Skip to content
Thoughtful, detailed coverage of everything Apple for 29 years
and the TidBITS Content Network for Apple professionals

Category: Apple TV

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple TV Updated to 7.0, Includes Beats Music

The third-generation Apple TV has been updated with a sleek new look and the introduction of Apple’s recently acquired Beats Music service.

Josh Centers 1 comment

The NFL Arrives on Apple TV

The NFL is now available on the Apple TV, and it’s mostly free. Unfortunately, it may not be what you’ve been hoping for.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple TV Finally Gets Netflix Post-Play

Nearly two years after the feature was unveiled, Netflix on the Apple TV gains Post-Play, which automatically plays the next TV episode after the one you’re watching ends. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how it works.

Josh Centers No comments

Josh Centers Discusses Gmail and Apple TV on The Tech Night Owl

TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Gene Steinberg on The Tech Night Owl podcast to explain why he uses Gmail, and what Apple will need to do to keep the Apple TV competitive.

Josh Centers 4 comments

iTunes Extras Finally Come to Apple TV

Owners of the second- and third-generation Apple TV can finally access iTunes Extras in their living rooms. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how it works.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple TV Falling Behind Chromecast and Roku in the U.S.

According to a new report by Parks Associates, Google sold 3.8 million Chromecast devices in the United States in 2013, Roku sold about the same number of its streaming boxes, and Apple sold only about 2 million Apple TVs. However, globally, over 20 million Apple TVs have been sold in total, while Roku has only sold 8 million.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple TV Gains ABC News, PBS Kids, Redesigned Flickr, and More

The Apple TV has gained four new channels: ABC News, PBS Kids, AOL On, and Willow TV. Unlike the Watch ABC app, which requires a cable or satellite subscription, the ABC News app is free to all. PBS Kids is free, but requires online activation. AOL On is also free, but the Willow TV app, which features live cricket broadcasts, costs $15 a month. Finally, the Flickr app has been redesigned to allow account logins and offer vastly better photo discovery.

Josh Centers No comments

The Apple TV as HomeKit’s Hub

HomeKit in iOS 8 promises to unify all of your connected home devices, but how would you control them while away from home? Christopher Breen of Macworld suggests that the Apple TV might be the home gateway to HomeKit, with an upgraded model serving as a smart hub for home automation.

Josh Centers No comments

Look Out, Xbox and PlayStation, Here Comes Apple TV

We’ve often suggested that a revised Apple TV could be a competitive gaming device, and Ben Thompson of Stratechery agrees. He makes the point that while game consoles were a good deal in the 1980s, when personal computers were much more expensive, the price of consoles has risen as the price of PCs has plummeted. He also argues that Apple could revise a gaming-capable Apple TV annually, outpacing traditional game consoles, which typically have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Fire Watch with Me: Amazon Fire TV vs. Apple TV

“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers spent two weeks with Amazon’s Fire TV as his only living room device. Here’s his take on how it compares to the Apple TV.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Josh Centers Talks Apple TV to the Northwest of Us User Group

TidBITS Managing Editor and “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers was invited to speak to the Chicago-area user group The Northwest of Us. In this in-depth recorded session, Josh discussed some reasons why Apple users should consider the Apple TV, took audience questions, and speculated about the future of Apple TV.

Josh Centers No comments

Josh Centers Talks Apple TV, WWDC on Ask TUAW Live

Josh Centers swapped between his “Take Control of Apple TV” author and TidBITS managing editor hats while joining hosts Shawn “Doc” Boyd and Kelly Guimont on the Ask TUAW Live podcast to discuss what’s next for Apple TV, what Apple will announce at WWDC, the TidBITS workflow, and security tips.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Amazon Fire TV Turns Up the Heat on Apple TV

Amazon has released its long-rumored challenger to the Apple TV, and it’s a doozy. Josh Centers, author of “Take Control of Apple TV,” gives the rundown on how it stacks up.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Apple TV 6.1 and Remote 4.2 Bring Welcome Interface Improvements

The latest Apple TV update makes it easier to hide apps, and an update to Remote adds controls for iTunes Radio and purchased iTunes content. Josh Centers, author of “Take Control of Apple TV,” has the details.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Apple Updates iOS and Apple TV to Fix Critical SSL Security Bug

Apple has released a fix for a long-standing critical security vulnerability in iOS and Apple TV, but Mac OS X remains vulnerable.