According to reports from iLounge, the Apple TV will be getting more content soon. The news comes from the Television Critics Association Press Tour with TV writer Jason Lynch reporting the FXNOW channel will arrive on Apple TV within 12 months. The FXNOW app is currently available for iPhone and iPad which offers on-demand video streaming from FX, FXX, and FXN networks.
Apple updates its 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV Software to version 6.2, which brings general performance and stability improvements.
ABC News has launched a new Apple TV channel that will allow users to stream live and on-demand content to the set-top box for free. Apple has also added other channels that wont require users to have a subscription such as PBS Kids, AOL On, Willow TV, a sports channel dedicated to international cricket and a redesigned Flickr app.
Since Apple released the Apple TV 6.1 update in march, there has been an issue with the Dolby Digital Surround sound. Apple is aware of the problem and is currently working on a fix, according to a report from 9to5Mac.
Pierre Blazquez found on Friday that a code within iOS 7.1 SDK indicates that Siri may be available on the Apple TV soon. 9to5Mac has confirmed that the code exists in iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1’s files.
The Apple TV has come a long way from being referred to as a “hobby”, there has been a number of content added to it in the past few months and now The History Channel, A&E, and Lifetime have been added to the Apple-branded set-top, but you will need to have subscriptions to enjoy these services. With these three major networks added, the Apple TV is definitely a a legitimate force in the set-top arena. Apple is also adding new channels every couple of weeks.
NBC has now updated its iOS app with one very notable feature. The update finally allows users to AirPlay content from mobile app their TV via Apple TV.
After several rumors in the past, Amazon has announced its Fire TV home set top box for today.
The fire TV is priced at $99 and will support Netflix, Hulu+, ESPN, Disney. As expected, the device will also have gaming support and a bluetooth controller is available for and extra $40.
The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is in talks with Comcast for a streaming TV service that’ll be available in future versions of the Apple TV.
Apple plans to offer live and on-demand streams of TV channels over the internet in the future, and this partnership would give the company access to Comcast’s network of channels. Apple would deliver the streams over special cables on Comcast’s network, such that it bypasses “congestion on the Web.” Apple wants to ensure that the quality of the streaming video is as good as traditional TV networks, so customers don’t have to wait for the video to buffer. Comcast and Apple’s discussions are in early stages and aren’t close to an agreement. Comcast would be required to significantly invest and improve its network, so that the service quality is up to Apple’s standards.
This beautiful ‘Apple TV touch’ concept created by CURVED/labs features a touchscreen remote. The main attraction is the revamped remote control, redesigned as a touch device that might be wirelessly rechargeable via Apple TV. iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c are still functioning as remote controls, a separate App Store for Apple TV should be available. With 9,8 x 9,8 cm, it comes in the same size as the 2-year-old 3rd generation, but will be thinner with 1,67 cm. Models to be available in grey, gold and silver.