Apple TV Overview Updated August 15, 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 TV Stories August 15

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With Twitter winning the bid for Thursday night NFL football, the company is keen to get its live streaming content in front of eyeballs. This apparently includes Apple TV, according to a report by the New York Times. Twitter is holding talks with Apple regarding a new app which would enable Apple TV customers to watch NFL live through the Twitter app.

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The Walt Disney Company today announced that it has invested $1 billion for a 33 percent stake in BAMTech, a company “leading” in technology services and video streaming. BAMTech was originally formed by Major League Baseball, but has now been separated from the broader MLB Advanced Media business as part of this transaction. As part of the partnership, BAMTech will become “a key partner for Disney in the delivery and support of streaming video and other digital products from Disney, ABC Television Group, and ESPN.”

Notably, BAMTech will work with ESPN to launch an ESPN-branded multi-sport streaming video service in the future…

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While Apple’s effort to create a digital TV service seems to have stalled, the company is still chasing a better way to find and watch content on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. Recode reports that Apple is currently talking to “TV programmers and other video companies” over a potential universal guide that could show what TV shows and movies are available from streaming video channels.

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