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    Apple Said To Be Working On Apple TV Hardware Update, Native Game Support | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Darrell Etherington - Jan. 23, 2014

    -- Apple is rumored to be working on an Apple TV successor, planned for release in the first half of this year according to 9to5Mac. The update would be a set-top box just like its existing model, but with improvements to the new OS and additional content types, the report claims. A separate report out today from iLounge says that Apple will introduce native gaming support to the Apple TV, along with direct support for game controllers, which currently only work via connected iOS devices.


    Read more at: Apple Said To Be Working On Apple TV Hardware Update, Native Game Support | TechCrunch
     
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    Ahead of possible revamp, Apple TV gets listed as full product line on Apple?s website ? Tech News and Analysis (click for full article)

    by Alex Colon - Jan. 28, 2014

    -- As rumors of a big upgrade to Apple TV continue to swirl, 9to5Mac has noticed that Apple has added a section dedicated to the device in its online store. Previously hidden within the iPod department, Apple TV now occupies a spot at the top of the store's homepage, next to the Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod.


    In addition to the dedicated section, Apple has added an accessories page for Apple TV as well, where you'll find cables, a remote, Airport routers, speakers and a mount for the box itself. That's pretty extensive for what Apple has long referred to as a "hobby." Apple has also added Community Q&A, AppleCare and a refurbished product listing to round out the page.


    This could just be a way for Apple to sell of stock off its current Apple TV box. Or it could be that the company is gearing up for a major product refresh. In addition to the news reported last week, 9to5Mac has heard that Apple is considering combining the Apple TV and AirPort Express devices. This would mean an Apple TV with a built-in 802.11ac wireless router. And come to think of it, both products already look almost exactly the same, as you can see below:


    Apple might also be testing a version of the Apple TV that closely integrates with a cable box. This would allow the device to control your existing cable box with an Apple interface on top, much like Google did with Google TV. In addition to the gaming capabilities and app store rumored last week, these changes could definitely help take Apple TV out of the hobby realm and into the mainstream.
     
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    It definitely seems like the Apple TV hardware will be refreshed soon. If there will really be an app store for Apple TV that would be big news. Amazon is also supposed to be working on a TV set-top box. Hopefully this competition will spur Google to up their support of GTV. Maybe this will be the push to get Google going forward with their rumored Nexus TV box?

    From the article in my previous post:

    **In addition to the dedicated section, Apple has added an accessories page for Apple TV as well, where you'll find cables, a remote, Airport routers, speakers and a mount for the box itself. That's pretty extensive for what Apple has long referred to as a "hobby." Apple has also added Community Q&A, AppleCare and a refurbished product listing to round out the page.**

    Meanwhile GTV is on life support as Google hasn't updated the Official Google TV Blog in 8 months (and only twice in all of 2013) -:( :
    (For comparison purposes Google updated the Official GTV Blog fifty one times in 2012 and forty nine times in 2011).

    The Official Google TV Blog


    Also Google stopped updating all of the other GTV social media outlets such as their GTV Facebook page, GTV YouTube channel and GTV Google+ Community over a year ago. Apple is upping their Apple TV platform and adding more support while Google appears to be snoring and abandoning marketing support for GTV? Or is the future for Google's living room vision supposed to be Chromecast?
     
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    Apple TV graduates from hobby/accessory to product line ahead of major changes | 9to5Mac (click for full article)

    by Mark Gurman - Jan. 28, 2014

    -- Apple appears to be putting its ducks in a row ahead of major Apple TV changes. Alongside last night's changes to the Apple Online Store to promote Valentine's Day specials, Apple added an entire Apple TV section.


    The Apple TV is now promoted as a full product line alongside Macs, iPads, iPods, and iPhones. Previously, the Apple TV did not have its own section, and it was simply tucked away as an accessory in the dwindling iPod department.


    Not only does the Apple TV now have its own section, but it now has promoted and dedicated accessory, AppleCare, refurbished, and community question/answer sections.


    Of course, the timing of the Apple TV's "graduation" is interesting. Last week, we reported that Apple is working on a new version of the Apple TV set-top-box that will integrate new content (such as apps).


    If Apple were to launch such a product in the near-future, it would make sense for it to have a dedicated, unhidden spot on Apple's online store. And, based on what we're hearing, the new Apple TV will certainly deserve to be called more than a "hobby."


    And we have some more information on why...


    Read more at: http://9to5mac.com/2014/01/28/apple...ssory-to-product-line-ahead-of-major-changes/
     
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    I am deathly allergic to the iOS walled garden... that being said, if/when AppleTV has apps, it morphs in to an entirely more useful box, and if GTV continues to crawl to it's stagnation, I'll very seriously switching. I'd really really really like to stay with GTV...

    This is a market where all the OEMs (IMO) has always had some big glaring gap in their offering.. Apple would close a significant gap with such an update.
     
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    Apple buying Internet infrastructure to boost performance, possibly prepare for television | 9to5Mac (click for full article)

    by Ben Lovejoy - Feb. 4, 2014

    -- The WSJ reports that Apple has been quietly making major new investments in Internet infrastructure in a move which may simply be designed to boost the performance of its existing online services, but which could also be in readiness for its upcoming television product.

    Bill Norton, chief strategy officer for International Internet Exchange, which helps companies line up Internet traffic agreements, estimates that Apple has in a short time bought enough bandwidth from Web carriers to move hundreds of gigabits of data each second.

    "That's the starting point for a very, very big network," Mr. Norton said.


    Read more at: http://9to5mac.com/2014/02/04/apple...+-+Apple+Intelligence)&utm_content=FeedBurner
     
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    Apple reportedly in talks with Time Warner Cable for new Apple TV content ? Tech News and Analysis (click for full article)

    by Alex Colon - Feb. 12, 2014

    -- Apple and Time Warner Cable certainly aren't strangers, but the companies still haven't paired up where it makes the most sense: Apple TV. And as rumors of a new Apple TV continue to swirl, Bloomberg has added fuel to the fire with a report that Apple is currently negotiating with Time Warner and other service providers to add new video content to the next Apple TV.


    This isn't exactly uncharted territory, as Bloomberg reported similar talks last summer, and further back in 2012. What's interesting now is some potential information about the device itself as well as a possible release date. Bloomberg says the next Apple TV will feature a faster processor (which is pretty much a given), as well as a new interface that makes it easy for users to navigate between television, movies and other content. There's no mention of the app store or gaming support reported last month.


    Bloomberg says the device might be introduced as early as April, with a release date closer to the holiday season. This is subject to change, based on Apple's ability to secure deals with programming and distribution partners. Even if the announcement date does get pushed back, even by a few months, that still seems like an awfully long lead time to me.


    It also isn't clear just how Time Warner's content would be integrated into a new Apple TV box. Would it be a standalone app on an over-the-top box that requires users to be current Time Warner subscribers, like the iOS app? Or would it be more along the lines of a standard cable box that you rent monthly from Time Warner and use to access your cable?


    Ultimately, this report actually raises more questions than it answers. But it does give increasing certainty to the idea that a new Apple TV is coming, and it'll be quite different from versions past.

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    *Note: Here's the link to today's Bloomberg article that is referenced in the GigaOm article from above. I had to post the link via the Google mobilizer tool because the regular full Bloomberg page kept triggering the Aw Snap! error on my Logitech Revue. But this link works good:

    http://www.google.com/gwt/x?u=http:...ks.html&btnGo=Go&source=wax&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
     
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    I wonder how the TWC/ Comcast merger-buyout will impact the partnership between Apple and TWC. I'm thinking Apple and Time Warner were in talks to develop a new cable box that had an Apple OS integrated into it. If the merger passes muster with the federal government, I can't see Comcast wanting to follow through with the Apple/TWC plan. They'd rather update TWC's customers with their own existing devices.
     
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    I doubt if Comcast will update TWC customers with new hardware anytime soon. Currently Comcast can't get the new X1 box, or whatever it is called, into its current customers hands very quickly. I will guess that new hardware already developed by Comcast will indeed kill any Apple/TWC equipment development unless there was a firm contractual commitment in place.
     
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    The current Apple TV works really well in my opinion, for what it does, but it isn't what I want from a little streaming box. If there is something new coming soon, it could be a Roku killer or it might just be more of the same. We have seen rumors of upcoming Apple products for this market for years, nothing ever happens and this might not be any different.
     
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    Steve Jobs Would Be Disappointed in Apple TV (AAPL) (click for full article)

    by Rick Munarriz - Feb. 13, 2014

    -- Reports are starting to leak about the next generation of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL ) television gadget, and it's likely a far cry from what Steve Jobs was thinking about before he died three years ago.

    "I finally cracked it," he told biographer Walter Isaacson in one of the more than 40 interviews that the two conducted during Jobs' final days. Jobs didn't elaborate beyond divulging that it would have "the simplest user interface you could imagine," but it was clear to Isaacson that Jobs wanted to do for television sets what Apple had done to computers, portable music players, and mobile phones.


    See more at: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/02/13/steve-jobs-would-be-disappointed-in-apple-tv.aspx
     
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    https://www.theinformation.com/Apple-Pushes-Ahead-with-New-Set-Top-Amid-Slog-with-Cable-Cos

    Apple Pushes Ahead with TV Box Amid Tough Talks with Cable Cos.

    By Jessica E. Lessin and Amir Efrati - March 24, 2014

    -- The years-long dance between Apple and cable operators marches on, as Comcast and Apple continue to discuss enabling the cable company's subscribers to watch TV through an Apple set-top box instead of a Comcast one, people familiar with the talks said.

    While no deal has been reached, teams at Apple's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters are working full-steam on the new device that would fully replace a customer's cable box. It has a dramatically overhauled interface and a big emphasis on gaming, the people said.

    Apple and Comcast have been talking for more than a year about such a partnership, and it's far from clear they will reach a deal. But recent talks, which the Wall Street Journal also reported on Sunday night, have encouraged at least some Apple employees, who have been pitching the box to cable operators to little avail for years. Some of these people believe that Apple could start selling the new set-top box later this year.

    See more at: https://www.theinformation.com/Apple-Pushes-Ahead-with-New-Set-Top-Amid-Slog-with-Cable-Cos
     
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    To be clear - according to the information.com article Apple is working on 2 things:

    1) A refresh of the current $99 Apple TV Box (IMO this could come in April)

    2) A completely new box that would replace a cable box. The completely new box "could" come by the end of 2014. The completely new box is not a sure thing because Apple & Comcast are still in discussions and no agreements have been reached yet.

    From the information.com article:

    **Unlike the existing $99 Apple TV, the new box would serve as a full replacement for a cable box, offering cable content as well as iTunes and other Web video. Apple has also been working to release an updated version of the $99 box, which supports a growing number of video apps, including apps from Disney and HBO.**
     
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