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Finding Clues to the Next Apple TV in iOS 9

“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers hasn’t given up hope on the device yet. He explains why the Apple TV isn’t dead, reveals clues about the upcoming model, and weighs in on whether you should buy one now or wait for a new model.

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Josh Centers Looks Ahead to Apple TV on the Tech Night Owl Live

After spending a month with the Apple Watch, Managing Editor Josh Centers joined Tech Night Owl host Gene Steinberg to discuss his experience with it, as well as what he’s expecting from the rumored Apple TV update. Josh also discusses market interest in 4K television and his brief experience with AOL.

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YouTube Drops the Second-Generation Apple TV

If you use a second-generation Apple TV, be aware that Google has dropped support for its built-in YouTube channel. Google overhauled the channel on third-generation Apple TVs last year, but the second-generation model has been effectively abandoned by Apple. However, the old YouTube channel was never great, and as I advised in “Take Control of Apple TV,” a better option is to use AirPlay to broadcast YouTube content from an iOS device.

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Apple Announces HBO Partnership, Cheaper Apple TV

Apple had no new Apple TV hardware to offer at today’s “Spring Forward” event, but it’s dropping the price of the existing model and partnering with HBO for a new service that will make cord cutters cheer.

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Apple Releases OS X 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3, and Apple TV 7.0.3

Apple has updated all three of its major platforms to fix outstanding bugs and security issues.

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Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1, and Apple TV 7.0.2

Apple has updated all three of its major platforms for increased reliability and security.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.