7 signs Apple TV is changing television

“The future of television is apps – or something like them, and software developers are exploring possibilities with Apple TV,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “”

“If you live in India why shouldn’t you be able to watch US television? If you live in the US, why can’t you watch TV from Delhi? There isn’t really a good reason, and that’s why you should expect more services like YuppTV,” Evans writes. “South Asia’s largest OTT TV provider, YuppTV’s recently released Apple TV app offers live and catch-up television, thousands of on-demand Bollywood movies and local sports. That’s a significant contrast to the way things worked until relatively recently, when such access required expensive satellite connections. This inevitable future is already being explored by UK TV content producers working with Acorn TV, which recently offered up its own Apple TV app.”

“There are claims Apple intends launching its own streaming television service including its own content. With that in mind you’d expect its streaming partner, Akamai, to be jubilant,” Evans writes. “It isn’t, instead it warns that its business is going to shrink in the coming months. This suggests Apple intends [on] developing its own CDN to take the strain, and could mean the speculation is truth unfurling.”

More signs that Apple TV is changing television in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you don’t have a new Apple TV yet, get one today. It’s finally ready!

Plus, with the new third-party Apple TV app, Channels ($15), users can watch live TV through a SiliconDust HDHomeRun networked tuner. HDHomeRun receives video from any broadcast antenna and it connected to a Wi-Fi router. Using apps like Channels, users can stream live TV on various devices throughout Wi-Fi network.

Channels is only available via the new Apple TV App Store. Just search for “Channels” to find and download it.

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  1. Why would I buy that equipment to watch broadcast TV through wifi and Apple TV when I can just turn the channel on the TV?

    Now if someone made a video recording app (like TIVO) there would be some significant added value. Absent that, I’m not seeing it.

    1. Exactly what I was thinking. No DVR means DOA. It’s hard to believe that at some round table meeting with the executives of this company that no one had the wits to raise there hand and say, “If our customer has to provide their own antenna, then why can’t they just plug that antenna directly into the TV?”

      Okay, okay, I get it, this thing broadcasts to your entire network so that you can watch TV with your iPad on the patio or on the toilet (not my thing, I only watch TV laid and splayed out on a couch with a bunch of chips on my chest). I guess that’s it’s selling point, having networked broadcast TV. But still, the days of me scheduling my life around the time a show airs is long gone. It either streams on demand on my schedule, either over the internet or from a DVR, or it doesn’t get watched.

      What a colossal missed opportunity by HDHomeRun and/or Channels.

    2. You might not be aware how streaming service works. Content can be streamed any time and is stored on servers rather than your personal device. It makes local recording redundant. Have you ever watched shows on Netflix? You don’t have to watch them when everyone else is watching them. You can’t watch them before they load the show on the server but you can watch the shows anytime after. Network TV shows are not live but are delayed at least 3 seconds and would be loaded onto servers to be available anytime after that. You can watch them right away or later. Get it?

  2. People re-locate to countries far from their place of birth, but quite understandably want to stay in touch with their original culture. TV is a very effective way of doing that and media companies should abandon the old artificial geographical restrictions and operate as one global market.

    In the UK, you can see any number of houses with very large satellite dishes pointed in unusual directions. They are high gain systems for picking up the very weak fringes of satellite transmissions beamed to their home country thousands of miles away and the owners have spent quite a lot of money to make it possible. If there were a legitimate and simpler way to achieve the same thing, those people would certainly pay for it.

  3. I don’t understand why MDN is pushing this Channels app so hard. You pay $15 for the app, $149.99 for a 2-tuner HDHomeRun, you need an antenna capable of receiving OTA signals, which, if you have one, is likely already wired to your TVs, and/or a cable box. So, this device would eliminate the cable box. For which one pays about $4/mo I think. It would take 3 years to pay for the HDHomeRun with the savings on the cable box. Then you’re trading wired for wireless, which has to suffer a bit, no? All that wireless data running around your house? And for 2 tuners. Is there a limit on the number of devices that can be streamed to at one time? Just trying to understand the value proposition here.

      1. Still need cable if you’re interested in anything other than OTA broadcasts. That plus the fact that the cable providers are basically monopolies in their jurisdictions, and they bundle Internet access with TV access (and landline), such that if you drop any one of the three, your bill is almost more than it would have been had you not.

  4. I have the Amazon Fire Stick and 3 Apple TV3s. With Amazon Prime it all works great except Amazon’s missing iOS app. I did get an iPad Pro last week. I decided to save the $130 for LTE and get the wi-if only version. After a week, I’m taking it back for the LTE version. I won’t use LTE right away but my LTE Air and Mini have certainly spoiled me. Apple TV4, on the other hand, without an Apple or other alternative to cable really took me off the Apple train for TV. I’ll now be cutting the cord as intended…. Thanks to Amazon.

  5. I have the latest HDHomeRun Extend, a free HDHomeRun View add-on for Kodi, a $20 v1 Amazon Fire Stick and a roof antenna. Anyone can be in business for many years for well under $200. As for watching and listening to free movies and music channels, there doesn’t seem to be anything that can beat Kodi when used with all those hundreds of add-ons. People can definitely cut the heavy costs of cable channels if they don’t mind the hassle of fine-tuning Kodi for their specific needs.

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