Comparison of the 2022 Apple TV 4K, Fire TV Cube 3rd-gen, 2019 Shield TV Pro, and more

Apple just announced the new 2022 Apple TV 4K earlier today. With Amazon announcing the new 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube last month, the market for flagship streaming devices is going to change quite a bit when these two new contenders are released in a few weeks. Here is a comparison chart of all the specs for the 2019 2nd Fire TV Cube, 2022 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube, 2019 Nvidia Shield TV (Cylinder), 2019 Nvidia Shield TV Pro, 2022 Apple TV 64GB, and 2022 Apple TV 128GB to help you compare the differences and similarities side-by-side. Read more ›

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Apple undercuts the Fire TV Cube with a new cheaper Apple TV 4K

Apple made a surprise announcement this morning with the reveal of a pair of new 2022 Apple TV 4K models. The new Apple TV gains more power, more storage, more video capabilities, and, most surprisingly of all, a huge price drop from $179 to $129. That, for the first time, makes Apple’s streaming device less expensive than Amazon’s flagship streaming device, the Fire TV Cube. Read more ›

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Nvidia Shield TV, Chromecast w/ Google TV, Apple TV, and Roku devices are all on sale

There are loads of great Fire TV deals for Prime Day, but if you’re thinking of seeing what the competition has to offer, there are deals for all major streaming devices available today. None are quite as good as the Fire TV deals, and these aren’t all strictly Prime-only deals, but here are deals on Google TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku devices. Read more ›

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Top Deals on Streaming Devices — Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, and Apple TV

Here is a round-up of the top deals on streaming devices across all major brands that are currently available. Included are deals on Fire TV devices, Android TV devices, Roku devices, and Apple TV deals. While I’m certainly partial to the Fire TV deals, there are certainly some others that a worth considering. Read more ›

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Apple TV’s new screen calibration feature can make the color accuracy and image quality worse

One of the most interesting new features added recently to the new Apple TV 4K and the previous generation is the ability to calibrate the screen using the front sensors on an iPhone. Professional television calibrator Vincent Teoh, who runs the great YouTube channel HDTVTest has put the new Apple TV calibration feature through its paces in his latest video. He found that in several cases the Apple TV calibration feature made color accuracy worse, even going as far as to shift the color output of a $40K mastering monitor used by the film and broadcast industry as a reference. In some cases where the calibration feature did improve color accuracy, it degraded the image quality in other ways. Read more ›

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New Apple TV 4K announced with new remote and support for high frame rate HDR

Apple has announced an update to the aging Apple TV 4K, which debuted back in 2017. The new Apple TV 4K finally ditches the much-hated touchpad remote for an all-new remote with a traditional circular directional button pad. The Apple TV for 2021 is now powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic process which allows it to support 60 FPS Dolby Vision video playback. Read more ›

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4K YouTube, Audio Sharing, 4K AirPlay, HomeKit Cameras, PIP, and more come to Apple TV in tvOS 14 update

Earlier this week, Apple held a virtual WWDC 2020, which is their annual developer conference. Among the many announcements made were additions coming in tvOS 14, the next major software update for the Apple TV, later this year. Finally included is support for 4K video in YouTube, 4K AirPlay video support, audio sharing through AirPods, several HomeKit additions like security camera support, Picture-in-Picture, and more. Read more ›

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Netflix drops AirPlay support for Apple TVs and smart TVs — Fire TV casting is not affected

Netflix has confirmed to The Verge that they’ve dropped support for Apple AirPlay entirely. This means that iPhone and iPad users can no longer use their mobile device to cast Netflix content to Apple TVs, as well as smart TVs that will support the upcoming AirPlay 2 expansion that includes Samsung, LG, Vizio, and Sony TVs. This does not affect Fire TVs, so it’s still possible to use an iOS or Android device to start playing Netflix content on any Fire TV that has the Netflix app installed. Read more ›

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Understanding the upcoming Apple TV App — Supported Hardware and Content Sources

At an event that focused mostly on TV, Apple announced a new TV app that is coming to 3rd-party devices, like the Amazon Fire TV, as well as several new streaming services with both new and existing content. In a sense, Apple has packed their new Apple TV interface into an upcoming app that will make it possible to access Apple’s television offerings without buying their hardware. While most of what Apple announced isn’t new to the streaming industry a whole, it does give Fire TV owners a new way to access content, so it’s worth understanding. Here’s a breakdown of what we know about the upcoming Apple TV app. Read more ›

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Apple TV app and new Apple TV+ streaming service is coming to Amazon Fire TV devices later this year

Apple held an announcement event today that focused around new services the company plans to launch. The majority of the event revolved around movies and television shows and it was revealed that a new version of Apple’s TV app would be coming to Amazon Fire TV devices. This app, which is at the forefront of Apple’s entire TV offering, should give Fire TV owners access to movies and shows purchased through iTunes, as well as content from Apple Channels and Apple TV+, which are two new TV services that Apple announced today. Read more ›

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