Looks like the days of Apple calling Apple TV a "hobby" project are officially over. Last night's update to the Apple Online Store for Valentine's Day brought more than offers to celebrate the lovers' holiday; as of today, Apple TV commands its own spot in the marketplace alongside iPhones, iPads, Macs, and iPods.
So today Apple welcomed its newest channel to its growing library for Apple TV. Is it a native Amazon Instant Video channel? Is it The Blaze? No, as Variety reports, it's the Red Bull TV channel, which features both live and recorded footage of the many sports events the energy drink company sponsors and hosts.
Google Play Music finally made its way to the iPhone after an long wait last last year (and you can read my review here), and now it looks as though Apple's rival has finally followed up that offering with its Google Play Movies & TV for iOS. Similar to Google Play Music, the app lets you playback and stream content bought through Google Play or on an Android device.
It's been an exciting year for Apple TV, and Apple just proved it isn't over with the announcement of an impressive holiday gift. As MacRumors reports, the folks over at Cupertino expanded the diminutive entertainment device's offerings to include channels for ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle, and the Korean channel KORTV. With such a step, Apple seems to be "rounding out" the activities provided by the service as the channels somewhat focus on more serious pursuits than the primarily entertainment-related channels we've seen before.
2013's been a big year for Apple TV, and the surprises still aren't over (at least for American users). As MacRumors reports, Apple's diminutive entertainment device now features a channel for PBS, as well as the new Yahoo Screen, which lets users watch videos from programs such as Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
You know him from Breaking Bad, you may remember him from Malcolm in the Middle, but now you might be able to say you know actor Bryan Cranston as "the guy from the Apple ads." The news first surfaced when a number of perceptive listeners noticed an all-too-familiar voice in Apple's new "Pencil" ad.
Looks like all those exciting rumors about a new Apple TV appearing after tomorrow's event might be a dud, after all. That doesn't mean that an update isn't on the way, but in the words of former TechCrunch writer M.G. Siegler, we might have to wait a while for a signficant upgrade.
There's little doubt that smartphones and tablets are changing the way we consume content once intended for the television screen, and new apps like Yahoo Screen aim to update that experience for the 21st century.