Apple TV reigns with best picture quality among streaming devices in pandemic’s early days


Apple TV Siri Remote
Streaming video quality during early 2020 was above par using Apple TV devices.
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While it might be far down the pecking order of best selling streaming boxes, the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K got high marks in the first quarter of this year for best picture quality speed and shortest lag time in starting videos, according to data collected from billions of sensors embedded into video applications.

The results are a clear sign of how well streaming devices and services performed in a period where more people around the world were homebound due to the coronavirus pandemic and turned to watching television en masse.

Apple Watch owners get Roku controls on their wrist


Leave that phone in your pocket.
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Roku just debuted a new Apple Watch app that lets you control its streaming devices from your wrist.

You can use the app to launch your favorite Channels and control media playback. You can also use its voice recognition capabilities to search for movies and TV shows.

Apple TV+ is live. Here’s how to sign up.


Even Roku can get Apple TV+.
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Apple TV+ is here, and anyone can test it out for a week for free. After that, the $5-per-month charge will be billed automatically, just like any other Apple subscription you may have. Unless, of course, you get to watch Apple TV+ for free. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Apple’s new TV subscription service is pitched as a rival to Netflix, Amazon Prime and so on. It works on Apple devices. Plus, you can watch Apple TV+ on Samsung TVs, Roku boxes and in pretty much any web browser. Signing up is absurdly easy, but a few tips will help you get the most out of the service.

Apple TV+ is coming to Roku


How are Apple Originals looking on your TV?
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Apple TV+ will be available on Roku boxes when it launches next month.

Roku revealed this morning that the Apple TV app will be available on its platform starting today, allowing users to access their iTunes video library as well as subscribe to Apple TV channels right from their Roku devices.

Apple’s newest services lack ‘depth,’ analysts warn


Apple TV+ could have 26 million paying subs by 2025; 2.6 million currently
Apple TV+ could have 26 million paying subs by 2025; 2.6 million currently
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Apple’s newest services don’t deliver the “depth” investors want to see as iPhone sales fall for the Cupertino company.

Some analysts are particularly disappointed with the upcoming Apple TV+ video streaming service. They don’t believe Apple has any hope of competing with Netflix.

Roku CEO explains why Apple TV+ needs Roku support


Roku isn't worried about Apple TV+
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Roku CEO Anthony Wood says Apple’s new Apple TV+ streaming platform is going to be great for his company despite some analysts claiming it could hurt Roku over the long term.

Wood made an appearance on CNBC today talking about the benefits of Apple finally embracing third-party streaming boxes like Roku and Amazon’s FireTV. Even though Apple has hundreds of millions of active iPhones and iPads to push its Apple TV+ service, the way Wood sees it, Apple TV+ needs Roku to be successful.

Apple in talks with Roku to add AirPlay 2


You won't have to choose between Apple TV and Roku anymore.
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Apple is closing in on a deal that could bring its AirPlay 2 technology to Roku’s TV set-top boxes.

At CES 2019 Apple revealed that it had partnered with some of the world’s biggest TV manufacturers to add AirPlay 2 to new and some old TVs. Adding support for Roku could bring AirPlay 2 support to other TV manufacturers as well, just in time for Apple’s streaming video service.

AirPlay 2 support could make your Roku way better


AirPlay 2
Streaming TV from your iPhone could soon be as easy as getting an inexpensive Roku box.
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iPhone, iPad and Mac should soon easily stream video to Roku boxes if an unconfirmed report is correct. Roku is reportedly talking with Apple about adding AirPlay 2 to its products. 

Apple has recently been working to significantly broaden the availability of its proprietary video and audio protocol.

Roku follows in Apple’s footsteps by removing InfoWars app


Infowars app
Apple removed the InfoWars app last year.
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Streaming service Roku is the latest tech company to follow Apple’s lead in banning right wing conspiracy website InfoWars from its platform.

Apple booted podcasts from the website off its platform back in September, following by banning InfoWars and host Alex Jones from the App Store. These decisions prompted other tech companies such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to follow in its footsteps. Now they have been joined by Roku.

Facebook wants to add a camera to your TV


Facebook Portal
The Portal is Facebook’s first video calling product.
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Facebook is allegedly planning to take on Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV with a new set top box of its own.

The social network just debuted its new Portal smart speaker earlier this month and according to a new report its smart TV box could pack some similarly creepy features.