Apple announces 20M Apple TVs sold since debut

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited April 2014
As the tail end of Apple's quarterly conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook threw out a somewhat surprising statistic, saying the company has sold some 20 million Apple TV units since the unit launched in 2007.

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Answering a question from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster regarding Amazon's recent get of HBO content for Fire TV, Cook said Apple has now sold 20 million Apple TVs.

During Apple's February shareholder meeting, Cook said he would stop calling the product a "hobby" and the ballooning sales numbers are likely part of that decision.

"The reason that I stripped off the 'hobby label' is that when you look at the sales of the Apple TV box itself and you look at content that was bought directly off the Apple TV, for 2013 that number was over a billion dollars," Cook said. "So it didn't feel right to me to call something that's over a billion a 'hobby.'"

As for the content wars currently underway between Apple, Amazon and Google, Cook said he doesn't have a personal view as far as Amazon's latest announcement of HBO Go availability. He did note that Apple TV has long had HBO shows -- since June 2013 -- while Amazon is just now receiving "older content."

Amazon released its Fire TV set-top streamer earlier in April without HBO support, a glaring deficiency for many would-be buyers.
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  • Reply 1 of 24
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member
    pace seems to be about 6-7 millions per year.
  • Reply 2 of 24
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,198member
    Seems low since they claimed 1 billion of revenue from it last year alone. But that included revenue from content bought on the Apple TV afaik.

    They could sell about 5 times more with an App Store
  • Reply 3 of 24
    bugsnwbugsnw Posts: 708member
    App Store.....yes. I could watch the .99 cent movie of the week, Don Jon, and play Words With Friends simultaneously.
  • Reply 4 of 24
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    asdasd wrote: »
    Seems low since they claimed 1 billion of revenue from it last year alone. But that included revenue from content bought on the Apple TV afaik.

    They could sell about 5 times more with an App Store

    1) The numbers seem low for all the Apple TV models. Based on this Wikipedia page it looks closer to 30 million units if we assume the $1 billion in Apple TV revenue refers only to unit sales, and not from revenue gained from giving others a "channel" on the Apple TV home page or any rentals and purchases that may have been through the device, which we both believe is not the case.

    2) I agree that an App Store would be great but I think this not easy because there needs to be better HW and unification between the TV set/monitor as well as the controller. Until both of these are reasonably ironed out I think any App Store will be as "Meh." as the current "channels" that annoyingly pop up every other week.
  • Reply 5 of 24
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,385member

    I bought an ATV for my 73 year-old mom.  Completely tech-illiterate.  She used to buy a couple DVD's every week at Costco.  She has countless of viewed-once DVD's in her house.  It's overwhelming.  At first she was hesitant and didn't understand "renting/streaming" content from ATV without a physical DVD, but now she is hooked on renting movies on iTunes and Netflix.



    So yes, perhaps 20 million units may seem low compared to Apple's other products, but people (like my mom) that wouldn't normally have any need for a PC, Apple is making a killing from her from iTunes.  This is another gateway drug to get into people's homes.



    ATV is an incredible device! 

  • Reply 6 of 24
    Do we really need an app store given that we can been apps from our iPads over to it?
  • Reply 7 of 24
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member
    So release a new one already.
  • Reply 8 of 24
    tzterritzterri Posts: 96member
    So glad I didn't sell my Apple stock yesterday. :)
  • Reply 9 of 24
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,264member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post



    1) The numbers seem low for all the Apple TV models. Based on this Wikipedia page it looks closer to 30 million units if we assume the $1 billion in Apple TV revenue refers only to unit sales, and not from revenue gained from giving others a "channel" on the Apple TV home page or any rentals and purchases that may have been through the device, which we both believe is not the case.

     

    "Reason that I stripped off hobby label, when you look at sales of the Apple TV box itself, and the content that was bought directly off Apple TV, for 2013, that number was over $1 billion." — Tim Cook, today

  • Reply 10 of 24
    buckalecbuckalec Posts: 192member

    With regards content carriage deals in the cable industry  - 20 million plus (subs) is starting to look very interesting. The tide will turn - and quality content channels/providers will be eager for the distribution channel.

  • Reply 11 of 24
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,195moderator
    snova wrote: »
    pace seems to be about 6-7 millions per year.

    The last announcement was 11 months ago:

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/05/28/cook-apple-sold-over-6-million-apple-tvs-in-2012

    6m units in 2012 and 13m total so that's 7m in the last 11 months. Not huge growth but it's growth at least. These aren't going to have a yearly upgrade cycle.

    This actually lets us figure out how much they make from content per user too because $1b for 7m units means $693m hardware, $1b content / 7m = ~$143 per user per year. If 70% goes to content providers, they get $43.

    A TV set with a 7 year upgrade cycle at $999 and Apple TV box upgraded every 3 years:

    ($999 x 2 + 7 x $43 per buyer) x 20m buyers in a year = $46b
    ($99 x 3 + 7 x $43) x 76m buyers per year = $46b

    To make the same revenue from the box, they need to sell just under 4x as many units as a TV set. That still kinda seems like the better option at the low price point and is fairly non-commital. I could see them ramping up to 20m TVs faster than 76m boxes though at this rate.

    The TV must be the next category of product they want to tackle. There's no money in wearables, certainly not $46b. 20m units per year is what Sony sells. 4K laminated panels, OLED, internet streaming, they can put the Apple TV in the plug or inline with it to allow for easy upgrades, fancy remote, overhauled UI. Maybe they want to wait until they can get Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI 2 or something.
  • Reply 12 of 24
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    There's no money in wearables, certainly not $42b.

    The shoes, clothing and jewerely markets (which includes watches) is huge. Hundreds of billions per year!
  • Reply 13 of 24
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,558member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    The clothing and jewerely markets (which includes watches) is huge. Hundreds of billions per year!

     

    Jewelry, health and sports monitoring devices...why they're just getting started. :D

  • Reply 14 of 24
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Marvin View Post

     
     There's no money in wearables, certainly not $46b. 


    I bet the said the same thing about Personal Computers, MP3 Players, Smart Phones and Tablets before Apple got into the market. 

  • Reply 15 of 24
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,972member
    buckalec wrote: »
    With regards content carriage deals in the cable industry  - 20 million plus (subs) is starting to look very interesting. The tide will turn - and quality content channels/providers will be eager for the distribution channel.

    When you consider that 20 million is the worldwide number it isn't as interesting as you think it is. Still definitely impressive, but not a number that gives them much negotiating power.
  • Reply 16 of 24
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    dasanman69 wrote: »
    When you consider that 20 million is the worldwide number it isn't as interesting as you think it is. Still definitely impressive, but not a number that gives them much negotiating power.

    And that's over 7 years.
  • Reply 17 of 24
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post

     
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by buckalec View Post



    With regards content carriage deals in the cable industry  - 20 million plus (subs) is starting to look very interesting. The tide will turn - and quality content channels/providers will be eager for the distribution channel.




    When you consider that 20 million is the worldwide number it isn't as interesting as you think it is. Still definitely impressive, but not a number that gives them much negotiating power.

    do they sell them World Wide? I though it was a limited market due to content provider restrictions.

  • Reply 18 of 24
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,972member
    snova wrote: »
    do they sell them World Wide? I though it was a limited market due to content provider restrictions.


    Though it's a list of what content can one buy or rent from the iTunes Store I don't think they'd include a country if the Apple TV wasn't available for purchase.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3069

    Note of interest: check out South Korea
  • Reply 19 of 24
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    dasanman69 wrote: »
    Though it's a list of what content can one buy or rent from the iTunes Store I don't think they'd include a country if the Apple TV wasn't available for purchase.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3069

    Note of interest: check out South Korea

    I'm only seeing 3 countries where you can buy and rent TV shows and movies, and buy music: US, UK, and Australia. Oddly, with the 1st generation Apple TV there were more countries that you could buy TV shows.

    Anyway, I see your point but from the cable company's PoV the rest of the world doesn't matter, only what they think Apple can do for them in the US. The big question is will Apple want to work with a regional cable company in a particular country. I think they will just as they work with regional cellular companies in a country even though the HW usually requires no change which I'm not sure is the case with cable companies.
  • Reply 20 of 24
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,972member
    solipsismx wrote: »
    I'm only seeing 3 countries where you can buy and rent TV shows and movies, and buy music: US, UK, and Australia. Oddly, with the 1st generation Apple TV there were more countries that you could buy TV shows.

    Anyway, I see your point but from the cable company's PoV the rest of the world doesn't matter, only what they think Apple can do for them in the US. The big question is will Apple want to work with a regional cable company in a particular country. I think they will just as they work with regional cellular companies in a country even though the HW usually requires no change which I'm not sure is the case with cable companies.

    You're a well traveled man, so do you know what the cable co situation is in other countries? Is it like the US with multiple companies that each control a certain region, one company for the whole country, or one network accessed by competing companies?
    Apple might have better luck securing content rights outside the US.
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