Apple TV shows

Apple has been slowly easing into the world of original television programming over the past few months, hiring a couple of executives from Sony TV and setting up meetings all over town to hear pitches from content creators. But now we know a bit more about their plans, and it seems as if an early report that claimed they were on the hunt for shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad was off the mark. A new report indicates that Apple doesn’t want shows with nudity, violence, or foul language, because they’re looking to appeal to the broadest possible audience.
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Apple TV 4K

This morning, at an event taking place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, the company announced that the new generation of Apple TV will be capable of streaming 4K and HDR content (HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which translates into superior brightness/darkness in the images on the screen). That much was expected – it had been rumored for a while – but there was a surprising piece of info tacked on to that announcement. Apple also explained that if you’ve purchased eligible movies in HD, they’ll automatically be upgraded to 4K HDR for free.
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Apple TV 4K movies

A few weeks ago, we wrote about how Apple recently entered discussions with movie studios to make major Hollywood releases available for home video rental only two weeks after they debut theatrically. If they get their way, those rentals will be available at somewhere between $30 and $50 depending on the size of the release window, but now it appears that Apple is butting heads with the studios over a different topic: the price point for 4K movies on Apple TV.
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Apple television

After the iPod, iPhone, iPad and iWatch, everyone was expecting o see Apple’s iTV. In his biography, Steve Jobs revealed the company was secretly working on a brand new Apple television set that would revolutionize how we watch TV. Tim Cook has since reiterated that idea, so every time the company announced a keynote, the question arose. “Will Apple reveal their TV set?” And while the rumors of the device’s existence have persisted, there hasn’t been more than a peep of anything official. Now we know why.

Turns out Apple was developing a television set, but abandoned those plans over a year ago because they couldn’t come up with anything revolutionary enough. Read more about the Apple Television set below. Read More »

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Two more actors have been rumored for roles in Star Wars Episode VII and one of them is literally named “Solo.” Read who they are, as well the following, after the jump.

  • A casting call in New York is looking for three leads in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • An internal Toys R Us memo offers up a logo and strategy for the new Star Wars trilogy.
  • New episodes of The Clone Wars, as well as Episode VII featurettes, might be exclusively released on Apple devices.
  • Drew Struzan (above) might have turned down the opportunity to do the poster for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A fire was reported at the Skywalker Ranch.

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UPDATE: After posting this article, the original source changed their story and said Apple will not be having an even in March. The original article follows with update at the end.

When a company changes technology and culture more than once, with devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, insurmoutable expectations for further innovations are bound to develop. For years, rumors have suggested that the next big revolution from Apple would be some sort of interactive television. Yet every single time a new device is improved or announced, the mythic Apple television is nowhere to be found.

That might change next month. The latest reports say Apple is planning an event to reveal 42 and 55 inch TVs that’ll be out this fall. There’s more below. Read More »

Streaming content is all the rage this days and there’s plenty of tasty news about it today. After the jump read about the following:

  • Troma Entertainment has about 150 of their repertory films available on YouTube, for free – including Cannibal The Musical (above).
  • EPIX has partnered with Amazon to allow 3000 new movies to stream on their service.
  • The EPIX/Amazon deal has already changed the value of Netflix‘s stock.
  • Hulu is not available on Apple TV in Japan.
  • BBC iPlayer now allows for mobile downloads of BBC content – to users in the UK.

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