Television

Comcast identifies Apple as threat when defending Time Warner merger

Comcast is lobbying hard to get the FCC to approve their desired merger with Time Warner, and they're citing Apple as a threat to their business that would justify such a merger. Today they published a public interest statement to justify the merger to the public (a public that looks with great mistrust on both companies, let alone a combined entity), saying that Apple is exploring "development of an Apple set-top box."

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Official NBC app adds AirPlay mirroring

For some time now the NBC app for iOS has allowed you to watch the latest shows from the peacock network, but now it's been updated to support AirPlay. Now you can watch your TV on your TV as TV is meant to be watched — except by using your iPhone or iPad via an Apple TV as a source.

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TVCatchup mobile apps losing channels following legal action

TVCatchup has been a favorite among UK iPhone owners for many a year, offering a free way to watch domestic television on the go. Sadly, the TV providers haven't all been fans of the service, and following legal proceedings some changes are now to be made to the TVCatchup offering.

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Apple said to be negotiating with content providers for possible TV delivery service

It appears that Apple may currently be in negotiations with several content providers for a new TV delivery service, one that would go around cable companies to provide content directly to customers. Negotiations with cable providers seem to be at a stand-still, Apple is looking at other avenues to expand its presence in the living room.

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Time Warner Cable to allow customers to stream select channels anywhere through iOS apps

Time Warner Cable will soon allow users to stream live television while away from their home. Time Warner Cable currently lets customers stream programs from select channels while on their own home network, but that is set to change starting 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning as channels like BBC America and the Big Ten Network will be available while on the go, according to a comapny spokesperson

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Xbox SmartGlass now available for iPhone and iPad

Microsoft's companion app for the Xbox 360 is now live for iOS, allowing users to remotely control the gaming console, view related content, type out messages, and otherwise complement everything you'd normally just do with the hardware controller.

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Apple reportedly in talks with cable companies regarding live TV for Apple set-top box

Aside from a full-on Apple television, one of the longest running rumors in Apple living-room land is a deal with cable companies and/or broadcast networks for the right to air traditional cable programming on an Apple TV or similar set-top box. However, television is notoriously myopic and future-averse, and Apple has previously sought to disrupt rather than engage their business. But that might be changing.

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Apple rumored to show off iTV operating system at WWDC

We've been hearing an awful lot about Apple making their own TV set lately, and we may get a glance at the operating system that will be powering it next week at the Worldwide Developer Conference. Details are scarce, but apparently the iTV OS will include a control out API for accessory manufacturers and other third parties, which could quickly turn an Apple-made television into the connected hub for your home.

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Steve Jobs tried to land Apple TV deal with CBS, Les Moonves declined

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves mentioned in an interview recently that Steve Jobs had approached him about syndicating television content on Apple TV. Jobs pitched the partnership as a subscription service, but there aren't many details beyond that. Moonves shot down Jobs, citing concerns about disrupting the traditional CBS revenue stream. Specifically, Moonves said "You know more than me about 99 percent of things but I know more about the television business."

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Rumor: 50-inch Apple television already in Jonathan Ive's design lab

USA Today, based on sources who have previously worked at Apple, is contributing some more information to the increasingly large Apple Television rumor pile.

Apple is said to be looking at a 42-inch or larger LCD TV with built-in Wi-Fi. Inside the locked-down studio of Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, there's a slick 50-inch TV, according to the source who worked at Apple.

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