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Why hands-on with Apple Watch has made us believers, this week on The CultCast

We're seeing the light.

We’re seeing the light.

We cover all the best Apples stories on each week’s CultCast, but this week we take it to the next level. Hit play to hear: why trying on the Apple Watch will make you a believer; our WWDC hardware predictions; why a recent acquisition might mean a revolutionary new iPhone camera; and Leander reviews the new Macbook.

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Why hands-on with Apple Watch has made us believers, this week on The CultCast

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Apple only takes 15% cut on HBO Now, Netflix, and Hulu subscriptions

HBO Now. Photo: HBO

HBO Now. Photo: HBO

Apple scored a huge win for Apple TV by making it the only platform your can watch HBO Now on for the next three months, and according to a new report, Apple might be rewarding HBO by taking a much lower cut on subscription fees than cable companies.

Apple has been taking a 30 percent cut anytime a company signs up a customer for a service through an iOS app. Publishers bristled at Apple’s policy when it was introduced in 2011, however, when it comes to subscriptions purchased through Apple TV, Apple has decided to reduced its take by 50%.

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How to get a free month of HBO Now on Apple TV or iOS

HBO Now on the big screen. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

HBO Now on the big screen. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Want a free month of HBO Now on your Apple TV, iPad or iPhone? If you sign up for the standalone service now, you can watch the premier of Game of Thrones on April 15 absolutely free.

I’m a long-time cord cutter and I’m super-excited that I can now purchase HBO directly from the television network, via iTunes, instead of having to sign up for a local cable TV package and then pay for HBO on top of that.

If you’ve got an Apple TV or an iOS device, you can get your own free month. Here’s how.

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How Jimmy Iovine got HBO Now on Apple TV and iOS

HBO Now. Photo: HBO

Jimmy Iovine played a key role bring HBO Now to Apple. Photo: HBO

HBO finally unleashed its Netflix-killer today with the HBO Now app for iOS and Apple TV. The company is already having a hard time keeping up with demand on the streaming service, but according to a profile on HBO CEO Richard Plepler CEO, the original plan was to launch it at the end of 2016.

Today’s launch may not have happened it if weren’t for Apple executive Jimmy Iovine, who sparked the connection between HBO and Apple. After Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch made a hostile bid to takeover of Time Warner last year, Plepler says he knew he need to pivot the company. So he called up his old buddy Jimmy and asked if Apple would be interested in an HBO Now deal.

“I think that’s the shit,” Jimmy said.

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Your free month of HBO Now on Apple TV starts today

Photo: HBO

Photo: HBO

HBO Now has finally landed on Apple TV, giving users access to stream HBO’s entire catalog of shows and live programming for just $14.99 per month. Apple TV owners can start using the service immediately with a free 30-day trial period.

Today’s HBO Now launch comes just in time for the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere this Sunday. If you haven’t caught up, there might be enough hours left in the week to stream the past four seasons.

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Apple takes a hands-off approach to streaming for new TV service

Apple's forthcoming service would unify top TV networks into one package. Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

Apple’s forthcoming service would unify top TV networks into one package. Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

More details surrounding Apple’s unreleased TV streaming service are leaking out as its Worldwide Developer Conference approaches in June.

There’s still a lot we don’t know for sure, but a new report sheds light on how Apple is proposing to handle the actual streaming of live TV to its millions of users.

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HBO coming soon to Sling TV

Sling television interface. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Sling’s television interface. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Dish has reached a new agreement with Turner Broadcasting to keep TBS, TNT, and CNN on its Sling TV service. That’s great news for cord-cutters, but what’s even better is that HBO is coming aboard too — and in time for the new season of Game of Thrones!

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

Come with us if you want to CultCast.

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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