HDTV Stories November 13, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: PDF Expert 5 for iOS goes free, Black Friday HDTV deals, iPhone 6/s MFi Battery Case $21, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Best of Black Friday – iPads, Tablets and e-readers: iPad Air 2 from $360, Amazon Fire $35 (Reg. $50), more

App Store Free App of the Week: PDF Expert 5 goes free for the first time ($10 value)

Best of Black Friday – HDTVs: 40-inch from $149, Samsung 55-inch Smart $580 (Reg. $1,200), more

Best of Black Friday – Games: Xbox One/PS4 console bundles, deep discounts on games, more

Add 3100mAh of battery life to your iPhone 6/s with this MFi Apple-certified case: $21 Prime shipped (Reg. $43)

Apple MagSafe 2 Power Adapters for MacBook Air or MacBook Pro from $34 shipped (Reg. $79)

Implosion – Never Lose Hope for iOS goes free for the first time as IGN’s Game of the Month ($10 value)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Add TiVo DVR functionality to your over-the-air antenna with this refurb deal: $35 + $5 shipping (Orig. $50)

BLACK FRIDAY AD LEAKS & NEWS:

Best Buy’s Black Friday ad brings deals on Apple Watch, Macs, HDTVs, games & more!

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

T-Mobile is discounting iPhone 6s/Plus by $100 when bought on an installment plan or outright

Huge savings on pre-owned Apple Watches, deals from as low as $261 shipped

Apple iPod Touch 5th gen 16-64GB sizes, multiple colors: $149-$199 shipped

Apple Magic Mouse 2 (open-box): $68 shipped (Reg. $80)

Apple iPad Mini 2, space gray or silver: $199 shipped ($70 off)

UE MEGABOOM in black: $227 shipped (Reg. $300)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Pulse brings Bluetooth LE + iOS connectivity to a slew of Canon and Nikon DSLRs

Roku surprises with a new “special edition” streaming media player at an all-time low price

 

HDTV Stories December 19, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 15% off, Samsung 40″ LED HDTV $298, Sony on-ear headphones from $8, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Get 15% off iPad Air 2 at Target stores

Samsung 40-inch 1080p 60Hz Slim LED HDTV: $298 shipped (Reg. $400)

Amazon Gold Box: Save up to 60% on Select Sony Headphones – prices as low as $8 (orig. $20)

Last Day: Four magazine subs for $16 incl. Wired, GQ, Rolling Stone, Men’s Fitness, ESPN, many more

Giveaway: Grado Prestige Series SR80e Open-Ear Headphones ($99 value)

More new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promos/info:

Holiday Gift Guides:

HDTV Stories August 22, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: LG 42″ LED HDTV $300, WD 2TB portable HDD $85, Belkin Bluetooth adapter $24, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

LG 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV $300 shipped (orig. $550)

Storage Deals:

Belkin Song Stream Bluetooth Music Receiver $24 Prime shipped (Reg. $40+)

Reversible USB Lightning cable available for purchase ahead of its potential launch alongside iPhone

Apple Deals:

Other new deals:

  • New! Games/Apps: PlayStation 4 bundle $400 ($460+ value), DualShock 4 $40, more
  • New! Daily Deals: Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone: $49, Geneva WorldRadio: $95, more
  • New! Sony aims to up your tennis game with new racket sensor

More tech deals still alive:

Home/fashion/magazines/games/media:

New products/ongoing promos:

Google/Microsoft/misc tech:

HDTV Stories July 2, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: 3D printers from $600, Westinghouse 24″ 1080p HDTV $100, Mophie 1500mAh Juice Helium 5/5s battery pack $40, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

  • Mophie Juice Pack Helium 1500mAh iPhone 5/5s battery pack $40 shipped (Reg. $80)
  • 1 year magazine subs: Wired + Macworld both w/ digital access $11.50 shipped (Reg. $42+), more
  • Music Production Deals: $300 off Native Instruments Komplete 9, up to 44% off Apogee interfaces, more
  • Home Deals: Saeco Auto Espresso Machine (refurb) $330 shipped (orig. $1800 new), kitchen items, more

3D Printers: MakerBot Replicator 2 (refurb) $1200 (Reg. $2200 new), UP! Mini 3D $600 (Reg. $900+), more

Westinghouse 24″ 1080p HDTV w/ HDMI $100 shipped (Reg. $150+)

Games/Apps: Fantastical 2 for iPad $15, Injustice: Gods Among Us $30,  iOS freebies, more

Other new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promotions:

Microsoft/Google/Android:

HDTV Stories April 21, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Samsung 28″ 4K monitor $600, free $5 audible credit, PNY 128GB USB3 flash drive $43, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Samsung 28-inch 4K UHD LED 60Hz Monitor $600 shipped (Reg. $699)

Audible $5 audio book credit for free

PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive $43 shipped (Reg. $70)

$100 iTunes gift card for $85: Save 15% on future apps, music, movies, more

Vizio 40″ 120Hz 1080p LED LCD HDTV + $200 Dell GC for $500 shipped

Other deals from today:

More deals still alive:

New products/useful info:

Microsoft/Google/Android:

HDTV Stories March 5, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Seiki 47″ LED HDTV $329, Kindle accessories 30% off, iPads/other tablets $30 off, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Seiki 47-inch LED 1080P HDTV: $329 shipped

Free coupon for 30% off select Kindle accessories from OtterBox, Belkin, and more

Staples $30 off tablets priced $149 or more: Kindle Fire 16GB $119, iPad mini 16GB $269more

Daily Deals: Up to 65% off Sony memory, LaCie 1TB portable HD $80, iPad Mini w/4G LTE Unlocked $390, 8GB Flash Drive $5, much more

Other great deals from today:

More great deals still alive:

New products:

  • Roku announces a new HDMI streaming stick for $50
  • D-Link Releases the First Portable 11AC Router/Server/Charger for $99 shipped

HDTV Stories November 26, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Store style iPhone stand giveaway, Big savings on big HDTVs, Chromecast w/ free Play credit, GTA V/COD Ghosts, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Giveaway: Apple Store style NewPCgadgets acrylic iPhone stand ($30 value)

Sharp 50″ LED 120Hz 1080P HDTV LC-50LB150U: $400 shipped, 39″ Vizio/JVC 1080P, $300

Google Chromecast+$6 free Google Play credit: $33 (5% off)

Apps/Games:

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

Black Friday:

New product announcements & reviews:

  • Xbox One midnight launch info, reviews from around the web
  • PlayStation 4 launches tonight at midnight, reviews from around the web

HDTV Stories September 23, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: 24″ Dell 1080p monitor w/ $100 GC $200, Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD $165, games, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s featured deals:

Dell 1080p 24″ monitor w/ $100 gift card for $200 shipped (Reg. $230)

Samsung Solid State Drives: 840 EVO 250GB $165 (Reg. $250), 840 PRO 256GB $200 (Reg. $270)

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

New product announcements & reviews:

HDTV Stories September 3, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: 2200mAh portable power bank: $8, Pacific Rim (iOS): Free, new Kindle Paperwhite preorder, app deals, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

2200mah Portable Back Up Charger for USB Devices $8 shipped

Game/App Deals: Pacific RIM: FREE, Street Fighter 2 Collection: $1more

Other great deals we love:

  • New! Amazon announces the all-new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, now available for preorder starting at $119
  • New! Western Digital fills out its NAS-optimized RED hard drive line with new 2.5 inch versions
  • New! Monster NCredible NErgy in-ear noise isolating headphones $25 shipped (Reg. $60)
  • New! eBook Freebie: 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age… (Reg. $25)
  • New! 1 year magazine subscriptions: GQ & Wired: $5 each (up to $48 off)
  • New! VIZIO HDTVs (new and refurbished) 32″-70″ for $148–$1,299

HDTV Stories August 27, 2013

Moving beyond today's remotes (image: bttremote.com)

Moving beyond today’s remotes (image: bttremote.com)

An iPhone may fall under the generic heading of a mobile phone, but a combination of the convenience of apps and the ability to use the iPhone as a remote for everything from playing a movie to changing the color of our lighting means that many of us use them at home almost as much as we do when out & about.

In a patent published today, Apple explores the potential of the iPhone to act as an intelligent remote with the kind of functionality typically associated with high-end home automation setups. The idea is based around the concept of ‘scenes’. Having a romantic night in with your partner? You probably want the lights dimmed, the music on softly, the TV off. Movie night? The big-screen on, Apple TV selected as the source, surround-sound speakers selected, volume up higher – and so on …  expand full story

HDTV Stories August 26, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: 16″ to 39″ Monitor/HDTV deals, Scosche Lightning (MFi) wall charger $6, Adobe Photoshop/Premier Elements 11 $80, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Displays and HDTV’s: Dell 21.5″ $130, Samsung 32″ $180, more

Scosche i2H05 5-Watt home charger (MFi Apple certified) with built-in Lightning cable $6 shipped (Reg. $30) – Car charger also available for $11 (Reg. $25)

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 & Premiere Elements 11 bundle: $80 shipped (Reg. $150)

Other great deals we love:

Freebies:

HDTV Stories July 31, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: HDTV Deals – 46″ Westinghouse LCD $300, 60″ LG LED $800, digital cameras, apps/games, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Also check out the latest 9to5Mac Happy Hour to hear the latest 9to5Toys segment. During the show, there’s a mention of $50 video conversion software currently available for free and the VPN service proXPN.com available at a 20% discount.

Today’s Featured deals:

SOLD OUT 1080p HDTVs: Westinghouse 46″ Class LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV $300, LG 60″ LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV $800 shipped. Need something in the middle? 50″ LG for $498 at Walmart

SOLD OUT Digital Camera Deals: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V: $250, Canon EOS-M Mirrorless 18MP w/ extra lens + flash kit: $380

Other great deals we love:

HDTV Stories July 3, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: $300 Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera w/ lens kit, $23 Belkin Lightning dock, storage deals, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+

Today’s Featured deals:

Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens $300 Shipped

Storage Deals:

Belkin Charge & Sync Lightning dock w/ built-in 4′ USB cable $23 Shipped (Reg. $35)

Other great deals we love:

HDTV Stories June 16, 2013

9to5Toys Father’s Day Deals: $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85, $966 Seiki 50″ 4K HDTV, $10 Apple Lightning Cable, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

This Father’s Day holiday weekend is bringing some terrific deals on everything from iTunes Gift Cards to HDTVs and everything in between.  Our 9to5Toys deals team has rounded up the absolute best deals we’re seeing from online retailers and B&M stores.  Feel free to stop by throughout the day as new deals are constantly being added.

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Today’s Featured deals:

Sold out $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85: Save 15% on future purchases of Apps, Music, Movies, more

HDTV Deals:

Sold out. Apple 3-foot Lightning cable $10 or 2 non-MFI Lightning cables with Car/wall adapters $7 shipped

iOttie Easy View iPhone Car Windshield/Dashboard Mount $12.50 + Free Shipping for some (Reg. $25)

Some great Specials.9to5toys.com happening currently including half off Nuance PDF maker/editor ($49) and Firecore adds all kinds of cool stuff to your 2nd Generation appleTV (720P).

Other great deals we love:

HDTV Stories June 14, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 (Save 15% on apps,music,more), $966 Seiki 50″ 4K HDTV, 12% off Apple SuperDrive, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours.  We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to roundup the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... TwitterRSS FeedFacebook

Today’s Featured deals:

$100 iTunes Gift Card for $85: Save 15% on future purchases of Apps, Music, Movies, more

HDTV Deals:

Apple SuperDrive, external USB DVD/CD drive $69.99 Shipped (Reg. $79) – Perfect for your new MacBook Air.

Some great Specials.9to5toys.com happening currently including half off Nuance PDF maker/editor ($49) and Firecore adds all kinds of cool stuff to your 2nd Generation appleTV (720P).

Other great deals we love:

  • New! Apple 3-foot Lightning cable $10 or 2 non-MFI Lightning cables with Car/wall adapters $7 shipped

HDTV Stories June 6, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: $71 Kingston 64GB Wi-Drive for iPhone/iPad/iPod, $119 Western Digital 2TB USB 3.0 Portable HD

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours.  We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to roundup the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... TwitterRSS FeedFacebook

Today’s Featured deals:

Other great deals we love:

Kubi is a cloud controlled robotic desktop stand for your tablet. It enables you (or whoever is on the other end of a video call) to look around and interact through the tablet. Kubi is capable of a 300° pan and a 90° tilt, and is compatible with any Bluetooth enabled tablet, from iPads to the Microsoft Surface. This product is a game-changing video conference device for anyone who works remotely. This deal expires at midnight, so get it now for $259 + Free Shipping (Marked down from $315).

HDTV Stories May 11, 2013

Weekend 9to5Toys roundup: $875 MacBook Air, $1,150 iMac, 15% off iTunes gift card, $179 Nest thermostat, much more

From 9to5Toys.com:

9to5Toys scours the net each day to bring our US readers the best deals in consumer electronics. Below are the absolute hottest deals going on right now. Most of these promotions are only available for a limited time, so be sure to lock in these savings if you see something you like.  Check back often as we are constantly posting new deals.

Also bookmark 9to5Toys.com/Daily-deals for 35+ of the top daily deals across most of the biggest shopping sites in the US including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and many more.

Ending today: Best Buy is taking $125 off the price of MacBook Airs for the next three days to celebrate Mother’s Day. That yields some of the lowest prices we’ve seen. The retailler knocks off $100 across the board, then using code MOM25 knocks off another $25.

Amazon has stepped up and is offering a staggering $150 off three out of four standard configuration iMacs (21″ & 27″).  This discount is yielding the lowest prices we have ever seen on these super-skinny iMacs.  Don’t wait too long to pull the trigger, this is an unadvertised sale that Amazon could pull the plug on at any moment.

The current generation MacBook Air, iMac and Retina MacBook Pro do not include a CD/DVD optical drive, but you can pickup a discounted Apple Superdrive right now for just $69 (Reg. $79).

Ending todayBest Buy is offering a $100 iTunes gift card for just $85.  That is a total savings of 15% off future purchases of Apps Music, Movies and any other content on the the App Store, iTunes, Mac App Store and iBook Store.  This is the first iTunes deal we’ve seen in nearly 2 months and a perfect opportunity to surprise Mom on Mother’s Day

Other great deals on stuff we love:

HDTV Stories April 15, 2013

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Apple has informed its official retail stores, AppleCare employees, and authorized resellers that a small number of third-generation Apple TV units have WiFi issues. These issues surround not being able to locate a WiFi network, unable to join a network, and dropped or intermittent connections.

Apple has determined that a very small number of Apple TV (3rd generation) products might experience one of these Wi-Fi related connectivity issues: Cannot locate network, Unable to join network, Dropped or intermittent connection.

If an Apple technician determines that an applicable Apple TV has these issues, the unit can be replaced as part of a replacement program that Apple has begun because of these WiFi issues. Apple says that replacements can be offered free of charge up to two years after the device’s purchase date.

Here are the serial number pairs that are eligible:

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HDTV Stories March 26, 2013

Apple analyst Gene Munster still clinging to HDTV this year, warns no major product announcements until June iPhone 5S launch (Video)

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Piper Jaffray Apple analyst Gene Munster is out today with an updated outlook for the company, warning that Apple will not have any major product announcements until June and likely miss its June guidance with lower-than-expected iPhone and Mac sales.

In other words, the Retina iPad mini he predicted would launch in March—not happening. Instead, Munster said Apple could announce an incremental upgrade to iPad or iTunes in April and wouldn’t have a major product announcement until the iPhone 5S lands in late June. He also told Bloomberg this morning (video above) that a cheaper iPhone would be announced in September through a deal with China Mobile and ship in September or October.

Gene still prays for an Apple HDTV this year, telling Bloomberg this morning there is “no question whether it’s a set-top box versus a TV, it’s an actual TV.” He hopes Apple will announce its full-fledged television set by the end of the year.

Gene also thought Apple’s iWatch won’t make an appearance until 2014, while also noting that wearable technology has an opportunity to cannibalize the phone market within 5 to 10 years.

HDTV Stories January 22, 2013

Apple analyst Gene Munster says Apple HDTV with new remote coming in 2013, again

Speaking with Bloomberg today about Apple’s upcoming earnings call, Piper Jaffray’s Apple analyst Gene Munster said his most recent checks with suppliers in Asia and industry sources indicate Apple is moving to release a full-fledged television this year with a new remote. This is of course not the first time the analyst has predicted Apple will release an HDTV—rather than an updated set-top box—in 2013…

Munster is expecting the Apple TV set to be one of three catalysts to help investors get behind Apple stock again in 2013. The other two are a Retina iPad mini in March and a low-cost iPhone later in the year. With the Apple TV information supposedly coming from supply chain sources in Asia, we’d expect Munster to have some more concrete specs instead of the same non-specific hearsay we’ve heard before. Note: Munster has predicted an Apple HDTV since 2011. Here’s what he had to say on Bloomberg (around the 9:40 mark):

The core of the debate is an improved set-top box… a hockey puck that attaches to your TV, or an actual television. Based on our work, in part, with talking to suppliers in asia, to talking with people in the industry, we think its an actual television. Specifically, the basic thing it fixes is the remote control problem… We think fixing that is going to be an important part of it. And the second piece down the road is content, content on demand. That’s essentially what apple television is. 

HDTV Stories December 19, 2012

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Last week, a report from The Wall Street Journal claimed Apple’s much rumored HDTV set is now in the “early stages of testing” with partners Hon Hai Precision and Sharp. Today, we get more details surrounding the rumored product from the Taiwan national news agency’s English language Focus Taiwan. According to the report, citing sources close to Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the supplier is testing Apple television designs, but the possibility of the product shipping in 2013 is “unlikely”:

Nevertheless, the source said it is unlikely that shipments of the appliances will begin as soon as the end of next year.

While the report from WSJ claimed Sharp was involved in the initial testing of the product with Hon Hai, Focus Taiwan’s source claimed the possibility of Sharp displaying panels for the product is “not high”:

Asked whether the new Apple TV will use display panels produced by Japan’s Sharp Corp., the source said the possibility is not high.

The source also claimed that Apple is looking at displays ranging from 46 inches to 55 inches, meaning the company likely wouldn’t rely on Sharp’s plants best suited for production of 60+ inch panels: expand full story

HDTV Stories December 12, 2012

WSJ: Apple testing several TV set designs with component suppliers, not considered a ‘formal project yet’

The Wall Street Journal is out with a report today, citing sources close to Apple’s suppliers, on the company’s development of its much-rumored HDTV set. While the majority of the story is what we’ve heard from both analysts and past reports, according to WSJ, Apple is currently “still in the early stage of testing” but also in the process of evaluating several TV set designs with component suppliers. One of those suppliers is apparently Sharp:

Officials at some of Apple’s suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has been working on testing a few designs for a large-screen high-resolution TV… Two people said Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., 2317.TW +0.63% which assembles the iPhone and iPad, has been collaborating with Japan’s Sharp Corp.6753.TO +7.80% on the design of the new television.

While some might speculate this means Apple is closer to bringing a TV set product to market, the WSJ noted in the same report that Apple “has been testing various TV prototypes for a number of years.” WSJ’s sources added that Apple’s TV set efforts are not considered a “formal project yet.”

Apple, which works with suppliers to test new designs all the time, has been testing various TV prototypes for a number of years, according to people familiar with the efforts. The company generally tests and develops products internally before doing so with outside suppliers.

HDTV Stories August 24, 2012

Update: Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves reached out to us with some clarification on his note to clients earlier today noting the “commentary in our note was our interpretation and our thoughts based on the meetings we had”:

Nobody at Apple said anything to us about future products. The commentary in our note was our interpretation and our thoughts based on the meetings we had. It’s ok if you say “Analyst does not expect a TV any time soon”, but its incorrect to attribute the commentary to Apple management, particularly in the title.

While recent reports claimed Apple is in deep negotiations with cable operators to create a new cable TV platform for Apple TV, many also tied the reports to the possibility of a full-fledged Apple HDTV. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek claimed just last week that Apple’s HDTV set is in full production, and he went as far as including 2 million units of the device at an average sale price of $1,250 in his model for early 2013.

According to a note to clients from Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves, who spoke with Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer and Senior Vice President for Internet Services Eddy Cue on Wednesday, Apple’s entrance into the HDTV world is “extremely unlikely in the near-term.” Fortune posted an excerpt from Hargreaves’ notes today following his meeting with Oppenheimer and Cue: expand full story

HDTV Stories April 27, 2012

Reuters reported today that Apple has been in talks since earlier this year to stream films owned by premium TV channel EPIX to Apple TV set-top boxes and potentially its much-rumored upcoming HDTV product. Three major studios including Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Lionsgate back the channel:

Apple Inc began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations… Apple is widely expected to unveil a full-fledged TV product later this year or in early 2013 to drive its next phase of growth and potentially revolutionize the industry.

According to the report, Apple’s attempts to acquire the content could run into trouble due to EPIX’s $200 million agreement with Netflix that gives the service streaming rights through September of this year.

In March, the New York Post reported Apple plans to launch a new TV streaming service in time for Christmas of this year, despite troubles signing up major content partners. The report claimed content providers had “largely balked” at Apple’s unwillingness to negotiate on pricing. It also stated Apple wanted content providers to offer their channels through iOS and Apple TV-like apps. Earlier reports from analysts indicated Apple could partner with its existing carrier partners, such as AT&T and Verizon, to take advantage of their programming for upcoming streaming services. expand full story

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