We’ve been waiting more than two years to get a decent upgrade for the AppleTV, but a new report suggests that Apple isn’t planning to launch the device this year, thanks to cable companies dragging their heals on deals.
The pending merger of Comcast and Time Warner have also been holding up the release, according to sources at The Information, who says Apple has told its engineers not to expect a launch until 2015.
Contractual issues with cable companies are the last hurdle Apple is facing with the launch, but cable providers are “dragging their heels” on signing a deal.
“Apple engineers who are working on aspects of the device have been told by their bosses not to expect a launch this year and are working off timelines that assume a launch next year, according to a person familiar with the plans. Apple employees have cited cable companies “dragging their heels” and the pending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger as reasons the device and accompanying TV service haven’t launched.”
The next Apple TV is rumored to have a focus on gaming, and could allow third-party developers access to the device. It has also been reported that Apple and Comcast have been in talks about the streaming service of the new device, while Apple has hired some TV executives to help with negotiations.
Television industry sources have denied claims that cable companies are the cause of the Apple TV delay, and suggest that Apple’s just bit off more than it can chew and will need to get permission from a ton of different rights holders to create the service it wants.