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New Apple TV on hold pending a deal with Time Warner Cable


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#1 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 05:40 AM

New Apple TV on hold pending a deal with Time Warner Cable
 
Apple is currently in talks with Time Warner Cable, among other programming partners, to add video content to the set-top box before releasing the next version.
 
Wherever Time Warner Cable may have been headed in talks with Apple, word of a pending acquisition by fellow cabler Comcast certainly seems to complicate things. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal chimes in with its own set of anonymous sources, talking about how Apple has refocused its TV efforts to work with TV providers, rather than trying to replace them....
 
 
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Posted 13 February 2014 - 05:27 PM

Makes you wonder with Comcast's snazzy new X1 and their own push for over the top type services, that they will shun Apple completely.

Comcast is really making a push to be a part of every conceivable realm of broadcast entertainment, be it traditional cable, internet and now over the top. Hedging bets? Kind of smart I guess. If they are able to hook you on one of their elements, the chances of up selling all of their products (bundled) goes up.

Surprising how innovative and aggressive they've become. Even their customer service is better than what it used to be, although I can't speak for the quality of their service beyond my immediate area, although I have no complaints here.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:13 PM

I'd hardly call Apple TV a set-top box. It's about the size of a hockey puck. It has a tiny remote but works much better with an Apple mobile app on my iPod Touch than the included remote. The current Apple TV already supports a lot of video.

 

I can also play Amazon Instant Videos using either my iPod Touch or Kindle Fire through the Apple TV to my Sony HD.


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:44 PM

I'd hardly call Apple TV a set-top box. It's about the size of a hockey puck. It has a tiny remote but works much better with an Apple mobile app on my iPod Touch than the included remote. The current Apple TV already supports a lot of video.

Yes, that works nicely over WiFi. Is that how ATV gets commands from the remote? Or is it IR, RF or ??


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:52 PM

Remote is ir. It works great for me don't know why anyone would have issues unless it's it issues.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 02:33 PM

Kind of reiterates my thoughts: Comcast wants to dominate everything and doesn't want Apple, Google or anyone else for that matter meddling. Whether they are successful remains to be seen, especially if AppleTV or Chromecast continue to gain in popularity.

The lynchpin for both, in my opinion, is to copy Netflix. Apple already has one of the biggest multimedia stores in the world with iTunes, but everything there has to be purchased discretely and linearly. If Apple opened up that store to a subscription base model, watch out in my opinion. It may gain so much steam that these companies wouldn't have a choice whether to play ball or not.

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One of the more overlooked aspects of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner cable merger announced last week was how it would impact Apple’s plans for Apple TV. After all, Bloomberg reported right before the merger was announced that Apple was planning to unveil a major refresh to Apple TV in April and that it was working on a deal with Time Warner Cable to deliver content over its next-generation set-top box. However, now that Time Warner Cable is in the midst of getting bought up by Comcast, where does that leave things for Apple?

Business Insider flags a recent research note written by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, who thinks that Comcast could decide to squash whatever deal Apple and Time Warner Cable were working on because it would rather release its own set-top box that would directly compete with Apple TV.

“Today’s X1 [Comcast set-top box] features include voice-based navigation and search, personalized recommendations, a collection of customizable widgets, and access to third-party apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pandora,” Milunovich writes. ”Internally referred to as X2, Comcast is in the midst of migrating its X1 users to a next-gen cloud-based device. This upgrade provides cloud-based DVR, mobile device synchronization, and app airplay capabilities.”

From the sound of things, Comcast is not at all keen about the idea of Apple, Google and other tech companies disrupting its own very lucrative pay TV business and it will push out its own product in an effort to beat them at their own game. This means that whatever plans Apple has for the TV market may now face a major barrier in the form of America’s biggest cable company.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:15 AM

Remote is ir. It works great for me don't know why anyone would have issues unless it's it issues.

I like using the iPhone as a remote, just because if you need to type something, you can use the phone's virtual keyboard.  beats clicking around to type anything!


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