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Apple TV rumors and our future robot overlords take over The CultCast

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Come with us if you want to CultCast.

This week: more rumors of a souped-up Apple TV coming in June, and we examine the softer side of Steve Jobs, as described in a new unofficial, Apple-backed biography. Plus: Skynet is the stuff of movies, but Elon Musk, Steven Hawking, and now Steve Wozniak, all believe AI is a big threat. Should we worried? You’re gonna want to unplug your Segway after this discussion.

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Apple TV rumors and our future robot overlords take over The CultCast

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Comcast denies talking with Apple about TV service

Apple isn't talking with NBC's parent company about a TV service. Photo: NBCUniversal

Apple hasn’t approached NBC’s parent company about a TV service. Photo: NBCUniversal

It turns out Apple isn’t talking with NBCUniversal about partnering for its forthcoming TV service. At least not yet.

How do we know? Because Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, hasn’t been approached by Apple at all. But that doesn’t mean NBCUniversal’s content won’t be on Apple’s service when it launches.

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CNN lands on Apple TV, but you still need cable

Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

CNN came to the Apple TV today in the form of “CNNgo,” an app that lets you view live broadcasts, shows, and popular news clips.

Unfortunately, the bulk of CNNgo is still shackled to cable, meaning you won’t be able to view anything except some short video highlights without first entering TV subscription information.

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Apple TV adds TED Talks, Young Hollywood, and Tastemade channels

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Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple TV is boosting up its channel lineup ahead of the company’s rumored launch of a stand-alone streaming service. Channels for TED Talks, Young Hollywood, and Tastemade were added to the Apple TV homescreen this morning, bringing viewers a new selection of cooking tutorials, celebrity TV shows, and educational talks.

TED Talks serves up a number of presentations given by intellectuals all over the world, focusing on a myriad of topics ranging from body language to how we discovered DNA. Young Hollywood offers users a range of celebrity-focused shows, interviews, and other programming all available for free. Aspiring chefs can find a bevy of cooking shows in the Tastemade channel that features food adventure shows, cooking shows, and also video city guides.

Siri and App Store will make Apple TV a game-changer

We're finally going to get the TV experience we deserve. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

We’re finally going to get the TV experience we deserve. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

A new Apple TV set-top box is set to arrive this summer at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, according to a new report citing sources familiar with the situation.

The upgrade would represent a much-needed “significant overhaul” of the device, letting it go far beyond Apple’s current TV offering and crossing over into other areas such as music, apps and even home automation — with a nifty Siri-based interface, to boot.

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Apple TV service could generate $30 billion per year

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple TV’s big redesign has been rumored for over a year now, but the long wait might pay off big time, for shareholders at least.

By blowing up the cable industry with its subscription TV streaming service, Apple could add up to $30 billion in global annual revenue to its bottom line, according to projections released by Baird Equity Research.

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Apple in talks to bring Discovery and Viacom aboard its web TV venture

Could the Apple TV be your next games console? Photo: Robert S. Donovan

Apple’s next-gen TV service is sounding better by the day. Photo: Robert S. Donovan/Flickr CC

The more we hear, the more Apple’s reported web TV service sounds like a dream come true for cord-cutters!

With previous reports suggesting the subscription service will offer around 25 channels in total, a new Wall Street Journal report claims Apple is busy talking with both Discovery and Viacom about the venture. Deals with those companies could bringing channels including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon to viewers.

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How Apple is sweetening the deal for potential TV partners

How Apple is sweetening the deal for potential TV partners

Content creators want to know what people are watching, and Apple is willing to help. Photo: Robert S. Donovan

Apple is planning its own cable-free TV service for a fall launch, and it’s pulling out all the stops to lure potential content partners.

According to a new report, networks Apple is courting have been offered complete access to viewer data, such as what shows they watch and when they watch them. It’s an unusually friendly negotiating approach for Apple that signals the company really wants to get the service off the ground soon.

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Apple TV streaming service coming in June with 25 channels

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

It’s looking like 2015 will finally be the year that Apple’s dream TV service becomes a reality.

After years of reports that the company has been trying to get its own TV subscription off the ground, June is on track to be the month it’s debuted for the world to see. The service will reportedly offer around 25 channels and cost a little more than the competition.

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This is how much it costs to upgrade from Apple zero to Apple hero

You can join the cult -- for a price. Photo: Apple

You can join the cult — for a price. Photo: Apple

Assume, for a moment, you’ve always been an Android guy but yesterday’s spintastic Apple Watch presentation sent you over the edge.

Now you’re a freshly minted Apple fanboy with money to burn, and you want to go from zero to full-on Apple hero. How much is it going to set you back if you’re ready to go all in with the latest, greatest gear Cupertino has to offer?

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