Apple TV brings in revenues of US$1 billion

Apple reportedly made US$1 billion (€726 million) in sales for its Apple TV web streaming set-top box in the last year, pushing the product past the “hobby” label it has previously put on the device. According to a Reuters report, Apple CEO Tim Cook told shareholders at Apple’s general meeting on Friday “it’s a little […]

Apple reportedly in talks with cable for new set-top launch

Apple is reportedly in talks with US cable operators to secure video content rights for the launch of a new version of its Apple TV set-top box. According to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, Apple plans to unveil its new device in April and have it on sale by Christmas, although the full launch date could […]

OTT and cord shaving ‘not a threat to broadcast model’

The rise of OTT and ‘cord shaving’, cutting down on pay TV services, will not kill the broadcast model, according to 79.6% of TV and media firms, polled by Informa Telecoms and Media. The global survey of “key players in the TV and media market”, conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media ahead of the TV […]

Loewe secures investment, former Apple exec comes on-board

A group of investors that includes the former head of Apple Europe have acquired a “significant portion” of troubled German TV maker Loewe in a bid to take the brand to a younger customer base. The investment group Panthera – which includes former Apple and Bang & Olufsen executive Jan Gesmar-Larsen and Munich-based entrepreneurs Constantin […]

Bloomberg launches on Apple TV

Bloomberg has launched a service on Apple TV, incorporating a live 24/7 stream of Bloomberg TV, access to on-demand programming including digital originals and selected live events. The on-demand programming on Apple TV includes shows Bloomberg West, Charlie Rose, Brink, Bloomberg Surveillance and Game Changers. Bloomberg says it is the first company to provide live […]

Netflix adds HD streaming to iOS app

Netflix has updated its iOS app to include HD streaming and support for Apple Airplay – which lets users stream content from their iPhone or iPad to their TV.  The new app will stream Netflix videos in HD on any iOS 7 device, provided the title is available in high definition and the internet connection […]

Apple buys second screen TV app

Apple has reportedly acquired second screen TV app, a recommendation service that combines programming guides for online video services like Hulu and Netflix. The deal was first reported by tech site VentureBeat, which said that Apple is thought have paid between US$1 million and US$1.5 million for the service that closed down to the […]

Apple reports strong iTunes growth as profits slip

Apple reported “strong growth” in revenue from its iTunes, software and services division and recorded a record quarter for iPhone sales, though profits dropped year-on-year. Announcing its fiscal third quarter results for the three months ended June 29, 2013, Apple said that iTunes, software and services contributed US$3.99 (€3.02 billion) billion of the US$35.3 billion […]

Apple reportedly working on TV ad-skipping plans

Apple is reportedly working on ad-skipping technology for its Apple TV set-top box service.  According to a Bloomberg report, the firm has briefed at least two broadcast TV network and cable channel owners on the plans, with the firm also looking to develop TV products with “broader appeal” than its current Apple TV box. An […]

HBO, ESPN and Sky launch on Apple TV

HBO, ESPN, Sky News and other content providers have launched on Apple’s TV service. The deals mean that HBO Go subscribers can watch content from the service on connected devices via Apple TV set-tops. The WatchESPN service allows Apple TV owners to watch sport video content from the ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 channels. Consumers […]