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 […]

Disney films in 4K HDR on Apple iTunes Store

Disney films can now be rented and purchased in UHD on iTunes. While it is focusing on expanding its own streaming empire, Disney is still playing ball with third-party storefronts and has made the switch to 4K on Apple’s platform, reports 9to5Mac. The report notes that a deal has been several years in the making, […]

Netflix to add 4K support on newer Macs

The latest update to the Mac operating system – macOS Big Sur – will add support for 4K viewing of Netflix, but only on a few devices. The 4K support was discovered in a beta build of the OS in June, and now it has been confirmed by Netflix – though on a much more […]