HBO launches Netflix rival HBO Now with Apple

HBO has unveiled HBO Now, its OTT subscription on-demand service that will allow consumers access to its premium content for a monthly rate. The service will launch in April, marking a significant new entrant the competitive SVOD market that Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video currently dominate. Anticipation around HBO’s OTT offer has been growing […]

HBO reportedly in talks with Apple for HBO Now launch

HBO and Apple are reportedly in talks that could see Apple TV become a key launch partner for HBO’s planned new US OTT service. According to the International Business Times, HBO and its online video platform provider, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, have held talks with Apple ahead of the planned launch of the HBO […]

Aereo assets go up for sale

Failed cloud TV service Aereo has reportedly put its intellectual property and hardware up for sale at a bankruptcy auction this week.  According to a Bloomberg report, Aereo has predicted that its assets could fetch from US$4 million (€3.5 million) to US$31.2 million, which will be used to pay back creditors. The firm is reportedly […]

Apple makes €1.7 billion European investment pledge

Apple is set to invest €1.7 billion to build and operate two European data centres that will power online services for it European customers including the iTunes Store and the App Store. The two data centres will each measure 166,000 square metres, are expected to begin operations in 2017 and will be located in County […]

Apple retains global brand lead

Apple was the most valuable brand of 2015 with a total brand value of US$128.3 billion (€112.8 billion), according to Brand Finance’s Global 500 ranking.  The annual report shows that last year’s top five global brands all kept their rankings in 2015, but each grew their value with number two-ranked Samsung now holding a brand […]

Apple reportedly in talks to launch OTT TV service

Apple is reportedly in talks with content companies about securing rights to launch its own OTT TV service and has shown programmers demos of the proposed service. According to US publication Re/code, citing unnamed industry executives, Apple is in talks that could see it create its own pay TV packages to sell direct to consumers […]

Apple TV sales hit 25 million

Apple has now sold 25 million units of its Apple TV streaming set-top box, it revealed while announcing bumper results for its fiscal first quarter of 2015.  Asked specifically for an update on Apple TV during the company’s first quarter earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said the product had had a “solid quarter” but would […]

US homes have an average 1.9 connected TV devices

The average US home now has 1.9 connected TV devices, with ownership of this technology having grown by 28% year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm said that ownership of devices including smart TVs, smart Blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles and digital media streamers was up by 5% quarter-on-quarter in Q3 2014 and 28% […]

Disney adds Movies Anywhere access to Android devices

Disney has made its Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) app available on Android devices for the first time.  Disney Movies Anywhere first launched in February and is a digital movie service that lets US consumers buy, manage and watch Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies across multiple devices and platforms. Previously, the service was only available on […]

Carl Icahn urges Apple to add UHD TV set to its product line-up

Billionaire investor and Apple shareholder, Carl Icahn, has written an open letter to Apple in which he urges the company to add a ultra high definition TV set “to the Apple ecosystem.” In a letter signed by Icahn, his son Brett Icahn and investment partner David Schechter, the trio said that while Apple has to […]

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