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...
The news about Apple's TV services just keeps getting better and better. This morning Gigaom announced the findings of a report by Frost & Sullivan that demonstrated that Apple TV accounted for a whopping 56 percent of all video streaming devices sold last year, with Apple handily beating Roku's second place figure of 21.5 percent.
One of the reasons that Netflix caught on so well is that it made the act of watching our favorite movies relatively easy; what hasn't been easy is finding something that suits your tastes if you don't know what you're looking for. Netflix hopes that "Max," its new game-like recommendation system, will fix that.
While many users have never forgiven Boxee for killing off its software clients, the company's hardware products continue to duke it out with bigger rivals -- and they've apparently been burning through cash in the process.
If you love media streamer Plex like we do and own an Apple TV, you've no doubt been frustrated by the lack of progress on a jailbreak for the third-generation hardware. But thanks to PlexConnect, it may not matter much anymore.
For many, living cable- or satellite-free is the dream, if only there were some way to receive local TV channels. Aereo makes that possible, and now an appeals court decision paves the way for it to be legal as well.
Western Digital has been making streaming set-top boxes for several years now. Their WD TV line has consistently packed a lot of value into their little black boxes. The latest, called WD TV Play, continues in that tradition, offering a plethora of content options at a lower price-point than some of their competitors.