All items tagged with "Apple TV"

New Apple TV with App Store and Siri will debut at WWDC

We're finally going to get the TV experience we deserve.

Apple TV might be in for a massive upgrade.

The biggest Apple TV update ever could make an appearance next month at WWDC, according to a new report that claims the new set-top box will feature innovative new software features to go with the hardware upgrade.

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Carl Icahn thinks Apple is about to launch an UltraHD TV

Carl Icahn is coo-coo for AAPL. Photo: Forbes

Carl Icahn is coo-coo for AAPL. Photo: Forbes

In an open letter to Tim Cook, billionaire investor Carl Icahn says Apple’s stock is still incredibly undervalued, and that now is the time for a much larger stock buyback.

Icahn’s firm believes that Apple shares are really worth $240 today, despite trading around $130.26 this morning, an increase over his previous estimate of $216. According to his letter, Icahn believes Apple is poised to dominate two new markets – television and the automobile.

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Netflix CEO’s vision for the future of TV sounds just like Apple’s

Netflix's CEO knows his stuff.

Netflix’s CEO knows his stuff.

Netflix is killing it right now, so I’d be inclined to believe founder and CEO Reed Hastings when he chips in with his thoughts on the future of TV.

And, wouldn’t you know it, when he gave a speech about that very subject last week in Berlin, what he described as television’s future sounded a whole lot like what Apple is reported to be unveiling this year.

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Apple’s plans for a magical new TV remote, this week on The CultCast

Save us Apple, you're our only hope.

Save us Apple, you’re our only hope.

This week: For years Apple has reportedly been working their magic on the worst device in every home—the remote control. And now, with a rumored new Apple TV on the the horizon, we’ll tell you why an Apple-hewn controller could be its flagship feature. Plus: how to create your own Apple Watch band; how to share your digital heartbeat with other lonely Apple Watch wearers; and we vote on our favorite new gadgets on an all-new Faves ’N Raves.

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Apple’s plans for a magical new TV remote, this week on The CultCast

Full show notes ahead!

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Patents suggest Apple TV wand full of Cupertino magic

"Apple TV, turn on!" Photo: Warner Bros.

“Applus TViticus!” Photo: Warner Bros.

The high-tech “magic wand”-style controller rumored to ship with the refreshed Apple TV this summer may be the culmination of close to a decade’s R&D on the part of Apple.

Is this the “simplest user interface you could imagine” that Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson about when he claimed he had “finally cracked” the way to build a perfect TV?

If so, we’ve combed through the patents to reveal how it might work.

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Apple TV picks up new USA NOW and CBS Sports channels

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Apple TV gained some new channels today. Photo: Cult of Mac

The redesigned Apple TV and its accompanying streaming service are still nowhere to be seen, but Apple beefed up its channel offerings for its little black box today, adding new icons for USA Now and CBS Sports.

The new Apple TV’s channels offer viewers access to on-demand sports, TV shows, and movies to customers in the United States, and Apple’s also added Shomi and Crave TV for users in Canada. Both new channels are available as an over-the-air update and should be showing up on users’ boxes today.

Here’s a look at what you can watch:

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Apple TV remote is getting a trackpad this summer

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The Apple TV remote is getting a redesign. Photo: Curved

Apple has been gearing up to launch a redesigned Apple TV to go with its rumored streaming service, and a new report claims the new black box will also include a redesigned TV remote with a trackpad.

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Time Warner CEO ‘pretty confident’ Apple TV service is on the way

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

Apple’s streaming TV service has long been a force of fodder for the rumor mill, but according to Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, it’s already a foregone conclusion.

During Time Warner’s earning’s call on Wednesday, Bewkes told investors that he’s ‘pretty confident’ will launch a service that streams TV over the Internet, and we might not have to wait much longer to finally see it.

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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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