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.
If you were a fan of the iOS app Matcha.tv, which quietly shut down in May, take heart: It appears the second-screen service has been absorbed by Apple, presumably as part of Cupertino's bigger television ambitions.
Apple TV just keeps getting better, and it's not all because of the work that Apple's been putting into it with new services and upcoming features. In this case, the upgrade comes from popular video streaming service Netflix, which will start allowing multiple users in a household who share a single account to customize their preferences.
Call us crazy, but we'd prefer to pay good money up front for quality apps without advertising or unwanted in-app purchases. Unfortunately, new research reveals that we're the minority of consumers, and the rest of you are apparently skinflints who want everything for free, even if it means putting up with ads. Not convinced? Check out the data for yourself in our Thursday recap...