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Walmart plans to take on Netflix with its own streaming service

Netflix and HBO might be getting some fresh competition soon and we’re not talking about Apple’s growing TV streaming ambitions.<p>Walmart is supposedly planning to get into the streaming game and it hopes to beat the competition by making the cheapest priced TV streaming service available.<p>The new …

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Netflix Redesigns TV Apps With Side Bar Interface Housing My List, Search, and More

Netflix today revealed a new design for its "TV experiences," or TV-based apps, that aims to make it easier to find TV shows and movies on the service.<p>In addition to the rows with various themes, Netflix subscribers watching on a TV will now see a sidebar on the left side of the app that expands …

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Pioneering female director will helm Apple’s Jennifer Aniston TV series

A director known for <i>ER</i>, <i>The West Wing</i>, and <i>Shameless</i> episodes, and even the <i>Deep Impact</i> disaster movie, will be behind the camera for one of the many TV shows Apple is having filmed. Mimi Leder reportedly agreed to take on the upcoming program starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.<p>The drama, …

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Aquaman actor Jason Momoa will star in Apple TV series

Former <i>Game of Thrones</i> and current <i>Aquaman</i> actor Jason Momoa is set to star in another new Apple original series.<p>Called <i>See</i>, the show is an epic, world-building drama that’s set in the future. Momoa will play the lead role of Baba Voss, described by trade magazine <i>Variety</i> as, “a fearless warrior, …

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As cord-cutting prices rise, here's what you can do to keep costs down

For the growing ranks of cord-cutters who fled cable- and satellite-TV services for cheaper streaming options, recent weeks have brought an unsettling run: rate increases that look too much like the price hikes that plagued traditional pay TV for years.<p>First, the Dish Network-owned Sling TV …

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Live Streaming TV Service 'Philo' Launches on Apple TV

Live streaming television service Philo today launched on the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, after first launching on iPhone, Roku, smart TVs, desktop and web browsers, and more last November.<p>With the Apple TV app, subscribers can sign into their Philo accounts and watch …

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Streaming TV is getting pricier by the minute

People looking to trim their cable bill turn to a variety of services that offer a smaller selection of channels streamed live over the internet. These streaming TV services go for a substantially lower cost than a traditional cable package.<p>But many of these aren’t as cheap as they once were. …

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AT&T's New Live 'WatchTV' Service Launches on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

One week after unveiling its new live streaming service "WatchTV," AT&T has now begun rolling out the platform's app on fourth-generation and fifth-generation Apple TV boxes, as well as on iOS [Direct Link] (via <i>BestAppleTV</i>). The service is a free add-on for anyone on AT&T's new "Unlimited &More" …

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Apple could bundle TV, music and news in a single subscription

According to a report from The Information, Apple could choose to bundle all its media offerings into a single subscription. While Apple’s main media subscription product is currently Apple Music, it’s no secret that the company is investing in other areas.<p>In particular, Apple has bought the …

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Apple is ordering so many shows, with nowhere to show them

It’s hard to get excited for Apple’s upcoming shows without knowing how we’ll get to watch<p>Yesterday, Apple ordered its first international series, <i>Calls</i>, adapted from a French series by the same name. It’s the latest addition to its growing pile of projects; currently the count sits at 21. The …

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Turner Classic Movies Launches ‘Watch TCM’ on Apple TV

- Jun 22, 2018<p>Turner Classic Movie today brings its popular “Watch TCM” iOS app to fourth generation and fifth-generation Apple TV 4K devices. The …

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Apple’s latest TV content deal is ‘Calls’, 10-minute shorts with unusual format [Video]

Apple continues to slowly but surely build its plans for original TV content. Its latest deal is an English adaptation of the French TV series, Calls …<p><i>Variety</i> shared the news.<p>The tech giant’s entertainment arm has given a series order to “Calls,” an English-language adaptation of the French …

Apple teams up with Sesame Workshop on kids’ programming

For the past few months, there seems several stories related to Apple signing a deal with someone to develop original content. While the details of how all of this content comes together in one package remains to be seen, today’s news is certainly interesting.<p><i>Variety</i> reports that Apple has teamed …

Everything new in tvOS 12: Over 20 new features for Apple TV

During WWDC 2018, Apple devoted a bit of screentime to tvOS 12, but not nearly as much as the others. AppleInsider dives in and find over 20 new …

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What movie studio consolidation means for Apple's media ambitions

With AT&T's Time Warner purchase approved and Disney and Comcast bidding for Fox, a wave is underway of movie studios changing hands. And Apple might …

Oprah strikes deal with Apple as new Hollywood content wars heat up

Apple has signed Oprah Winfrey to a multiyear deal for new original programs.<p>The marquee signing comes as Apple ramps up its original content portfolio and goes head to head with the likes of Netflix and Amazon in a war for consumers' attention.<p>"Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original …

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Apple's TV App Gains Live Sports and News in Canada as FIFA World Cup Begins

Just in time for the FIFA World Cup, which began today, live sports are now available in Apple's TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV in Canada.<p>At launch, Sportsnet, TSN, RDS, CBC, and DAZN will bring sports content from a large selection of major sports leagues to the TV app on iPhones and iPads …

tvOS 12 brilliantly fixes the biggest password pain on Apple TV

Apple TV is about to get a lot more friendly when it comes to inputting passwords and PINs.<p>Entering passwords on Apple TV has been one of the biggest pain-points on its entire existence. But starting with tvOS 12, Apple is giving its box the ability to prompt all nearby iPhones to enter a password, …

5 Streaming Sites for People Who Want More Than Netflix

When it comes to streaming video services, Netflix clearly looms large over its competitors, accounting for more than one-third of all peak-time …

tvOS 12 brings cinematic sound to Apple TV

Apple TV introduced a better picture in 2017 with 4K HDR. In 2018, tvOS 12 will add cinematic sound to match.<p>Apple announced today that tvOS 12 will support the Dolby Atmos soundbar for an audio format that gives movie sound a kind of 3-D effect. The addition of Dolby Atmos makes Apple TV the only …

The Apple TV is finally getting Dolby Atmos support

Along with better support for cable companies like Spectrum<p>Apple announced some new features for its Apple TV set-top box during WWDC today. The company is bringing live sports and news to the TV app, along with full Dolby Atmos support coming to the Apple TV 4K.<p>Apple TV 4K is now the first (and …

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WWDC 2018 — live coverage from San Jose

<i>9to5Mac</i> is on the ground in San Jose, California for Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, and our news hub is collecting all of our coverage in one place.<p>We’re expecting iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 — and maybe a few surprises — so stay tuned to <i>9to5Mac</i> for all the news from …

9 Siri commands to use with your Apple TV remote

With only six buttons and a clicking touchpad, the Siri Remote for the Apple TV seems like an overly-simplified remote, especially when you consider everything the streamer can do. It gets its job done pretty well, even if the trackpad can be a bit cumbersome at times.<p>In fact, if you're not using …

How to watch today’s Apple WWDC keynote

iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and maybe even some new hardware<p>WWDC 2018 is here, and Apple will be taking the stage at the San Jose Convention Center later this morning to kick things off with its big keynote address, presumably to present updates on the future of iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and the rest of …

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Apple Releases tvOS 11.4 – Includes AirPlay 2 Support

- May 29, 2018<p>Apple on Tuesday released tvOS 11.4 for fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV devices. The update brings support for AirPlay 2.<p>The tvOS …

Vevo music platform axing iOS and Apple TV apps, shifting to YouTube only

Vevo is likely one of the more popular music video streaming platforms on the internet. Most people view their content on YouTube, and today Vevo plans to narrow down its focus to just that service.<p>Announced in a blog post, Vevo says it will be removing its apps from not only iOS and tvOS, but all …

Analysts say YouTube TV is the television service Apple should have built

AllianceBernstein analysts have suggested that the on-demand streaming subscription service YouTube TV is the television service Apple should have built.<p>They point to how YouTube has persuaded many to become cord-cutters, using the service to replace their cable subscription – and they present an …

Netflix officially reaches content deal with President Obama, beating out Apple

Earlier this year, it was reported that President Obama was in talks with Netflix for a potential content deal. While Apple was also reportedly in the running, Netflix officially announced today that it has reached a deal with the Obamas…<p>Netflix announced the agreement in a tweet, saying that it …

'Steam Link' App Hands-On Preview - The iOS and Apple TV Killer App Doesn't Even Play Games from Apple's Ecosystem

Earlier this month we got news that Valve had plans to bring a Steam Link app to the Apple TV and iOS devices. Released back in November of 2015, …