Sonic the Hedgehog comes to Apple TV

Longtime gamemaker Sega has continued its aggressive push of classic games to modern platforms with the release of multiple Sonic the Hedgehog games to the Apple TV.

Currently only the original Sonic the Hedgehog is available for Apple TV, but Sonic 2 will be available on March 24th and Sonic CD will follow on March 31st, per EngadgetNo word on why the release dates are being staggered, but fingers crossed this will be just the start of Sega’s support for Apple TV.

Stay tuned for a first look of Sonic the Hedgehog coming soon to Apple TV Blog.

Posted by / March 17, 2016 / Posted in News

Apple adds new Apple Events app for TV

Apple TV has added a new app to the TV app store called Apple Events, which should expand upon the functionality of Apple event channels on previous iterations of the Apple TV and let users watch Apple events live.

In addition to the app providing a stream of next week’s event on March 21st–which is widely anticipated to be an unveiling of a new iPad Air, a smaller iPhone, and a new Apple Watch–it appears as though it will also be able to show recordings of past Apple events.

Posted by / March 17, 2016 / Posted in News

Sling TV CEO stays mum on Apple TV app

In an interview with Decider, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch received a notable final question: When the hell are you bringing Sling to Apple TV? Okay, maybe it was worded slightly differently, but you can sense the intent.

The response wasn’t hugely revealing, but he did state that we’ll continue to see Sling TV available on more devices over the next year. Fingers crossed for another cord-cutting option reaching the Apple TV soon.

Posted by / March 17, 2016 / Posted in News

First look: Chariot for Apple TV offers co-op platforming fun

After doing the rounds on the major consoles and PC, Frima Studio has now brought its puzzle platformer Chariot to the Apple TV (and with an additional playable character and some bonus items). With the ability to play with a friend sitting next to you on the couch, distinct art style, and fun mechanics, this is a great game, so long as you aren’t playing alone.

In Chariot you play as one of three characters and are tasked with delivering the sepulcher of a king to his final resting place. This sounds fairly dark, but the king is also a snarky ghost who helps liven things up (no pun intended), and there’s plenty of comedic relief to lighten the mood.

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Preparing to jailbreak your Apple TV

While jailbreaking isn’t my cup of tea, the fine folks at 9to5Mac have prepared an excellent primer for the forthcoming jailbreak for the Apple TV 4. Among the important things to note: you’ll need one of the earlier Apple TV 4s produced (so that it’s running an older version of tvOS) and you’ll very likely want a USB C cable to connect to your Apple TV.

Even if you aren’t interested in jailbreaking your Apple TV, though, they do share a cool way to decode your  ATV’s serial number to see the exact week it was produced!

Posted by / March 15, 2016 / Posted in News

Sony expanding PlayStation Vue TV service nationwide

In 2015, Sony launched PlayStation Vue, a TV package that allowed subscribers access to bundles of conventional television channels for prices starting at $30 a month, providing both live TV and cloud-based DVR functionality. Initially only available in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco, Trusted Reviews reports that the service is now expanding nationwide.

The service is available not only on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, but also the Amazon Fire TV. There’s currently no word on an Apple TV app option for PlayStation Vue, but with Apple struggling to reach agreements with networks to offer a competitor, the service would be a welcome option for many Apple TV owners.

Posted by / March 15, 2016 / Posted in News

First look: DuckTales: Remastered for Apple TV

WayForward Technologies has recently released DuckTales: Remastered for the Apple TV, adding to a growing collection of platformers in the Apple TV library. While I haven’t had a chance to sink serious hours into it, as someone who played the original version of the game for the NES many years ago, I was eager to take the game for a spin and share first impressions.

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Are Samsung smart TVs threatening Apple TV?

An article on The Motley Fool today discusses the possibility of Samsung smart TVs posing a major threat to the Apple TV (as well as other over-the-top streaming devices, such as the Roku and Chromecast).

The article notes that in roughly the past year, Samsung has shipped 20 million televisions powered by its own Linux-based operating system Tizen. Apple, on the other hand, is estimated to have shipped 37 million Apple TVs during the entire lifespan of the product line, which debuted in 2007.

Should fans of the Apple TV or other streaming devices be concerned at this point, though? The sales numbers are certainly impressive, but the app selection for Tizen-powered TVs is limited and it’s unclear how many people are actually using the smart features on their TVs.

At a time when it’s hard to buy a device that doesn’t have Netflix and Hulu, app and operating system quality is also increasingly important. Samsung hasn’t proven itself to be a hotbed for great software development and most smart TVs (Samsung or otherwise) just aren’t as pleasant to use as an Apple TV that’s expressly designed for one purpose.

While Samsung’s efforts shouldn’t be ignored, Apple is clearly offering a wider range of apps, better software, and the benefit of being able to pair with TVs of any brand.

Review: Rayman Adventures for Apple TV

Rayman Adventures is one of the marquee titles on the Apple TV so far. In addition to being part of a venerable franchise, the game has beautiful graphics, a forgiving learning curve, and interesting systems to encourage repeat play. All told, this game stands as possibly the best runner/platformer (more on that in a bit) currently on the Apple TV.

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Beyond Netflix and Hulu: Lesser-known streaming services

We all know the big streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, but a new post by Consumer Reports details some additional options, almost all of which are available for the Apple TV. Are you an Anglophile? Acorn.tv can give you your fill of British programming for $5 a month. Serious movie buff? Mubi.com gives you access to classic movies for another $5 a month. Even if you subscribe to all of these options, you’ll still be coming out ahead versus a cable bill!

 

Posted by / March 10, 2016 / Posted in News