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The Apple TV set-top box was updated on Tuesday with a number of new dedicated channels: Vevo, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Weather Channel, and content from the Smithsonian Channel.

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The launch of new content options on Apple TV comes just days after it was revealed that Apple had inked a deal with Vevo to provide music video content to its HDTV accessory.

Apple has been steadily adding channels to the Apple TV through new dedicated apps throughout 2013. The last major update came in June, when Apple added HBO Go, WatchESPN, Sky News, CrunchyRoll and Qello.

Established programming partners on the Apple TV also include Hulu Plus, Netflix, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Vimeo, youTube, Flickr, and The Wall Street Journal.

The next major direction for Apple TV may be live and on demand content from cable providers. Apple is said to have been working with Time Warner Cable to provide streaming content to existing cable subscribers without the need to have a dedicated table box.

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Tuesday's update also arrives amidst rumors that Apple is in the process of negotiating directly with content providers for a new product category that may be a realization of the company's long-rumored television set. It's been said that Apple has found little success in negotiations with cable providers, prompting the company to turn to the content providers themselves.

One rumor from earlier this month suggested that Apple could announce a new television product of some sort as soon as November. While that product may not be a full-fledged television set, it was said the supposed product is likely to include some sort of enhanced control functionality.

Apple's future ambitions in the TV space were hinted at with the company's acquisition of Matcha.tv earlier this month. The small startup company provided a second-screen iOS app connected to various content outlets like cable TV, Internet streams, and digital storefronts.
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Bring it, apple.
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Wish they would add the BBC news App, common on many web enabled TV. Is a very good app, and a great way to see 'unbiased' news in just a few minutes
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I wish they would enable a single sign-on via itunes so I don't have to juggle 11ty accounts for app access.
 

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When does AppleTV get the redesign treatment? It sorely needs it! Talk about ugly.
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When does AppleTV get the redesign treatment? It sorely needs it! Talk about ugly.

 

Agreed. Not sure how many more apps they can keep adding before it starts to get too cluttered. It's already getting large to scroll through as is. 

At the very least update the Remote app for the iPhone so that I can see all these apps and click on them from my iPhone instead of scrolling.

Also make the Remote app stop losing the Apple TV so I don't have to close the Remote app, turn off/on WiFi and then open the app again. Thanks!

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Do you need cable subscription to access those channels?

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What's been troubling me lately is the redundancy with the stock apple apps.  I kind of get that they have designed the stock Apple-related Apps so you don't need to sync your computer to it...but let's face it.  If you own an ATV, you probably have an iTunes account and probably have a pc or mac that you sync to it.  So to have a podcasts, Music, movies, tv shows, etc. all as separate apps, then have the "Computers" app that has the exact same things, minus the iTunes store.  Seems really redundant.  Not to mention now there's a ton of network specific apps.  Needless to say the screen is getting a bit too crowded and the interface is sevearly lacking of some better, more efficient usability.  They must have something up their sleeve soon (as has been rumored) because it's getting a bit overwhelming to navigate and haphazard.

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I no doubt would 100% rather Apple negotiate directly with the content providers, but you've got to wonder if this information leak is not a way to instill fear in the US cable companies to force their hand. Either way it's good.

The one thing we all desperately need from Apple at this point is a new Bluetooth general remote. The IR remote is killing me.
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When does AppleTV get the redesign treatment? It sorely needs it! Talk about ugly.

I suspect it will get the iOS 7 make over soon enough. After running iOS7 since it came out I now find the same reaction to iOS 6 you do to the Apple TV. iOS7 seemed barebones at first, now if feels normal and iOS 6 looks cartoon like to me.

Meanwhile I look forward to the day when those of us who have internet only, i.e. no account for HD TV with a cable company, can use these new channels. Fat lot of good they are when most still require verification of such an account. It is like owning a Tesla but being told you can only use it if you still buy $100 worth of gas a week even though you don't need it!
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There should be a method of choosing which of the channels you want as I for one have no interest in the majority of them. I use it for movie rentals and photos, that's basically it, and its great for that.
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There should be a method of choosing which of the channels you want as I for one have no interest in the majority of them. I use it for movie rentals and photos, that's basically it, and its great for that.


You can hide the ones you don't use under parental control.  Why under parental controls?  Good question. But you can nonetheless do what you want.

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Tuesday's update also arrives amidst rumors that Apple is in the process of negotiating directly with content providers for a new product category that may be a realization of the company's long-rumored television set.

Why does everyone do this? Why do you hear hoof steps and think zebra?

Maybe this is about Steve's simple interface. IN THE LITTLE BLACK BOX

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I wish they would enable a single sign-on via itunes so I don't have to juggle 11ty accounts for app access.

 

iCloud Keychain?

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Agreed. Not sure how many more apps they can keep adding before it starts to get too cluttered. It's already getting large to scroll through as is. 

Agreed plus those icons are ugly. Just use the same iOS ones. And give us the same moving them, 'boxing' them as a mobile device.

And yes yes to your Remote idea

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These changes are USA-only I guess? I don't see any changes on my AppleTV here.

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When does AppleTV get the redesign treatment? It sorely needs it! Talk about ugly.

I have to agree with this (although 'ugly' is a ridiculous overstatement).

 

Time for a major redo. Also, as the list grows, allow me to delete or make disappear the icons I don't wish to see.

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I suspect it will get the iOS 7 make over soon enough. After running iOS7 since it came out I now find the same reaction to iOS 6 you do to the Apple TV. iOS7 seemed barebones at first, now if feels normal and iOS 6 looks cartoon like to me.

Meanwhile I look forward to the day when those of us who have internet only, i.e. no account for HD TV with a cable company, can use these new channels. Fat lot of good they are when most still require verification of such an account. It is like owning a Tesla but being told you can only use it if you still buy $100 worth of gas a week even though you don't need it!
I can't wait until the day that all of Apple's software interfaces have a cohesive design language. I don't doubt that's the ultimate goal but it is a bit jarring to see some of the inconsistencies right now.
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Do you need cable subscription to access those channels?

Yep. Totally got to change one day soon .... I, like many am internet only and this is like having to put a horse on your Tesla to get it to move! I have to think Apple are working away behind the scenes to allow a direct fee system via the iTunes Store to get these apps working without a f****g contract with a cable company.
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I have to agree with this (although 'ugly' is a ridiculous overstatement).

Time for a major redo. Also, as the list grows, allow me to delete or make disappear the icons I don't wish to see.
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I think you can hide apps in settings > parental controls.
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I can't wait until the day that all of Apple's software interfaces have a cohesive design language. I don't doubt that's the ultimate goal but it is a bit jarring to see some of the inconsistencies right now.

Yes, when you use all the devices Apple make as so many of us do, there definitely should be a look of uniformity across them all. I am pretty confident that will happen over the next year or so as they all get Jony's touch. I get a shock on iOS 7 when I launch Find my Friends ... seeing 3D leather stitching is very weird in the setting of iOS 7! (My caveat is retaining the likes of Logic Pro X's realistic look which is totally OK, which IMHO looks and works great, it's all about the 'need').
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The Apple TV UI is consistently creeping towards unwieldiness.
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Wish they would add the BBC news App, common on many web enabled TV. Is a very good app, and a great way to see 'unbiased' news in just a few minutes

 

unbiased???? The BBC is terribly biased. They just hide it well. It's not what they say, so much as what they don't say. IMO it's the scummiest news org after AlJazeera and Russia Today.

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The Apple TV UI is consistently creeping towards unwieldiness.

Agreed, I think there is a major UI redesign on the way ...
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I feel like I'm now getting advertising on my ATV with all this bloatware w crappy looking apps. We should be able to delete the ones we'll never use or at least hide them. It's looking hideous. 

 
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unbiased???? The BBC is terribly biased. They just hide it well. It's not what they say, so much as what they don't say. IMO it's the scummiest news org after AlJazeera and Russia Today.

BBC is way better than either CNN or NBC. 

 
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unbiased???? The BBC is terribly biased. They just hide it well. It's not what they say, so much as what they don't say. IMO it's the scummiest news org after AlJazeera and Russia Today.

What a total load of rubbish. I continually find the BBC web site has breaking news about what's happening here in the USA long before CNN et al. Of course I flip between many news outlets but the BBC has an amazing set of in depth sub sections that rival many dedicated web sites in various fields. The science and tech sections are extremely good for example. It isn't all about politics you know ... or shouldn't be.

My guess is you don't like it precisely because it doesn't put a slant on things the way you'd prefer. That is a reflection of the viewer not the source.
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unbiased???? The BBC is terribly biased. They just hide it well. It's not what they say, so much as what they don't say. IMO it's the scummiest news org after AlJazeera and Russia Today.

I am not even talking about BBC news in general, I am talking about the BBC news headlines app that appears on many web TV's including samsung. 

According to your little rant, BBC must be more biased than the US FOX news network - sorry but that oversight further reduces your credibility. BBC news in general may indeed be biased, but its almost certainly one of the least biased, and most trusted news organizations in the world. 

Now - no need to further derail this thread.

More APPS are good, making the Apple TV more useful, but it will require a cleaner UI and proper way of hiding APPS you don't like very soon.

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I feel like I'm now getting advertising on my ATV with all this bloatware w crappy looking apps. We should be able to delete the ones we'll never use or at least hide them. It's looking hideous. 

That's an excellent point, we should be able to design our own home screen to show what we like. We can of course reorganize it now but I'm not aware of a way to hide things we have no interest in. I could have missed that, please enlighten me if there is. I also like Netflix's new 'Who is watching?' approach, that is a great idea Apple should look at as each family member could custom design their own interface assuming hiding was available.
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Yes, when you use all the devices Apple make as so many of us do, there definitely should be a look of uniformity across them all. I am pretty confident that will happen over the next year or so as they all get Jony's touch. I get a shock on iOS 7 when I launch Find my Friends ... seeing 3D leather stitching is very weird in the setting of iOS 7! (My caveat is retaining the likes of Logic Pro X's realistic look which is totally OK, which IMHO looks and works great, it's all about the 'need').
Yeah I hope he's given free reign to make changes across the board. When the new iCloud beta went up the first thing people noticed is how out of place the iWork icons looked. You could say the same thing on Apple's new support page which still shows off iOS 6 style icons. I'm hoping once iOS 7 ships these things will get updated.
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What a total load of rubbish. I continually find the BBC web site has breaking news about what's happening here in the USA long before CNN et al. Of course I flip between many news outlets but the BBC has an amazing set of in depth sub sections that rival many dedicated web sites in various fields. The science and tech sections are extremely good for example. It isn't all about politics you know ... or shouldn't be.

My guess is you don't like it precisely because it doesn't put a slant on things the way you'd prefer. That is a reflection of the viewer not the source.

 

That's where it is so dangerous. It does an amazing job of presenting itself as a wonderful unbiased news source. However it is massively socialist centric, anti capitalist, anti american, and I would also accuse them of anti semitism.

 

Much of the stuff it broadcasts is amazing (such as their documentaries), but it is the gift which hides a darker side to the corrupt organisation. An organisation which forces the UK public to pay for it against their will. It's socialist centric slant comes from the way with which it is funded, it is biased by nature.

 

Plus it is riddled with pedofiles! 

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Will we probably get another update soon with itunes radio coming in ios7

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I continually find the BBC web site has breaking news about what's happening here in the USA long before CNN et al. Of course I flip between many news outlets but the BBC has an amazing set of in depth sub sections that rival many dedicated web sites in various fields. The science and tech sections are extremely good for example. It isn't all about politics you know ... or shouldn't be.

My guess is you don't like it precisely because it doesn't put a slant on things the way you'd prefer. That is a reflection of the viewer not the source.

Spot on! As a matter of fact, you're shining today, in this thread. And this post stands out even more. Hats off to you sir.
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I just looked at the new apps.  First, the Disney apps are nice and I'm sure my daughter will appreciate them.  But they do not make available all episodes for a given show.  I notice that my daughter's favorite show "Jessie" only has a handful of all of the available content, versus Netflix which has all the back episodes.  Second, it's nice to be able to get a live feed of the real Disney channel (or Disney XD) as an option to watch.  I'm sure we'll see more of this going forward.  The only real problem is that there is no DVR (pause, rewind, ff, resume) function.

 

I agree with the single sign on bit.  If we're going to continue to be tethered to cable companies in this new model, the least they could do is link their customers and programming data with Apple.  That way, what channels you currently are paying for would automatically have proper authorization for any applicable apps.

 

I wonder if watching these cable company authorized apps counts against my monthly data caps? (we have them where I live)

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You can hide unwanted apps from the listing.  Turn on parental controls and you can choose to hide an app.

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What a total load of rubbish. I continually find the BBC web site has breaking news about what's happening here in the USA long before CNN et al. Of course I flip between many news outlets but the BBC has an amazing set of in depth sub sections that rival many dedicated web sites in various fields. The science and tech sections are extremely good for example. It isn't all about politics you know ... or shouldn't be.

My guess is you don't like it precisely because it doesn't put a slant on things the way you'd prefer. That is a reflection of the viewer not the source.

 

That's where it is so dangerous. It does an amazing job of presenting itself as a wonderful unbiased news source. However it is massively socialist centric, anti capitalist, anti american, and I would also accuse them of anti semitism.

 

Much of the stuff it broadcasts is amazing (such as their documentaries), but it is the gift which hides a darker side to the corrupt organisation. An organisation which forces the UK public to pay for it against their will. It's socialist centric slant comes from the way with which it is funded, it is biased by nature.

 

I have been privy to indepth information which the BBC has broadcast, and I know for a fact that the BBC has been efficient with the truth, because on a few occasions the BBC was reporting on things I have been deeply involved in!

 

Plus it is riddled with pedofiles! 

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When does AppleTV get the redesign treatment? It sorely needs it! Talk about ugly.

Something as simple as allowing the enduser to scale and reorder the icons would be a huge step. I don't need such massive buttons on 65" or bigger displays.
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That's where it is so dangerous. It does an amazing job of presenting itself as a wonderful unbiased news source. However it is massively socialist centric, anti capitalist, anti american, and I would also accuse them of anti semitism.

 

I don't know how much research you've done into BBC News bias. However, researchers at the University of Cardiff certainly disagree with you.

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That's where it is so dangerous. It does an amazing job of presenting itself as a wonderful unbiased news source. However it is massively socialist centric, anti capitalist, anti american, and I would also accuse them of anti semitism.

 

Much of the stuff it broadcasts is amazing (such as their documentaries), but it is the gift which hides a darker side to the corrupt organisation. An organisation which forces the UK public to pay for it against their will. It's socialist centric slant comes from the way with which it is funded, it is biased by nature.

 

Plus it is riddled with pedofiles! 

not sure it contains a lot of files about feet, but it certainly was a haven for some pedophiles. Not exactly riddled though.

As an ex-pat living many years in the USA, and someone who watches the APP (ok on a samsung TV, shame on me) i insist that it is in no way anti american. The coverage is wide, and accurate. Now I also read daily the BBC web site- and comparing that to LA times, Huffington post, NY times, as well sometimes as Al-J, its simply not particularly biased.

As for its funding, that IS the reason it doesn't have to be biased, unlike Faux News, which relies heavily on advertising for its revenue - (anyone fancy Pappa Johns Pizza for lunch today?)

You made your point - several times, please leave the thread to get back on its tracks

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If they can add live sports (NFL and College Football) along with apps for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW and a couple other I would be to the point where I would just split the cost of a cable subscription with a friend. They can have the hardware and all that and I'll just use all the digital stuff. People already do it with Netflix since the value of their streaming service is getting to be pretty low so sharing cable subscriptions isn't that far down the line...
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