Apple adds Live Tune-In feature to Apple TV

Apple has taken another step towards improving the cord-cutter experience with its new Live Tune-In feature, reports AppleInsiderUsing Siri, you can tell your Apple TV which live TV channel you want to watch–assuming you subscribe to it. It’s unclear how apps gain support for this feature, but it currently works with at least the CBS, ESPN, and Disney XD apps. That list will undoubtedly expand rapidly in the coming months.

Posted by / April 17, 2016 / Posted in News

Siri universal search now includes CBS Now

The list of apps that Siri for Apple TV can now search continues to grow, with the CBS Now app now supported. If you’re looking for the best place to watch The Big Bang Theory or CSI: Cyber, just ask Siri.

The app that lets you subscribe to CBS for $5.99 joins movies and TV shows from iTunes, Disney Channel, Disney Jr, Disney XD, FOXNOW, FXNOW, HBO GO, HBO NOW, Hulu, Nat Geo TV, Netflix, PBS, PBS Kids, SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME Anytime, Starz, and Watch ABC, according to this Apple support article.

Posted by / April 17, 2016 / Posted in News

New Apple TV ad features Kobe Bryant, Michael B. Jordan

Continuing with its flurry of comedic ads featuring celebrities, Apple has released a new commercial for the Apple TV featuring nearly-retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan.

In the ad, Michael B. Jordan sits with Kobe Bryant to study him and pick his brain as he prepares to play him in a movie. Kobe uses the Siri Remote to show him highlights from his youth, while Jordan takes it and jumps into The Curious case of Benjamin Button as he comments on Kobe’s age.

 

Posted by / April 11, 2016 / Posted in News

Stars brings a la carte service to Apple TV

Starz, the premium cable channel known for shows like Outlander and Black Sails, is coming to the Apple TV (and iOS) with a new a la carte subscription service.

 

The Starz Play app offers access to their shows and movies for $9 a month, or for free if you are subscribe via your cable provider. The app also supports universal search via Siri and up to four users simultaneously.

Posted by / April 6, 2016 / Posted in News

Disney Infinity stops development for Apple TV

In disappointing news for Apple TV gamers, Disney has stopped development on Disney Infinity 3.0, a launch title for the Apple TV, Touch Arcade reports. While Apple is still selling the starter pack and some figurines, new figurines have been reported not to work. and Disney has confirmed no further updates will be forthcoming.

While this might appear to be sad news for the Apple TV, this isn’t the only platform Disney Infinity is leaving. The PC version has also stopped development, a result of minuscule sales in comparison to the console versions.

Posted by / March 31, 2016 / Posted in News

Tribeca Shortlist brings curated movie library to Apple TV

For movie buffs interested in a movie streaming service that isn’t mostly pseudo-documentaries of Dan Aykroyd talking about aliens and pyramids, Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises (known for their film festival) has released its Apple TV app for Tribeca Shortlist.

Tribeca Shortlist costs $4.99 a month and offers a collection of highly-regarded movies (the top half of the movies on the service have a Rotten Tomatoes score of about 90). In addition to some well-known movies, the service is looking to offer first-run movies from the film festival circuit.

A free trial of the service is available, so sign up and enjoy the likes of Groundhog DayAdaptation, and The Professional

Posted by / March 30, 2016 / Posted in News

Kanex Digital Audio Adapter brings audio output to the Apple TV

Glenn Fleishman at Macworld has a review of a new accessory for the Apple TV that adds new audio output functionality. The Kanex digital audio adapter connects to the Apple TV via HDMI and a television via HDMI, but also includes a 3.5mm port to output stereo audio and a S/PDIF optical digital audio port.

While costly at $60 for the device, the review is overall positive noting that it should assuage the concerns of the people unhappy with the new Apple TV’s reduced audio output options.

Posted by / March 30, 2016 / Posted in News

Apple releases first Apple TV commercial

Showing a different tone from most Apple commercials, Apple has released a new TV spot featuring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones) and Alison Brie (Annie from Community). The two actors play themselves as they rehearse a kissing scene by referring to a movie on the Apple TV and using Siri to rewind.

It’s great to see Apple promoting the Apple TV and trying something new with a comedic commercial.

Posted by / March 25, 2016 / Posted in News

Apple TV links roundup

Here are some links around the web covering all-things Apple TV:

  • Cult of Mac reviews the weather app Forecast Bar for Apple TV and crowns it the best weather app currently available on the platform. They also have a nice guide to creating folders with the new tvOS.
  • OS X Daily reveals how you can access certain hidden advanced settings on the Apple TV.
  • 9to5 Mac shows how to take advantage of another new tvOS 9.2 feature: Bluetooth keyboards

 

 

Posted by / March 24, 2016 / Posted in News