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Smart displays seeing increased demand as users convert from speakers

Users of smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Nest ranges, are increasingly switching to smart displays. According to Strategy Analytics, the share of all smart speaker sales incorporating a display was 26% in Q3 2020, compared to 22% a year earlier. Smart displays sales in Q3 rose year-on-year by 21% to 9.5 million units, […]

Universal Electronics launches new Apple TV remote for operators

Smarthome vendor Universal Electronics has launched a third-party remote for the Apple TV to operators. Though it has emerged as a major streaming device that has been offered in partnership with telcos all over the world, the Apple TV has been widely criticised for the Siri-enabled remote which has largely remained unchanged since the release […]

Apple cuts App Store commission in half for smaller devs

Apple has said that it is reducing the amount of commission it takes on transactions made via its App Store. The standard 30% rate that Apple has taken from app purchases and in-app subscriptions has long been a point of contention in the TV industry, with Netflix being one of the first major players to […]

Google reportedly looking to add Chromecast integration to Nest smart speakers

Google is reportedly working on integrating its Nest Audio smart speakers with its Chromecast streaming devices. In a comment made to The Wall Street Journal for a feature on smart speakers, a Google spokesperson said that the company is looking to integrate its smart home devices, though they did not specifically mention which products. It […]

Apple One services bundle now available

Apple One is now available for users.  First announced at its September iPad event, the Apple One subscription bundles together Apple’s services – Apple Music, TV+ and Arcade– in a variety of tiers. The basic Individual plan will include access to the services  50GB of iCloud storage for US$14.95 per month. By comparison, Apple Music […]

Quibi launches CTV apps, but is reportedly close to shutting down

Beleaguered short-form streamer Quibi has launched apps for Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, but it could already be too late to save the app.  The streamer launched in April with a mobile-only model, but the timing couldn’t have been worse, with the Covid-19 pandemic causing millions of its millennial audience to become […]

Apple to update HomePod with Dolby Atmos 

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker will soon be updated to add support for Dolby Atmos when used in conjunction with an Apple TV 4K device. The Cupertino tech giant has confirmed that an upcoming software update will add Atmos support for the smart speaker which can already be used to output audio for Apple’s STB device […]

Apple to extend TV+ free trials to February 2021

Apple will extend the one-year free trial of its premium streaming service Apple TV+ through to February 2021. The iPhone maker first unveiled the SVOD in September 2019, announcing it with a US$4.99 per month price point and offering a one-year free trial to anyone who bought a new Apple device. With a significant number of […]

Com Hem offers Apple TV 4K

Tele2-owned Swedish cable operator Com Hem has begun offering Apple TV 4K boxes as part of a subscription offering. With Apple TV 4K, Com Hem customers ae able to watch content from Com Hem Play, the operator’s streaming service, as well as Apple TV channels, Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade and Airplay-compatible apps. Subscribers […]

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