Apple Pushes Amazon Prime Video with a What’s New Screen and Twitter Ads

Apple has gone all-in on promoting the new Amazon Prime Video app, and is not only telling users that it is available after a tvOS 11.2 update, but has taken out Twitter “promoted” tweets noting it as well. The screen appears after the Apple TV updates to 11.2 and reboots itself. The app is available now in the Apple TV App Store.

{Update: IT’S GONE!} Apple TV 4K 64 Gigabyte device appears on Amazon.com after 4 year absence

Early Tuesday, Amazon.com has added the newest version of Apple TV to its product lineup. The device had been absent from the giant online store for the last four years. You can pick it up by going here. Update: As of 4:54pm ET the page has been taken off-line.

Don’t buy an Apple TV 4K unless you have a super-fast Internet connection

“I was very interested in getting the new Apple TV 4K,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “I wanted to be able to view 4K movies on my 4K TV.” “I can already do this to some extent with Amazon Prime Video, and the quality is impressive,” McElhearn writes. “However, Apple has published a support document that explains the requirements for accessing 4K content.” “You’ll need a 25 Mbps connection to get 4K content,” McElhearn writes. “Otherwise you’ll just get HD or SD.” Read more in the full article here.

Plex brings Live TV to 4th Generation Apple TV

(AppleInsider.com): Two recent features of Plex’s media streaming app —Live TV and DVR —have emerged from beta, with the former appearing on the Apple TV for the first time. To use Live TV, Apple TV owners must have a Plex Pass subscription and a compatible digital antenna and tuner connected to a Plex Media Server. The feature supports non-encrypted broadcasts in over 70 countries, and includes a program guide with artwork, episode details, and search functions. Apple TV users may need to restart Plex to get Live TV to appear. With the feature emerging out of beta however they will Click Here to Read more

Apple adds Wave, and 9 other TV providers to single sign-in on iOS

Apple has quietly added a cable TV provider called Wave, and 9 others to the list that support single sign-in on its Apple TV device and other iOS devices. The other providers are listed below: Comporium Fidelity Communications Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico MCTV Northland Communications Service Electric Cablevision Shentel Vast Broadband Vyve Broadband The new cable companies should be available now.  

What to do of your Cable System doesn’t support single sign-in for Apple TV

Single sign in is a feature for Apple TV that lets the end user sign-in to their TV cable system using a single sign-in page. Then if they download an app for a cable channel (such as Discovery) and go into the LIVE page, the channel would already be available without that user having to sign-in to that cable channel’s web site and sign in there. But what if your cable service is not on the list of single sign-in providers?  In that case, you’ll have to: Go to the LIVE page of that Apple TV app. Select “other cable system” or something Click Here to Read more

OPINION: Why cable cutting is NOT a good idea – just not yet

If you read 98% of the articles abut getting rid of cable and going all streaming to save money, they make it seem that it is the thing to do, and that cable systems should be worried about their business, or are even predicting their demise in a few years. Well, I don’t mean to be the caller of bad news, but don’t call your cable company just yet.  Here’s why: While it is true that cable companies are hiking their prices and are giving you less offerings, you’re still getting a deal with the number of channels and offerings Click Here to Read more

Apple declares 2nd Generation Apple TV ‘Obsolete’, is stopping most hardware support

Early Thursday, Apple has sent a notice to its retailers and other outlets stating that the 2nd Generation Apple TV has been declared an obsolete piece of hardware and is stopping most – if not all – hardware support for the item. Customers may still be able to obtain parts in Turkey and California if they wish to pay ‘obsolete’ prices and shipping.

CNBC: Apple TV is ‘worse than cable, needs a purpose’

(CNBC): One Apple shareholder is not impressed with the company’s original content ambitions. “Apple TV is like off the radar now,” said Ross Gerber, president and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. “Using an Apple TV is actually worse than using cable used to be, and I thought the whole goal was to make it better. Really it’s become just a Netflix portal. Apple absolutely needs to find direction with Apple TV and some sort of purpose.” Though Apple hasn’t put a formal stake in the ground on as far as making more original programming, revolutionizing TV is an Apple ambition Click Here to Read more

Apple hires former head of Amazon Fire TV to help with sagging Apple TV interest

Bloomberg is citing sources that they are saying that Apple is not only shaking up its Apple TV division, but is also hiring former head of operations of Amazon’s Fire TV division, Timothy D. Twerdahl.  His primary job (according to sources) will be to head the company’s Apple TV product marketing, and will report to Greg Joswiak, who is the worldwide iOS marketing chief. Twerdahl served as Amazon’s general manager and director of Fire TV operations from 2013 to December of 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile.