Review: Best Apple TV app for watching Twitch

When Amazon bought Twitch—the popular service for gamers to stream themselves playing video games—for $970 million in September of 2014, a lot of people had never heard of the company. The popularity of Twitch has continued to grow since then, though, and games like League of Legends and DOTA 2 draw hundreds of thousands of live viewers to the service. While the Apple TV lacks an official Twitch app (so far), there are still multiple apps available to watch Twitch streams. In this article we will review and compare the two free Apple TV apps that let you watch Twitch on your television.

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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

Nielsen adds additional data on streaming devices

Variety is reporting that the famous Nielsen ratings will soon begin including additional data on streaming devices, including the Apple TV. While general usage of streaming devices is already included, the new data  will break down the usage by brand. This will allow content producers to know, for instance, if a particular show is more popular with users of one device or another and which devices are used the most heavily.

Posted by / March 24, 2016 / Posted in News

Apple releases tvOS 9.2, shares app statistics

Today’s Apple event was largely focused on iPhones and iPads, but the Apple TV didn’t go forgotten. Highlighting a few of the top apps for the Apple TV, including HBO Now and the new March Madness app, it was revealed that the Apple TV already has 5,000 apps available after only being available for a a handful of months.

In addition, tvOS 9.2 was released and is available to download now. The update offers numerous improvements:

  • Folders to organize your apps
  • Siri dictation (even for passwords!)
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • Revamped app switcher
  • Improved rewind and  fast forward functionality

As Ars Technica notes in its mini-review, this releases fixes the most glaring omissions and issues.

Posted by / March 22, 2016 / Posted in News

First look: Sonic the Hedgehog for Apple TV

No longer tied to supporting their own consoles, in recent years Sega has aggressively brought classic and popular titles to a variety of platforms. Apple’s tvOS can now be counted among those platforms, as Sega has brought their most iconic character’s original adventure to the Apple TV with Sonic the Hedgehog. In this first look, we’ll see if the classic platformer still offers enough fun to merit it’s $2.99 price.

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Web-based Apple TV app listings

Mac Kung Fu is reporting on a new website called TwivelStats that is filling a void by providing a searchable database of Apple TV apps on the web. While it currently only has 2,455 apps in its catalog, this number seems to be growing regularly

Once you look at an individual app’s page, you can see the description, price, debut date, a screenshot, and other basic information that you’d normally see in the app store.

While certainly no replacement for a catalog directly from Apple, this at least provides a starting point for looking up apps when away from your TV.

Posted by / March 18, 2016 / Posted in News

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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