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September 2, 2010
Price: $99 How it works: Streams TV shows and movies, rented online from iTunes store, to television set Monthly fee: None Online connection: Wi-Fi and ethernet Format: SD and HD Available: Late September Source: Apple Inc.
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April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New code found within Apple's software seems to indicate the tech giant will be bringing its Siri voice assistant to the next version of the Apple TV, a report Wednesday said. That may mean that Apple will compete against the new $99 Amazon Fire TV for customers on the high-end of the video-streaming market. The Amazon Fire TV was announced and released earlier this month. It can stream audio and video from services such as Netflix and Pandora the same way other gadgets in this market do. But unlike many of its rivals, the Fire TV also comes with voice search and the ability to play video games.
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BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Inc. is making a splash in the world of digital TV receivers with its tiny, $35 Chromecast device. The new Google gadget rivals the Apple TV and all Roku devices. However, each digital receiver has its benefits and downsides. Here's how the three gadgets compare. Content By far the most important part of any digital TV receiver is the amount of content it has access to and the quality of that content. If you look at numbers alone, then Roku is far and away the clear winner.
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April 21, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Are you psycho for "Bates Motel" but lost without cable? Cheer up, lil' Internet TV viewer. A&E Networks announced on Monday that it has launched A&E, History and Lifetime content on Apple TV. That means more than just "Bates Motel"; it includes popular shows like "Storage Wars," "Project Runway," "Devious Maids" and "Pawn Stars. " Apple TV launched in early 2007 and offered a novel way to watch content from the Internet on a regular HDTV. The latest third-generation model was released in 2013.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2012 | By Chris O'Brien
Poor little Apple TV. It doesn't get the big, extravagant launch events that other Apple products receive. And even Chief Executive Tim Cook has sounded vague when he talks about Apple's feelings about it :  “It's an area of intense interest for us,” said Cook during an interview at All Things D earlier this year. “It's not a fifth leg of the stool. It's not the same size as the phone or Mac or tablet business.” But Cook also said he can't live without his Apple TV. And apparently, he's not alone.  In the wake of Cyber Monday, there was an interesting indicator that Apple TV is becoming a sleeper hit for Apple.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Are you psycho for "Bates Motel" but lost without cable? Cheer up, lil' Internet TV viewer. A&E Networks announced on Monday that it has launched A&E, History and Lifetime content on Apple TV. That means more than just "Bates Motel"; it includes popular shows like "Storage Wars," "Project Runway," "Devious Maids" and "Pawn Stars. " Apple TV launched in early 2007 and offered a novel way to watch content from the Internet on a regular HDTV. The latest third-generation model was released in 2013.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Game of Thrones," meet Apple TV. Apple said Wednesday that HBO Go and WatchESPN apps are now available directly on its set-top box that lets users stream video and music onto television sets.  HBO Go gives its subscribers access to Home Box Office's entire library, including original shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood. " WatchESPN lets ESPN customers access the sports empire's multiple channels. Apple TV users could already use both apps through a workaround -- by connecting their Apple smartphones, tablets and computers to the set-top box wirelessly through the company's AirPlay feature.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By Meg James
Hulu Plus, the $7.99-a-month subscription service, is now available on Apple TV. Hulu announced the move Tuesday. It is the latest expansion for the digital video service, which already has made itself available on Sony's Playstation 3 , Nintendo 's Wii and Microsoft 's Xbox 360 . Hulu, a joint venture of News Corp., Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal , has been working to expand the distribution of Hulu Plus,...
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The little hockey-puck-sized Apple TV has turned into a big business.  During the company's annual shareholders meeting on Friday, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Apple TV had generated $1 billion for the company in its last fiscal year.  That figure includes sales of the $99 Apple TV unit as well as the content people are purchasing over it.  "It's a little bit harder to call it a hobby," Cook said. That was a reference to Cook's previous habit of saying the company considered Apple TV a "hobby" whenever someone tried to prod him into talking about his plans for the device.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple Inc. is expected to announce new iPhone models next week, but could it also announce a new version of Apple TV? In August, the Cupertino-based tech giant received three shipments from one of its suppliers of set-top boxes, according to Panjiva , a company that organizes global trade and shipping data. Panjiva noted that these shipments could be for any number of things, including a new version of Apple TV, the long-rumored TV set by Apple. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far An Apple TV set -- the iTV perhaps?
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Move over, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast -- the Amazon Fire TV has arrived. Amazon jumped into the video-streaming device market last week by releasing the Fire TV, a small, black set-top box that streams video and audio content from the Internet. The $99 gadget will be facing off against rival devices from Apple, Google and Roku . LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2 p.m. as we unbox the Amazon Fire TV. But if there's one thing the Amazon Fire TV has that its rivals don't is a focus on video gaming.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As expected for some time, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its Fire TV, an Internet video-streaming set-top box that will compete against the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Though Amazon was expected to announce a small dongle similar to Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick, the company instead revealed a black rectangular box about the same size as the Apple TV and Roku's various set-top devices. The new box will retail for $99 and is on sale now . Amazon Fire TV comes with a small control, just like Roku and Apple TV. But unlike its rivals, Amazon Fire TV's remote comes with a microphone that users can speak into to search for content with their voice.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you're still hoping that Apple will one day release a TV set, you might not want to hold your breath. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane is set to release a book titled "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs," this week. In it, she recounts a moment during one of Steve Jobs' final months where the late Apple chief executive directly told his top executives that the company would not be entering the TV business, according to a Business Insider report . At Jobs' last Top 100 meeting, which is an annual summit for Apple's top executives, Jobs told his staff to ask him anything they wanted.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Roku has announced a new device for its lineup: the $49.99 Streaming Stick. The device is a small stick that users can plug into the back of their HD TVs through the HDMI port to stream video content from the Internet. The Streaming Stick must also connect to an electrical outlet or the USB port of a TV for power. "This new tiny player plugs discreetly into an HDMI port -- perfect for those beautiful wall-mounted TVs -- and packs the complete Roku streaming experience," Roku said in a blog Tuesday .  VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor   The Streaming Stick comes with the same features as the $49.99 Roku 1 but is faster than that device and is also a lot smaller.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the next week, customers who buy an Apple TV at one of the tech giant's retail stores will reportedly receive a $25 iTunes gift card as part of a promotion that could signal a new Apple TV is on its way. Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that Apple informed its retail employees about the promotion Friday morning. The bonus of a $25 gift card will be available to customers who buy a $99 Apple TV at an Apple Store between now and March 5, the report said. In the world of tech, discounts and promotions can often be signs that a newer version of a product will soon be rolled out. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor That was the case earlier this month when the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was heavily discounted by two retailers.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The little hockey-puck-sized Apple TV has turned into a big business.  During the company's annual shareholders meeting on Friday, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Apple TV had generated $1 billion for the company in its last fiscal year.  That figure includes sales of the $99 Apple TV unit as well as the content people are purchasing over it.  "It's a little bit harder to call it a hobby," Cook said. That was a reference to Cook's previous habit of saying the company considered Apple TV a "hobby" whenever someone tried to prod him into talking about his plans for the device.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Changes to the Apple Store website appear to indicate that the Cupertino tech giant is now placing more importance on Apple TV, a product Chief Executive Tim Cook has referred to as a "hobby" many times before. When Apple updated its store website to include Valentine's Day specials this week, it also added a new section dedicated entirely to Apple TV, 9to5Mac reported. Previously, Apple TV was hidden away on the website within the accessories page of the iPod section. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 After the website was updated this week, Apple TV now has a section to itself that includes accessories and support pages for the device, which is used to stream content from the Internet to watch on users' TVs. Recently, 9to5Mac also reported that the company is working on a new Apple TV set-top box that is set to release within the first half of 2014.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple will hold an event in March to plug a new program that lets developers write apps for Apple TV, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek said. That could be a significant step for Apple TV. Steve Jobs said in late 2010 that he had plans for an app store for Apple TV. The new program would set the stage for the new Apple TV that Misek expects will be unveiled in the fall, according to his product road map. Misek predicts the new TV will be in the 42-inch to 55-inch range and will start at $1,500.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Changes to the Apple Store website appear to indicate that the Cupertino tech giant is now placing more importance on Apple TV, a product Chief Executive Tim Cook has referred to as a "hobby" many times before. When Apple updated its store website to include Valentine's Day specials this week, it also added a new section dedicated entirely to Apple TV, 9to5Mac reported. Previously, Apple TV was hidden away on the website within the accessories page of the iPod section. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 After the website was updated this week, Apple TV now has a section to itself that includes accessories and support pages for the device, which is used to stream content from the Internet to watch on users' TVs. Recently, 9to5Mac also reported that the company is working on a new Apple TV set-top box that is set to release within the first half of 2014.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple will likely introduce a new Apple TV set-top box in the first half of 2014, according to a report Thursday. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant's upcoming Apple TV will feature a new app store, according to 9to5Mac , a tech news site known for its accurate Apple reports. With the added app store, Apple may introduce gaming content to the Apple TV for the first time. Apple hasn't dramatically improved its Apple TV product since late 2010, when it released the second generation of the device.
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