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Monday Humor: The Pug that can’t stand the iPhone

Some animals just have no taste and this Pug is definitely one of them. Picture the scene; he is happily lying on his owner’s bed watching TV when a commercial comes on. The commercial is for the latest and greatest iPhone 4S but this Pug is having none of it. It sends him into a barking and growling frenzy, stamping his feet, gnashing his teeth, it really is a site to behold. As soon as the ad is finished, he settles down again and continues watching the TV.

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CBS turned down the chance of an Apple TV deal

Speaking on his company’s earnings call, CBS CEO Les Moonves said that CBS had turned down the Apple TV as a platform for its content. The revelation was revealed in response to a question about CBS’s appetite toward striking deals with new streaming providers that may not have the cash to pay up front for its content. Moonves claimed that CBS had turned down Apple and its Apple TV platform because the offer was based on an ad split revenue source.

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Rumor: Hulu Plus app ready and waiting for Apple TV, competitive worries causing its delay?

Apple already has a Hulu Plus app up and running on Apple TV but may be delaying its launch due to concerns it will compete with iTunes TV Show sales, according to 9to5Mac. Their sources claim the Hulu Plus for Apple TV is now feature complete and ready for release, and has supposedly been ready for release for over a month. The reason for the hold is thought to be political and not related to any technical issues.

While Apple TV 2 has had Netflix since launch, their content is mainly older, catalog shows, not the new releases that are more profitable for iTunes.

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DIRECTV for iPad updated, now offers in home streaming

DIRECTV has updated its iPad app and it now offers the ability to use your iPad as a portable TV. Before you get too excited, it can only work within the walls of your own home and does not offer any form of remote viewing access to your content. Of course it does a lot more than just in home streaming to the iPad. It also lets you search, record and control all your DIRECTV content from home or when you are away.

The latest update also adds a few other new features:-

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Elgato EyeTV Mobile now available for the iPad 2 [video]

Elgato has announced that its EyeTV Mobile DVB-T tuner is now available for the iPad 2. The EyeTV Mobile was announced back in August and is now beginning to ship. The tuner clips into the 30 pin dock connector on the iPad 2 and comes complete with a telescopic aerial. The tuner is a DVB-T freeview tuner which is geared towards the European market.

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TiPb Asks: Are your TV and movie apps working with iOS 5 AirPlay Mirroring?

While we haven't had time to test all of them, but off the bat we're getting mixed results with AirPlay Mirroring of iPad 2 TV and movie apps. CityTV wouldn't work -- it cited contractual obligations. CTV did work and so did Global. Crackle was buggy. We're trying more now.

Some TV and movie apps use Apple's built in media controls so AirPlay works automagically. Others... have opted out. We were kind of hoping AirPlay Mirroring would let us work around it. Maybe it will. Or maybe Hollywood will update to shut it out of more apps. We shall see.

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GetGlue update brings new UI and better social check-in integration

GetGlue, the social network for checking into your favorite TV shows, movies and music, has just updated their iPhone and iPad app to version 2.5.2 bringing all new features and a revamped UI to let users check-in to their favorite TV shows just in time for the Fall TV season!

Check-in to what you are watching, reading and listening to. Connect with friends, discover new favorites, and unlock FREE stickers and discounts. Join more than 1.5 million other users who are sharing 9 million check-ins per month.

  • Interesting Conversations: See your friends and everyone else's conversations about shows you watch - in real-time!
  • Friend Leaderboards: Who is the biggest fan? Check out the leader board to see how you stack up against your friends.
  • New Check-in Flow: Check-in faster and get more out of every check-in - stats, friends, specials, and of course, stickers!

GetGlue is available for free for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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TNT for iPad now available

TNT has just released an iPad optimized version of its TNT app bringing with it full length TV episodes and movies.

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iPad equipped shopping trolleys arriving in the UK

Sainsburys and Sky TV have teamed up to create a new style shopping trolley which incorporates a tilting iPad holder and speakers. Sainsburys will be carrying out a trial of the high tech trolley in its supermarket (grocery store) in Kensington, West London.

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Elgato announces the EyeTV Mobile iPad 2 TV tuner

Well known Mac and PC TV tuner manufacturer Elgato will soon  be releasing a TV tuner made specifically for the iPad 2. The tuner will clip into the 30 pin dock connector on the iPad 2 and comes complete with a telescopic aerial. The tuner is a DVB-T freeview tuner which is geared towards the European market. The companion app will be available free from the App Store and will enable pausing and recording of live TV directly to your iPad 2.

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