reported previously, the change is due to alterations Google announced last month in the YouTube Data API to allow for new features that various older devices, including some of Google's own, cannot support. Also affected in the cutoff are YouTube app support for older iOS devices running obsolete versions of iOS.

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Briefly: iOS 8 cracks 80 percent, Apple TV slips to 1-2 weeks shipping

04/30, 4:30pm

Following botched early update, iOS resumes usual pattern of quick adoption

Apple has updated its App Store distribution graph for developers, showing that iOS 8 has now been adopted by 81 percent of active iOS devices. The figure, which has risen two percent from the previous report in mid-April, reflects the overall improvements brought to the system since its initial release, as well as the wide compatibility of iOS 8, which goes back to 2011's iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. The rapid adoption rate continues to be a major platform advantage for developers.

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Briefly: Instagram adds three filters, NBC Sports on Roku, Apple TV

04/27, 5:04pm

Instagram adds three filters, emoji hashtag support to iOS, Android apps

Instagram has updated both the iOS and Android versions of the photo app with more filters. Lark desaturates reds and adds more to blues and greens for landscapes, Reyes adds a dusty layer to the image, and Juno tints cool tones green while making warmer tones pop. The app also introduces the option of using emoji when writing hashtags for images.

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Google cuts YouTube support for older Apple TV, Google TV, iOS devices

04/21, 7:58am

Supported device list pruned as part of YouTube Data API changes

Google is preparing to cut support for its YouTube apps on a number of aging devices. An announcement on the YouTube support pages notes that select devices manufactured before or during 2012 will lose support for the video app, with the list including smart TVs and Blu-ray players, older Google TV devices, earlier models of the Apple TV, and some iOS devices.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 10: now available on iTunes

04/13, 2:41pm

Apple Watch hands-on reports, a look at Photos, new videos, more

Following a longer-than-expected submission process to Apple, we're pleased to report that episode 10 of The MacNN Podcast, along with all previous episodes, has finally arrived on iTunes. Listeners can now search for, subscribe to, and generally wallow in our backlog of tech news, app picks, and bad jokes. The latest episode has a couple of remote reports from Australia and the UK about the Apple Watch concierge try-on experience, the arrival of Photos with OS X 10.10.3, our new videos, and more.

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HBO Now officially launches on Apple TV, no cable subscription needed

04/07, 11:45am

Vast library of current and previous HBO programming available for $15 per month

The standalone service HBO Now has launched on Apple TV in a new update, offering owners of Apple's set-top box the option of subscribing to HBO without an existing cable or satellite subscription as a requirement. Included in the deal, which includes a "first month free" trial offer, is all current HBO programming including movies, and access to all previous original HBO programming, including series such as Veep.

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Report: Apple demanding studios provide streaming for TV service

04/01, 5:35pm

Apple leaving streaming to broadcasters; sticking with hardware, software

As part of its as yet unconfirmed live television service, Apple is reportedly asking the networks themselves to handle the technical details, and associated costs of the streams that will reportedly be available on the Apple TV, similar to deals in place now. Costs generally run $0.05 per stream per hour, but executives are said to be balking at the potential cost for the as yet unknown demand for the service.

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NBC denies ever having television streaming discussions with Apple

03/27, 5:10pm

Attorney responding to Comcast merger complaint spills the beans

Throwing some doubt on the veracity of earlier reports by the Wall Street Journal NBCUniversal has said in a letter to the US Federal Communications Commission that not only is it not keeping back content from any prospective Apple television network, it has not even been launched discussions with Apple in the first place. The revelation was made as part of an information request fulfilled by the programmer, answering questions about the prospective Time Warner Cable and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast's merger.

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Living with: Nine years of the Apple TV

03/27, 9:53am

Prognostications after long term use of Apple's set top box

Once upon a time, there was a nascent technologist in the early part of the century. This writer was flummoxed by having to burn DVD for video playback for his occupation at the time, given the cost of the media. Then, a certain Cupertino fruit-branded computer company released the Mac mini's first iteration. Connected with a $20 video dongle, and an audio adapter, the (at the time) cutting-edge concept of a computer connected to a television solved many local problems. Apple, and this technologist, have both come a long way since then. The vast majority of the functionality of a Mac mini connected to a TV was replaced by the Apple TV shortly thereafter. The future is bright, but vague, for Apple's once-hobby. What's come before, and what's yet to come?

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Briefly: iPhone trade-ins coming to China, Apple TV adds CNNgo

03/26, 1:53pm

Trade-up program for older iPhones expected to kick off March 31

According to reports, Apple is set to launch an iPhone trade-in program in China on March 31, joining several existing programs in other countries around the world, including the US, Canada, the Netherlands, and a number of European countries, among others. Users will be able to bring in older iPhone and trade it in for store credit towards a newer model. The program has been shown to boost sales.

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Briefly: Apple TV gains new channels, Pro Tools 12 changes pricing

03/24, 3:17pm

Apple TV gains three additional channels amid talk of fall revamp

On Tuesday, Apple added three channels to its ever-expanding Apple TV lineup, bringing Young Hollywood, Tastemade, and TED to current-generation (black) Apple TV boxes. The TED app channel brings access to over 2,000 lectures and performances, with existing TED members able to sign in and sync viewing and watch lists across devices, as well as bringing the personalized "lean back" autoplay feature to the Apple TV.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode seven: Apple TV rumors, Windows 10, more

03/22, 8:09pm

Disrupting industries is the new black, great apps and fair app prices, bad jokes

The MacNN Podcast episode seven is now available, and this week we looked at the rumor that Apple is preparing to revamp the Apple TV and sweeten the pot with an optional package of channel offerings that don't require a cable subscription; Google's entry into the MVNO space; the recent Microsoft announcements about Windows 10; Facebook getting into inter-site payments; the return of Launcher to the App Store, and the removal of so-called "anti-virus" iOS apps; our latest "Living With" column; and our favorite apps of the week.

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Revamped Apple TV to arrive around WWDC, report claims

03/20, 11:56am

Will be able to run selected iOS apps, offer storage, HomeKit support, more

Citing unnamed "sources familiar with the company's plans," a new report claims that Apple's long-awaited Apple TV revamp is finally about to appear, with the company allegedly planning to show off the new device at the Worldwide Developer's Conference this June. According to the report, the set-top box would see an increase of storage, its own dedicated App Store and SDK, a revised interface, and more.

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Apple deals: new lower prices

03/10, 12:32pm

new lower prices

At Apple's online store today, find new reduced prices on refurbished iPods, Macs and accessories. The refurbished Apple TV is now only $59, since a brand new model has been dropped to $69. With the drop in price on brand new iPod touch models (from $199), Apple has also slashed prices on reconditioned models, with the 16GB configuration now only $149.

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Analysis: Apple's 'Spring Forward' event

03/09, 7:34pm

Our staff weighs in on the highs, lows and 'what the?' moments

Today's "Spring Forward" event in San Francisco lived up to the hype, generally, with strong performances from the Apple executive team, richer demonstrations of the Apple Watch and more importantly, the diversity of apps that will be available for it, and a somewhat-surprising return of the MacBook consumer notebook, which is likely to displace the MacBook Air in time. Apple also brought out the unexpected ResearchKit, and cut the price of the Apple TV. We asked some of our staff for their thoughts.

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HBO Now confirmed alongside Apple TV price cut to $69

03/09, 1:27pm

HBO streaming service heading to Apple devices for $15 per month

HBO has unveiled its new streaming service during Apple's Spring Forward Event, one rumored for a long time but resurfacing just last week. The exclusive service, launching soon, will be accompanied by a price cut for the Apple TV, with the streaming set-top box being cut from its $99 price down to a more-affordable $69.

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Apple in talks to add streaming HBO service to Apple TV

03/04, 6:02pm

Channel would not require existing cable or satellite subscription

According to a new report, Apple is in talks with movie and original program service HBO to bring its streaming service, called "HBO Now," to Apple TV as a standalone subscription service that does not require an existing cable or satellite connection. The deal, if it goes through, would bring some flexibility to users who would like HBO programming, but don't want to pay for a higher-priced bundle that cable companies often force on customers. The service might launch in time for the Game of Thrones premiere on April 12.

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Some Apple TVs spamming DHCP requests, potentially slowing LAN

02/18, 11:45am

Problem limited to third generation models, software reinstall doesn't help

A support thread opened on the Apple Community Support forum notes that an Apple TV third-generation model will repeatedly hit a wired network with Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) network IP address request broadcasts, seeking an IP address, regardless if it has one or not. MacNN has witnessed this behavior with several Apple TV version 3 units (but not all that we tested), and also confirmed a pair of workarounds for the situation.

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Munster sees fall Apple TV refresh, denies 2015 Apple television set

02/12, 4:00pm

Analyst famous for Apple television prediction changes mind for 2015

Apple pundit and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has changed tack from his normal annual predictions of an Apple-branded television set for this year, and now believes that a refreshed Apple TV will be seen in the fall 2015 product refresh. While he still believes an Apple television is inevitable, a revamped and upgraded fourth generation Apple TV will bridge the gap between a set top, and a full set, he has told clients.

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Hands On: Silver Screen 1.1.1 (OS X)

02/10, 4:28pm

Stream any video, from nearly any original source, to your Apple TV

One of the very handiest things about Apple TV is that with it, you can use your television to watch any video on your Macs -- except you really can't, if you operate outside Apple's garden at all. If that video is in iTunes by hook or by crook, you're all set. If it isn't -- and we know you have some that isn't -- then you need to buy Silver Screen: it will stream any video, of just about any format, to your TV.

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Apple TV gets 120 Sports network

01/27, 11:26am

Provides highlights, replays from various leagues

Apple has silently added another channel to the Apple TV, 120 Sports. The network is backed by Sports Illustrated, and covers leagues such as the NHL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, and NCAA. On the Apple TV, users can browse through Dashboard, Timeline, and Catch-Up sections. Timeline lets users watch a live stream and videos in reverse chronological order, whereas Catch-Up is a curated collection of clips related to trending topics.

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Apple outlines compatibility with non-HomeKit gear

01/23, 1:30am

Wide compatibility with third-party equipment; no Wi-Fi bridging

Apple on Thursday clarified its guidelines on its HomeKit home automation platform and its ability to "play well with others" in terms of third-party automation products and their own connectivity platforms. The iPhone maker will allow HomeKit products to be compatible with some competing protocols such as Zigbee or Z-Wave, but there are limits to the compatibility allowed. In addition to requiring an Apple TV for outside-the-local-network remote appliance control through Siri, the unit can act as a bridge to third-party devices.

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HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri commands

01/12, 10:18am

Direct app controls unrestricted

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly - cuts out the Apple TV requirement.

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DirecTV users get access to Fox Now, FX Now, Nat Geo app content

12/19, 3:39pm

Platforms include iOS, Apple TV, Android, Windows

DirecTV has announced a partnership with Fox Networks, giving subscribers to the satellite-based TV service access to all the content in the Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on multiple platforms. This includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Windows devices. In effect, the change means that the apps have simply added DirecTV as a service authentication option, joining other TV providers such as cable operators.

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Watch ABC app for Apple TV gets full episodes for non-subscribers

12/19, 9:18am

New content delayed without verified cable subscription

Users of the Watch ABC app on the Apple TV set-top box can now watch full episodes a week after they air without a subscription, ABC has announced. Previously the app was like most network-based offerings on Apple TV, limiting that content to people who could authenticate a cable subscription. Watching the latest episodes as soon as they're uploaded (next-day) still requires authentication, as does the live feed available in select cities.

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Apple TV gets updated YouTube app, UFC, other additions

12/09, 12:41pm

YouTube app brought up to parity with other platforms

The Apple TV has received several new app updates. The most important of these may be a revamped YouTube app, bringing its features closer to par with other platforms. Search results are now displayed while typing, for instance, and users can subscribe to a channel directly, instead of having to use the desktop website or a mobile app. The Apple TV app has also brought in recommendations based on viewing history.

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Apple Deals: refurbished Macs from $769, iPads from $309

11/28, 9:00am

refurbished Macs from $769 and iPads from $309

Today at Apple's online store, save on refurbished Macs as low as $769 and iPads from $309. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage is available for $769 after a $130 discount. Priced at $309, after a $70 discount, is the refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular for AT&T and 16GB of storage.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, Apple TV, AirPort Extreme

11/18, 3:51pm

MacBook Air, Apple TV, AirPort Extreme

Today's deal of the day from MacMall.com is on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air, which has been reduced from $999 down to $899. That $100 discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this configuration by about $50. This MacBook Air features a 1.4GHz Intel (Haswell) dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. It is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

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Apple releases simultaneous OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1 updates

11/17, 2:13pm

Yosemite update fixes serious Wi-Fi issues

Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 for Mac copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets.

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CBS News arrives on Apple TV with free streaming content

11/06, 5:00pm

Also includes on-demand material from shows like 60 Minutes

The Apple TV has been quietly updated with another new app channel, CBS News. The app is entirely free, and in fact features CBSN, a newly-launched streaming service. CBSN coverage is live, and anchored between 9AM and 12AM Eastern time every weekday; in the event of special reports or breaking news, it will offer simulcasts with CBS News itself. The service is ad-supported in the form of commercials between segments, and should pull in material from CBS-owned sources such as CNet and Entertainment Tonight.

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Apple TV picks up A&E's FYI, Hallmark's Feeln app channels

10/28, 11:43am

Feeln comes tied to monthly or annual subscription

Two new channels have been silently added to the Apple TV. The first of this is A&E's FYI, formerly known as Biography and rebranded in July. Most of the network's content is reality TV programming such as Tiny House Nation and Best in Bridal. On the Apple TV some videos are free, but full access requires authenticating with a cable provider.

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Philips televisions bundled with Apple TV go on sale in India

10/09, 12:43pm

Listings for Apple TV, Philips television packages in India spotted

Philips has started to offer a new range of televisions in India, with the sets being made available bundled with the Apple TV. The collection, which will start from Rs 29,990 ($490) for the base model, will apparently include the Apple set-top box to provide smart TV functionality, as Philips attempts to cash in on holiday season sales in the country.

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UK's Sky Now TV brings Entertainment, Movies packages to Apple TV

09/24, 12:01pm

Offerings advance beyond sports

UK TV network Sky has expanded its Now TV offerings on the Apple TV to include its Entertainment and Movies packages, according to an announcement. The app's user interface is largely the same -- including New In, Most Popular, and Must See categories -- but now extends beyond sports, and has adopted a "flat" look to match the Apple TV's new iOS 8-style aesthetics. The Now TV iOS app has offered a wider range of content for some time.

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Apple TV gets promised FX Now app channel

09/23, 4:09pm

Simpsons World yet to go live

Apple has silently updated the Apple TV with an expected FX Now app channel. The app offers on-demand streaming of content from FX, FXX, and FXM, featuring shows such as American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy. Viewers must, however, authenticate a cable subscription from a provider such as AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, or Time Warner Cable to utilize the Apple TV channel.

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Apple Watch will be able to control Apple TV, says Cook

09/23, 11:35am

CEO hints at still greater uses

People will be able to use the Apple Watch as a remote for their Apple TV, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentions in the full-length version of a recent Bloomberg interview. "I love operating my Apple TV from the watch. I don't have to worry anymore about the remote falling through the cushions of the sofa," he joked. The interviewer notes that the public has yet to see the matching app. "There's -- I don't think we showed this," Cook responds. "I've got a little advance copy. And so it will operate your Apple TV, and you can imagine that it can control other things as well."

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HomeKit support present in latest Apple TV firmware, source says

09/22, 11:40am

Set-top could serve as hub for smarthome platform

The latest Apple TV firmware also includes support for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8, a source for Forbes notes. Apple hasn't promoted the fact, and the source suggests this is because there's little reason to do so until other peripherals support it. While HomeKit is available as a platform, and partners like Honeywell and Philips have been announced, certified products haven't begun reaching stores.

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Apple TV firmware updates with new look, Beats Music, Family Sharing

09/17, 2:30pm

Will eventually support iCloud Photo Library

Accompanying iOS 8 today is updated firmware for the Apple TV. Immediately visible are new cosmetic touches, namely thinner fonts and "flatter" app icons. It also includes some feature additions, such as a Beats Music channel, making it possible to listen to the subscription service Apple acquired earlier this year.

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Netflix comes to Germany with day-one support on many devices

09/16, 3:07pm

Includes Apple TV, Chromecast

Netflix has expanded into Germany, according to an announcement by the streaming video service. Plans start at €8 per month ($10.37 US) for basic SD streaming. Two simultaneous devices plus HD quality is €9 ($11.66), while four simultaneous devices with Ultra HD (when available) is €12 ($15.55). As elsewhere, each account can have up to four profiles, which can be age-restricted if need be.

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Apple Store goes down, Apple TV channel goes up ahead of press event

09/09, 9:08am

Regular Apple event prep underway

The online Apple store has gone down temporarily, ahead of today's press event. Apple regularly takes the store offline just before an event, so that product pages can be put in place without spoiling announcements. Typically, the store only returns after the event is completely finished.

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Forums: new channels on Apple TV and more

09/02, 12:09pm

new channels on Apple TV and more

With the long holiday weekend, and kids heading back-to-school, the last few days have been rather quiet in the MacNN forums. Forum members continue to discuss price differences between SSDs and HDDs in the thread titled "Hard Drive Ripoffs" started by "reader50" late last week. Moderator "P" noticed new Apple TV channels appearing in Sweden, and wonders if there have been more channels added in other regions as well.

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Apple completes iTunes Festival lineup with final 20 performers

09/01, 8:00pm

Famed tenor Placido Domingo to close out month-long concert series

The iTunes Festival is now underway in London, having kicked off the first night of the month-long concert series with headliner Deadmau5 and opening acts Friends Within and Kate Simko & the London Electronic Orchestra. Performances are streamed live through the official iOS app, iTunes on the Mac or Windows, or via the dedicated Apple TV channel, with selected acts available for repeat or later viewing.

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Forums: Hard Drive ripoffs, new Apple TV channels and more

08/29, 2:19pm

Hard Drive ripoffs, new Apple TV channels and more

This week in the MacNN forums, Administrator "reader50" started a conversation about hard drive prices after making an observation about how generic hard drive prices haven't dropped in price the way they should have over the last 4 years. Yesterday Junior Member "anselm" had a few questions about using FileVault in OS X 10.9.

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Briefly: Watch ABC iOS app adds AirPlay, BitTorrent Sync 1.4

08/26, 5:07pm

Watch ABC app for iOS updated, adds AirPlay and Chromecast support

American television network ABC has updated its content streaming app for iOS. Watch ABC allows its users to view the network's shows, sports content, news and weather reports on demand - so long as a participating cable TV provider account is used to sign in to the service. Live video content is available in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles and other major cities, subject to the participating TV provider as well. Watch ABC v3.4.0 now includes the ability to stream content with AirPlay, via Apple TV, and as well by using Chromecast via Google Chromecast. Watch ABC for iOS is free to download, and requires iOS 5.0 or later to run.

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Showtime Anytime arrives on Apple TV

08/26, 11:30am

Live streaming locked to authenticated subscription

In addition to an updated iTunes Festival app, the Apple TV has also been refreshed with Showtime Anytime, an app for the Showtime TV network. While some episodes are available on-demand for free, full use of the app -- including live streaming -- requires authenticating a subscription with compatible providers. That list includes AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DirecTV, Optimum, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and a number of regional firms.

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Apple TV 'unavailable for pickup' at many US Apple Stores

08/21, 9:25am

Empty stocks linked to $25 iTunes cards

The Apple TV is showing as "unavailable for pickup" at many Apple Stores across the US, including the most high-profile ones in California, Texas, and New York. The absent stocks are reportedly being blamed on the ongoing $25 iTunes card bundle. Sales may also be influenced by a recent Lollapalooza livestream, and Apple's forthcoming coverage of iTunes Festival London.

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Apple TV gets delayed NFL Now app

08/20, 2:41pm

Includes access to personalized streams

Nearly two weeks after its announcement on August 7, the NFL Now Apple TV app has finally gone live. Functionally, the app is similar to its iOS counterpart, providing a certain amount of free content, while moving other material -- such as game highlights and NFL Films specials -- behind a paywall. The NFL is promising to add 105 hours of original content per week.

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Apple gives away $25 iTunes gift cards with new Apple TV purchases

08/12, 11:37am

Likely attempt to revive sales

In tandem with the upcoming iTunes Festival in London, Apple has announced a promotion that will get buyers of new Apple TVs a $25 iTunes gift card. The deal runs through September 30th, the end of the festival. The card can be used to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books.

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NFL Now arrives on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad

08/07, 9:34am

Full access limited to monthly subscribers

As anticipated, NFL Now apps have been launched for the iPhone and iPad and the Apple TV. The titles promise "hundreds of new videos daily" connected to teams and players; users also can get a non-stop stream based on preferences learned over time.

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ABC News app for Apple TV proving more popular than mobile, desktop

08/06, 2:55pm

Users tuning in during primetime hours

ABC News has published new statistics showing that its Apple TV app is enjoying early popularity. During its first 30 days, the app is said to have registered about 50 percent more live video access than ABC's desktop and mobile services combined. Moreover, viewers are said to spend 65 percent more time per session on the Apple TV than on ABC's website.

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Briefly: DevonThink and DevonNote 2.7.7

08/05, 12:29am

DevonThink and DevonNote updated

DevonTechnologies has released updated versions of its document and information management software for Mac. The latest version of DevonThink, v2.7.7, recognizes Swift source code files as plain text, and retains more metadata when exporting documents. The program's interface can now retain scroll position, insertion mark position, and selection when toggling views. Able to index external folders faster, the software can support OS X Mavericks tags based on former labels.

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