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Amazon reportedly interested in developing live TV service, approached CBS & NBCUniversal

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Amazon is reportedly interested in building a live TV service of sorts as analyst Dan Rayburn at StreamingMediaBlog  reports the company has approached NBCUniversal and CBS to gauge an interest in providing content (via Bloomberg).

The report didn’t expand on exactly what type of live TV service Amazon might be interested in, but a live component would add to Amazon’s existing on-demand video services that it offers across devices through web and mobile apps. Bloomberg points out that “Amazon’s recent agreement to acquire Elemental Technologies gives the company a platform to deliver live TV over the Web,” but beyond that we don’t know exactly what the company has planned.

The news comes just before Apple is set to launch its revamped TV experience with its fourth-generation Apple TV hardware this month. In addition to beefier internals for the new hardware, Apple is for the first time opening up the device’s app ecosystem with an iOS-like App Store that all developers can submit apps to. The new hardware, however, will launch without Apple’s much rumored TV streaming subscription service that we detailed earlier this year. That service is reportedly delayed into sometime next year.

It’s unclear if Amazon’s TV plans might be related to its decision earlier this month to stop selling Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast. Amazon cited lack of support for Amazon’s Prime Video service in that decision. Amazon has the opportunity to build an app for the new Apple TV and support Chromecast through its mobile apps, but will it take that route as it looks into expanding its TV service to compete with upcoming competitors from Apple and others?


Filed under: Apps Tagged: Amazon, AppleTV, CBS, Chromecast, Live TV, NBCUniversal, Prime Video

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Jordan Kahn

October 7th

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HBO’s Cable-Free Streaming Service Might Launch In April for $15 a Month

IBT reports a slew of new (supposed) details about HBO's forthcoming standalone subscription . The name? HBO Now. How much will it cost? $15. Should you be excited? Yes!

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Mario Aguilar

March 4th

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Debunk: Job listing doesn’t indicate Apple TV getting a camera

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A claim that “Apple job listings suggest cameras coming to Apple TV” and that this is “hinting at motion controls” appears to be reading way too much into some standard wording used many times by Apple in the past.

The Apple TV is one of the few products in Apple’s lineup that doesn’t include an integrated camera, but that may change with future versions of the hardware, according to new job listings from the company, potentially paving the way for gesture-based motion controls in the living room.

The text in question, which appears in a number of job ads like this one, is this:

The Camera Software team provides the capture and camera foundation across all of Apple’s innovative products, including iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, iPod, iTunes, and Mac OS

Well, let’s see …

First, this is nothing new. Apple has used the exact same wording in job ads at least as long ago as last September.

Second, this is an ad for a software, not hardware, role. Not a single one of the hardware team ads mentions Apple TV. The software team likely works on everything photo-related, which on Apple TV would include Photo Stream and Airplay.

Third, you’ll note that the standard wording used includes iTunes. Again, because iTunes needs software support for the camera to read gift certificates. Or perhaps iTunes is getting its own hardware camera too …

None of this is to say it’s impossible (though it would perhaps be more likely for a full-on Apple television rather than the existing Apple TV box), merely that the job listings tell us nothing.


Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: AirPlay, Apple, Apple TV, AppleTV, icloud, iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Mac OS

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Ben Lovejoy

March 12th

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Apple TV NBA League Pass app updated for new season

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Following significant updates to its app on iOS, the NBA has updated its app on the Apple TV for the 2013-2014 season. The new season begins tonight, starting with three games (and several games tomorrow night). The updated Apple TV application includes a new icon on the Apple TV Home screen, the ability to view NBA standings across the league, the ability to stream games if you have a League Pass subscription, view highlights, and access NBA downloads from iTunes. More photos of the updated app below. Thanks, David!

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Mark Gurman

October 29th

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Apple boosts Apple TV content offerings with Major League Soccer, Disney Junior

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Mark Gurman

September 26th

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Apple boosts Apple TV content offerings with Major League Soccer, Disney Junior

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This morning, Apple has sent an over-the-air update to the Apple TV to add two new apps of content: Major League Soccer (MLS) and Disney Junior. The MLS app allows Apple TV users to watch soccer games live, and Disney Junior includes several shows oriented toward young children.

The new soccer app will surely be a big bonus for sports fans, while Disney Junior will continue to attract kids to the Apple’s living room appliance.
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Last week, Apple added iTunes Radio and many new features to the device. A few weeks ago, the company added a couple of Disney Channel apps, The Weather Channel, Vevo, and a Smithsonian app. Thanks DJ

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Mark Gurman

September 26th

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Valve changes the game, announces its own Steam OS

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Jordan Kahn

September 23rd

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Valve changes the game, announces its own Steam OS

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Jordan Kahn

September 23rd

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Apple TV will get more Chromecast-y in an iOS 7 update next week

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Ben Lovejoy

September 11th

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Workaround restores PlexConnect after Apple TV update broke it

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Ben Lovejoy

August 28th

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