Apple TV is getting Dolby Atmos and Zero Sign-On with tvOS 12

Apple took the stage today at WWDC, their annual developer conference, and discussed updates coming to their various platforms. Among the keynote was a brief section talking about changes coming to the Apple TV and tvOS. The main points of interest are that the Apple TV 4K is gaining support for Dolby Atmos surround sound and Apple is making activating TV everywhere apps even easier with something called zero sign-on. Read more ›

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Amazon to once again sell the Google Chromecast and Apple TV

Amazon has re-listed the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV, as first spotted by CNET. This is significant since Amazon removed both devices from their website two years ago after being unhappy with the state of Amazon Video on both platforms. This should relieve tension between Amazon, Google, and Apple, which may be the first step to avoiding the upcoming ban of YouTube on the Fire TV by Google. Read more ›

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Amazon Prime Video app arrives on the Apple TV

As promised earlier this year, Amazon has released a Prime Video app for the Apple TV. The app is available in the app store for 4th and 5th generation Apple TVs and will also be added to the pre-app store 3rd generation model. Read more ›

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Apple announces new Apple TV 4K with HDR

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today at a special event to announce new Apple products. Among them was the announcement of a new Apple TV capable of 4K video playback at 60 frames per second, as well as HDR video. The new Apple TV supports both of the two most popular HDR standards, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The new hardware looks exactly like the existing Apple TV and uses the same Siri remote. Read more ›

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Apple fighting Hollywood to cap 4K movie prices at $19.99

With a new 4K Apple TV expected to be announced on September 12, Apple is reportedly scrambling to lock down deals on 4K content for the new device, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sources close to the matter say the hangup is on pricing because Apple wants to charge $19.99 for all major titles, which is around what they charge for 1080p movies, while Hollywood studios want to charge $5 to $10 more for higher resolution movies. Read more ›

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New Apple TV with 4K and HDR will reportedly be announced in September

It seems as though both Amazon and Apple are on the same update cycle for their streaming boxes. Both companies released their current flagship set-top boxes in October 2015 and both appear to be releasing new hardware in the next couple of months, if rumors are to believed. Bloomberg is reporting that a new Apple TV capable of 4K and HDR streaming will be announced in September at the event where Apple is expected to also announce their new iPhone models. Read more ›

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Apple content listings suggest 4K and HDR are coming to iTunes and the Apple TV


Apple has begun listing select iTunes movies as 4K and HDR, according to a report by MacRumors. The actual movie files being served are still only in 1080p or 720p, but the 4K and HDR labels suggest Apple’s media library will finally make the jump to Ultra HD content. Rumors of a new Apple TV capable of 4K and HDR coming later this year have been making the rounds, so this premature listing of 4K and HDR content seems to suggest those rumors are true.

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Amazon Prime Video app coming to the Apple TV later this year

Today marks the start of WWDC, Apple’s big developer conference. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook just took the stage to kick off the conference and his first announcement was that an Amazon Video app will finally be coming to the Apple TV. Cook mentioned you’ll be able to watch Prime Video on the device, but it’s unclear if the app will also allow you to purchase and rent content. Apple is rumored to be working on a new Apple TV with 4K capabilities, but there was no mention of a new device. The Amazon video app for Apple TV will arrive “later this year.” Read more ›

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Amazon Video app may arrive on Apple TV this summer

An Amazon Video app may actually be released on the Apple TV later this year. Sources familiar with the matter tell Recode that the two companies “are close to an agreement” to bring the streaming service to Apple’s set-top box. They expect the app to be released in the third quarter of this year. That would align nicely with when we can probably expect to see a new 4K version of the Apple TV released. Read more ›

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Apple reportedly testing new 4K capable Apple TV

What probably comes as no surprise to anyone, Apple is reportedly testing a new Apple TV that is capable of 4K playback, according to a new report by Bloomberg. People familiar with the plans say the new device, internally codenamed “J105,” is also capable of displaying “more vivid colors,” which likely means support for HDR content. Bloomberg’s article points out that the current Apple TV, released in 2015, as well as the new unreleased model consist of numerous compromises that have resulted in a product that is evolutionary instead of revolutionary. Apple’s original vision for the product included connectors for a coaxial port to replace cable boxes, a game controller to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation, and microphones for hands free Siri communication. None of that panned out and Apple “essentially settled for turning the television set into a giant iPhone.” A 4K capable Apple TV, as well as HDR support, is inevitable from Apple, but it sounds like a disruption of how the average customer consumes streaming media is not coming with the next generation device.

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