OTT Acorn grows onto iPads and iPhones

Acorn TV, the US streaming service programmed with UK-centric content, has launched on Apple devices. An Acorn app is now available in Apple’s online store, allowing iPad and iPhone owners to watch Acorn’s shows on their devices. Acorn, which launched in 2011, offers customers a free month-long trial and costs US$4.99 (€3.72) a month thereafter, […]

Google and Apple ‘could beat Fox to Time Warner’

Tech giants Google and Apple could try to grab Time Warner from under the nose of 21st Century Fox, according to corporate finance group Moody’s. Fox’s US$80 billion bid for Time Warner could “prompt other offers, even from technology giants”, Moody’s suggested. The fact Time Warner publicly acknowledged the Fox offer “puts the company in […]

Google introduces Android mirroring for Chromecast

Google has added Android mirroring to its Chromecast smart TV devices, enabling user to see their phone and tablets on their TV, enabling them to navigate apps and content on their devices on the big screen.  The move, trailed at last month’s Google I/O conference, means that Chromecast now has the same feature for Android […]

Nagravision and OpenTV sue Apple for patent infringement

Kudelski subsidiaries Nagravision and OpenTV have filed claims for three patent infringements against Apple in the Düsseldorf District Court in Germany. The pair allege that Apple has infringed patents ownd by them and are seeking to prevent the US technology giant from further infringement. According to Kudelski, the infringements span apple’s iOS mobile devices, Apple […]

Apple TV offering compares favourably with Amazon, says Cook

Content available through the Apple TV box compares “extremely favourably” to the Amazon Fire TV platform, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Speaking on a conference call after Apple’s second quarter earnings announcement, Cook said that consumers purchased content worth over US$1 billion from Apple TV in 2013 and that Apple is focusing on investing […]

Speculation grows over new Apple set-top box

Speculation is growing that Apple is planning to launch a new TV set-top box, after US cable operator Comcast made reference to the firm’s plans in a filing with the FCC. Contained within a filing about its planned US$45 billion buyout of rival Time Warner Cable (TWC), Comcast discussed competition in the US market, including […]

OpenTV and Nagravision sue Apple for patent infringement

OpenTV and Nagravision, both subsidiaries of digital security firm Kudelski Group, have filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming it infringes five of their US patents.  The action, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that the infringing products and service include iOS mobile devices, Apple TV, App Store, […]

Amazon claims streaming video lead over Apple, Hulu

Amazon claims that it has now passed both Apple and Hulu in US streaming video usage, citing a report by video delivery firm Qwilt. Amazon said that video streams on its Prime Instant Video service nearly tripled year-on-year, pushing in front of the two major US-based rivals. “We’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars in great TV shows […]

Apple reportedly in talks with Comcast for streaming service

Apple is in talks with Comcast to enter into a deal to allow Apple to launch a streaming TV service over Comcast’s cable network, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing unnamed sources, said that Comcast and Apple were discussing privileged access for traffic to reach Apple TV boxes over […]

Apple brand rating drops due to ‘lack of new products’

Apple’s brand preference rating fell by 5.1 points between Q2 and Q4 2013, according to new Strategy Analytics stats. The research firm said that Apple’s performance was one of the weakest of 21 major technology brands with its rating falling furthest in its “core affluent and younger demographics.” “This may be attributed to its relative lack […]

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