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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Apple TV needs apps - Jun. 7, 2013 (click for full article)

    by Adrian Covert - June 7, 2013

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

    "If there was ever a time for Apple to open up its Apple TV platform to third-party apps, that time is Monday at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

    Sure, Apple is likely to give us the first glimpses of iOS 7, Mac OS X 10.9, new MacBooks and its "iRadio" music service. But significant as those are, there's little intrigue to be had. Rethinking the Apple TV could provide some newness at Apple that techies have been calling for, and it has the potential to restore a little mystery to the Cupertino juggernaut."
     
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    Apple's Brilliant TV Strategy: Speak Softly And Carry A Big Content Stick ? ReadWrite (via Mowser) (click for full article)

    by Noah Kravitz - June 10, 2013

    "Apple has said little and shown even less regarding its future plans for streaming content to your television, and that's precisely why they've got a competitive advantage in the space. Where Google faltered by putting the tech before the content, Apple knows the tech is worthless without the content.


    Cable operators' days of ruling our TV sets are drawing slowly to a close, but the power brokers who hold the distribution rights to your favorite shows are loathe to give up control of how and where programming flows. Where Google and Boxee failed, and upstarts like Fanhattan face a monumental battle, is in getting cable operators and content studios to play ball with them. Conversely, getting the biggest content providers to play ball is precisely how iTunes-era Apple has excelled. Both under Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, Apple has shown it knows better than to publicly tout disruptive mainstream media technology without talking to the media studios first.


    That's why Cook's keeping his mouth shut in public until the licensing deals with cable operators and content studios are worked out in private.


    Learning From Google's Failings

    Google TV shipped with nary a cable operator or content studio content deal in sight, relying instead on an NBA.com app and Web browser that supported Flash video. Heck, Netflix didn't even work when the first Logitech Revue GTV box hit store shelves. The Google TV Web browser was technologically capable of display full-screen HD video streamed through television networks' websites, enabling users to view at least some cable content on their big screen TVs without actually subscribing to a cable service. But the networks and content studios quickly took umbrage with Google's approach and blocked the GTV browser from accessing their video content."
     
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    I hate to see comments like this, absolute and total nonsense. Most of the networks, not all, and Hulu do block Google TV but hundreds of sites don't now and never have. This guy makes it sound like NBA.com was the only video access available at first and people will read this and believe it. Most of this country can receive the network programming with an antenna and that beats internet streaming anyway. I would not be surprised if he couldn't figure out to use Google TV or if he just read where somebody else stated Google TV couldn't do much and repeated it. The next comments written by one of these news correspondents about Google TV where the author knows what he is talking about will be the first I have read. I think these guys rely more on what they have read from other news sources than relying on actual research and knowledge about the product being discussed. One poorly researched opinion catches on like wildfire and too many of the other writers continue to repeat it.

    It is true Google TV has struggled but articles like this are a bigger reason than the few sites that have blocked Google TV.
     
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    Apple TV gets iTunes Radio, Conference Room display option in beta update (click for full article)

    by AppleInsider staff - June 17, 2013

    Summary: Apple TV received little attention during Worldwide Developers Conference, but the diminutive set-top box still has the Cupertino company's attention, as new videos reveal iTunes Radio and a new Conference Room mode in the works for its forthcoming software update.
     
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    Beautiful (touch of sarcasm here) -:( Apple TV gets HBO GO just a few days after HBO GO conks out on Google TV. Hmm I wonder if some politics were involved with the current HBO GO situation? Strange timing....

    Apple TV Finally Gets HBO GO And WatchESPN, iTunes Shoppers Now Buying 800K TV Shows Per Day | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Darrell Etherington - June 19, 2013

    "Apple has added two major new content sources to Apple TV today, via HBO GO and WatchESPN integration. The new streaming services adds a considerable selection of content to the company's streaming content device, bringing the HBO GO library to the platform, which offers HBO's entire content library to cable subscribers who have the channel as part of their TV package.

    WatchESPN likewise offers additional content, including live programming from the sports network, including major golf tournaments, Barclays Premier League, U.S. college sports, tennis and more, as well as recorded shows and access to ESPN cable channel content. Like HBO GO, it's also available to existing subscribers who have the channel as part of their cable package.


    Apple also added three new content partners, including Sky News, Crunchyroll and Qello to Apple TV at the same time. This brings some prime international content to the platform, from the UK, Ireland, Japan and other parts of Asia. Qello offers streaming of HD concerts, concert films and documentaries, a nice fit for Apple's efforts with iTunes music sales via iTunes."
     
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    I won’t be surprised if (at some point) HBO GO ’d offers direct subscription on Apple TV via iTunes (& bypass cable operators) …. ;)
     
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    HBO Go is now available for (most providers) including Directv users on Apple TV - HBOgo.com/activate

    & "Watch ESPN" app on Apple TV includes four channels - ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and ESPN U... not bad.
     
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