Considering the strides Apple has made with its long-neglected Apple TV service over the last couple of weeks, it's a little surprising that we didn't hear more about it during this year's WWDC keynote. At this rate, we can probably expect that it and related services will make up a big chunk of next year's event. And now there's yet more evidence that it's getting better. Just this morning, the Wall Street Journal announced that Apple is in talks with media chiefs to offer a premium version of a planned Apple set-top cable service that will allow users to bypass ads entirely.
A new report claims Apple is in talks with U.S. cable television providers in an effort to replace clunky old set-top boxes with a sleek new Apple TV capable of viewing live television and other content.
With so many entertainment options available, do we still really “need” cable TV? It’s convenient and all, but no one likes paying for the dozens--or even hundreds--of channels they never watch just to get a handful of favorite shows. Most of those favorites can be found elsewhere on a more à la carte basis, but where--and for how much? While we keep wishing for an easy-to-use website (or Apple’s much-anticipated “iTV” television set) to do this legwork for us, for now we’ve got to do it ourselves. Here’s how.
Comcast is bridging the gap between your cable box and iPad with a new remote app called Xfinity. This remote application lets you not only link and control your cable box with your iPad, but will even let you invite friends to watch the same TV show you are watching.