Apple reportedly buys NextVR

Apple is reportedly in the process of buying NextVR, a California tech firm which specialises in creating virtual reality experiences for sports and entertainment events. According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone maker is heavily invested in augmented reality and is in the process of designing a AR headset. The report notes that Apple is specifically interested […]

Hopster launches on Apple TV channels in four markets

Pre-school kids educational and entertainment platform Hopster has launched on Apple TV Channels in Ireland, Singapore, South Africa and Malaysia. The service is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, some Samsung and LG smart TVs, and Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices. Subscribers to Hopster through Apple […]

Google turns off App Store payments for YouTube TV

Google will no longer accept YouTube TV payments made through Apple’s App Store. YouTube TV is Google’s cord-cutting competitor to Hulu Plus Live TV in the US, and offers a range of live channels starting at US$50 per month. In an email sent to users, Google confirmed that it would shut off the ability to […]

Apple hires production and tech execs

Carmi Zlotnik, who is stepping down as president of programming at Starz, has struck an exclusive production deal at Apple TV+. Zlotnik had been with the company for more than a decade and worked on shows including Outlander, American Gods and Power. He will work with the cabler during his transition before moving to Apple […]

Parrot Analytics: Argentinian demand for The Mandalorian

In what is quickly becoming a familiar story, Disney+’s The Mandalorian has once again proved to be the hottest streaming original, with it topping Parrot Analytics’ originals in-demand chart for the week ending January 26 in Argentina. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of […]

Cook pleased with Apple TV+ start, doesn’t think customers want ads

“Apple TV+ is off to a rousing start,” claimed CEO Tim Cook during Apple’s Q1 2020 earnings call. In the company’s first public outing since the service’s launch, the CEO shed some light on Apple’s measurement for the success of Apple TV+. Cook said: “We are primarily measuring our sales on the number of subscribers. […]

Apple TV+ quietly builds 30+ million subscribers

Despite its initial slate of content receiving a mixed reception, Apple TV+ has already amassed more than 30 million subscribers. According to figures from Ampere Analysis, the service has acquired 33.6 million subscribers in the US since its November 1 launch. This would put it ahead of Hulu’s 31.8 million subscribers and Disney+’s 23.2 million, […]

Apple plans original podcasts to promote Apple TV+ shows

Apple is looking to follow the likes of Netflix and HBO by producing podcasts to promote its original shows, reports Bloomberg. According to sources familiar with the matter, the iPhone maker sent podcast producers a request for pitches in Summer 2019 for podcasts related to its Apple TV+ series. Other sources also said that Apple […]

Apple TV’s ‘Servant’ at centre of plagiarism lawsuit

Apple is at the centre of a lawsuit by Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini over its original series Servant. Gregorini has filed a copyright lawsuit which alleges that Servant – developed by The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan – plagiarised her 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel. Both titles focus on a mother who is […]

Apple TV to launch on Sony, Vizio smart TVs

Apple has confirmed that its Apple TV app will launch on Sony and Vizio smart TVs ‘later this year’. The announcement comes several days after the news that the app would also be made available to 2020, 2019 and 2018 LG smart TVs. It brings the total number of smart TV manufacturers offering Apple TV-built […]

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