Apple TV Overview Updated October 27, 2016

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First shown in late 2006 and actually released in early 2007, the Apple TV went through a more substantial transformation than any other Apple product in the past decade. The original model was a stripped-down Macintosh computer with a 40GB hard drive, serving as a screenless iPod for playing videos, music, and photos on an HDTV. Apple unveiled a completely redesigned plastic model in 2010, dropping the hard drive in favor of 8GB of flash storage, and in late 2015 the device was updated again with its own tvOS operating system, a slightly thicker design, and an all-new Siri Remote.

The Apple TV serves a variety of different purposes now thanks to its tvOS operating system, which is only going to get better later this year when tvOS 10 is released to the public. The fourth-gen Apple TV has its own App Store that offers a variety of streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO, CBS, and much more, as well as utility apps and a variety of unique games.

Using AirPlay with your iOS device or Mac, you can stream videos, photos, and music directly from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac to your HDT, as well as mirroring their screens. Under some circumstances, Macs can use a TV equipped with an Apple TV as a second display.

The fourth-gen Apple TV also included a brand new Siri Remote. This remote is considerably different than the aluminum remote that previously shipped with the device. The Siri Remote includes a dedicated Siri button that, when paired with Universal Search on the Apple TV, allows users to easily look up content from a variety of sources with a single search. Apple is routinely adding more services to Universal Search, as well.

With the Apple TV 4, Apple did increase the price to $149 for 32GB of storage and $199 for 64GB. That’s $50 more than the previous generation model, but with the Siri Remote, tvOS, App Store, and much more, it’s easily one of the best streaming solutions on the market.

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Apple is reportedly set to launch a smart TV guide for Apple TV tomorrow, as parts of its ‘hello again’ event. The TV guide will aggregate different sources of TV shows and movies into a single view, so users do not have constantly switch between app to find something to watch, according to Recode.

The interface will summarize what’s available to watch and then direct users to the respective apps with deep linking for the selected content. Apple has partnered with video providers to bring this feature to market but apparently Netflix content will not be available. The feature will also be available on iOS devices, not just tvOS.

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Although the Apple event scheduled for tomorrow has been colloquially labelled as a ‘new Mac’ unveiling, it appears Apple will be talking about some other things as well.

USA Today is reporting that Apple is preparing to unveil a new app for Apple TV, which will give users personalised TV shows recommendations. The app will contextually suggest TV shows to watch based on their existing viewing habits and content subscriptions.

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After several beta versions, tvOS 10.0.1 is now available for all fourth-generation Apple TVs. The software update was previously only available to registered developers for testing.

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[Update: AT&T has officially announced that it will acquire Time Warner for $107.50 per share. The deal will now go through the usual legal process to ensure the companies comply with anticompetitive regulations.]

After a few days of deliberations, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal is done. AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for more than $80 billion. This values Time Warner shares at around $105 each, a significant premium over the closing price of $89 on Friday. The deal will entrench the carrier further into the entertainment business; AT&T and Time Warner are expected to announce the acquisition as soon as later today.

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