An app store for Apple TV might still be the stuff of myth and rumor, but today's update for the diminutive entertainment device demonstrates that Apple's still attempting to improve it. Log in today, and you'll see new channels for ABC News, PBS Kids, and AOL On. You'll even find Willow, a channel dedicated to the sport of cricket.
Back in March, United Airlines announced that it would be updating both its iOS app and fleet to allow travelers to view free movies and television shows while connected to its Wi-Fi network. Today, the app update went through to complete that process. Using United’s app, passengers will be able to view more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows in the air when on planes that offer Wi-Fi access.
Why wouldn't we start in with the iPhone 6 rumors already? The year is creeping on by, getting ever closer to the next handset drop date, so let's see what's cooking in that and other stories this week. But as we look forward to the iPhone's future, we also get an inside look at the past, where it all began. Plus games and TV news and more in this week's hottest news roundup.
It's hard to keep up with all of the great television shows on the air these days. There's must-see programming airing almost every night of the week, and all those great shows are spread across so many channels that the old dial controls would never even get to them. Missing an episode means covering your ears—and avoiding Twitter, Tumblr, podcasts, or anything else remotely social—the next day to make sure you don't hear any spoilers. Luckily, these eight TV companion apps not only make it easier to stay caught up on your favorite programs, but also enhance your time in front of the tube—so you’re even more invested in the hopefully-great content you watch.
Apple's fight to bring on-demand cable programming to Apple TV via Time Warner might have fallen apart in the wake of the media giant's upcoming merger with Comcast, but now the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's in similar talks with Comcast itself. Much as with the previous plan, the new deal would see the Cupertino company working hand-in-hand with Comcast to stream a wide variety of the service's channels for a monthly subscription.
Last year, the main news surrounding in-flight entertainment for the Apple faithful focused on the practice of handing out iPads for travelers, but now United Airlines has some good news for everyone who displays the Apple logo on the backs of their devices. Come April, if you own an iPhone or iPad, you can start streaming a large selection of movies and TV shows on your devices during flights free of charge.
As has been widely rumored in recent months, cable giant Comcast has gone from gobbling up NBCUniversal to making a tasty snack of its longtime rival Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at more than $45 billion.
So it looks as though all those rumors about a new Apple TV are true, after all. According to Bloomberg, Apple should announce the new device at a media event in April but we won't see it on the shelves until "the holiday season." But here's the biggest news--it looks as though that long-awaited deal with Time-Warmer might come to pass with the release.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that we'll see an update to the Apple TV, but today marks the first appearance of what looks like proof that a hardware refresh is on the way. As 9to5Mac notes, it's a simple thing, really--an inconspicuous mention of "AppleTV 4,1" found buried in the framework for the existing Apple TV's AirPlay connection features. That designation corresponds to no existing models, which means in all likelihood it refers to a new device entirety.