Apple has big plans to launch a streaming TV service by Christmas, and of course the rumor mill is already running wild on when it will sell an actual TV. But first Apple will need to clear a hurdle: Getting the rights to shows for its new TV service. So far, its negotiations with the big media companies are not going well, because Apple has been taking its usual approach: “our way or nothing at all.”
After a dose of actual news from Apple this morning — invites to an iPad event on March 7 — we’re back to the rumor mill. An Apple TV might be announced at the same time, and the next generation iPads may already be arriving at retailers to be available right after the official announcement, says 9to5Mac.
Apple is allegedly assembling components for a 32- and 37-inch iTV, the Apple branded television set that can connect to the internet for streaming media.
Apple might be planning a new version of its Apple TV, the $99 set-top box that lets owners stream media to their television, according to component information found within the code of iOS 5.1 beta.
Television network CBS’ chief executive, Les Moonves, accidentally revealed details about an ad-supported Apple TV streaming video service, during the company’s quarterly earnings call Thursday.
It’s only fitting that, on Halloween night, we find out the reason streaming video service Hulu Plus has yet to make its way to the Apple TV is that Apple is apparently scared of the competition.
“Siri, record all new episodes of the Desperate Bridezillas of Jersey Shore.”
Apple has apparently turned to Jeff Robbin, who created iTunes and co-developed the iPod, to spearhead development of an integrated television set.
Senior research analyst Gene Munster says an Apple-made TV could be coming as soon as the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.
Apple’s next iteration of its Apple TV device will likely add in a dual-core A5 processor, the same powerful CPU found inside the new iPhone 4S and the popular iPad 2, and offer 1080p HD playback for the first time.
Apple on Friday quietly removed its 99-cent TV show rentals from the iTunes Store.
Apple has had modest success with its Apple TV set-top box for streaming movies and music into homes. But the company might be exploring getting into the business of selling televisions.
Guest Post [Peter Yared is the vice president of apps at Webtrends, which acquired Transpond, a social-apps developer he founded. He submitted this column to VentureBeat.]
Apple fanatics may have something new to get excited about. In addition to the iPad 2 and iPhone 5, they can now expect an Apple television, according to Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster.
Guest Post Ty Braswell, founder of Creative Digital Strategies, is a consultant specializing in growing mobile TV revenues for companies including the NHL and Major League Soccer and was Virgin Records VP of New Media during the early Napster years.
Apple confirmed today that it has sold 1 million copies of its Apple TV media player.
The hype around Apple’s $99 revamped Apple TV seems to have died down, but it looks like sales haven’t, as it’s set to cross one million units sold later this week, according to Apple.
Perhaps tired of seeing its customers dump traditional cable service in favor of online video (a process known as cord cutting), telecom giant Comcast is testing a new service that will combine web video content with traditional TV.
Amidst the hoopla surrounding Google TV and Apple TV, Microsoft has been oddly quiet. Now we have an idea of what the software giant is up to: It’s apparently in talks with media companies to license TV networks for a subscription web TV service, people familiar with the plans told Reuters.
Netflix is charging ahead on providing a streaming-only movie service in the United States, according to chief executive Reed Hastings.
Verismo, a provider of web-enabled TV services, announced today that it has raised $17 million in its most recent round of fundraising led by Intel Capital.
Veebeam, the DEMOgod winning startup that has developed a way to easily stream content from your computer to your HDTV wirelessly, has snagged another $6 million in the first part of a two-part second funding round.
Broadcast content streaming site Hulu may be preparing for an IPO to raise as much as $300 million with Morgan Stanley as the primary underwriter, according to a report from Reuters.