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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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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.
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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.
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
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
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 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
August 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Perhaps feeling pressure from Apple and Google, Roku has added a feature that streams video from users' phones to their TV sets. Users with the Roku iOS app for the iPhone and iPad can send video that they've recorded with their device over to their Roku digital player. The player will then show the video on the TV that it is connected to. The feature is similar to others available on the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, but it is far more limited. PHOTOS: How Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku compare Apple TV users can use AirPlay to send video from their Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, to their TVs. This can be content that they recorded or video from apps, including YouTube and HBO GO. Additionally, the feature can be used to show the device's screen on the TV, which is handy tool for giving presentations.
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
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
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
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.
SPORTS
December 27, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY - The Lakers have spent plenty of time in the TV glare over the years, continually logging the maximum number of games allowed by the NBA on national TV. But this week they got a cold, hard stare from the NBA and ESPN, who decided in conjunction to drop planned coverage on ESPN of a Lakers game against the Houston Rockets in favor of a Phoenix-Minnesota game the same night, Jan. 8. The Lakers got stranded at the TV altar?...
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple announced new versions of its Retina MacBook Pro laptops and said its redesigned Mac Pro computer will go on sale "before the end of the year. " The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant said the black, cylinder-shape Mac Pro, which was announced last summer, will start at $2,999 for a 256 GB model with 12 GB of RAM. The Mac Pro, which uses an Intel Xeon E5 processor, will be assembled in the U.S. LIVE UPDATES: Apple announcement -- iPad, Mavericks OS X, more Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller also unveiled the company's second-generation 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which goes on sale Tuesday.
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
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
October 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple introduced the fifth generation of its iPad tablet, a thinner, lighter and redesigned model that is being dubbed the iPad Air. The new model looks a lot like the iPad mini. It weighs 1 pound, down from 1.4 pounds for the previous model, and it is also 20% thinner than before, at just 0.3 inches thick. Complete with the redesigned look is the company's new 64-bit A7 chip, which makes the iPad Air faster than its predecessors. LIVE UPDATES: Apple announcement -- iPad, Mavericks OS X, more Apple said the new iPad Air will be available in silver and white or space gray and black options.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is slated to hold its latest media event in San Francisco on Tuesday, but what exactly will the tech giant announce? Plenty, it turns out. Reports say the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant plans to follow its September iPhone event with a showcase of new products, primarily starring new iPads. GUIDE: Where to sell old iPads before new ones are announced Here's what you can expect from Apple, as well as one product you shouldn't hold your breath for. Redesigned iPad Apple is expected to announce the fifth generation of its 9.7-inch-screen iPad.
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