Apple updated its Apple TV and added several new apps to the Apple TV, including the previously reported Vevo music video channel. Other new apps include a dedicated app for The Weather Channel, an app for the Smithsonian Channel, together with two Disney television apps: Disney Channel and Disney XD.
Apple TV is a tiny entertainment powerhouse that plays the content you love from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, YouTube, and your favorite sports on your widescreen TV. At $99, Apple TV provides you with 1080p HD videos.
Detailed Features of the Added Apps
Vevo is a major feature of this update, granting Apple TV viewers access to Vevo’s library of 75,000 HD music videos, its exclusive original programming, and live concert performances, as well as to Vevo TV, a broadcast-style 24-7 channel. Vevo is the third most-watched video site in the US, according to ComScore figures from March, with 52 million viewers — one-third as many as Google/YouTube, and somewhat behind Facebook. Vevo on Apple TV is available in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Poland.
Vevo has issued a press release announcing its arrival on the Apple TV, noting that it brings access to the site’s library of 75,000 music videos.
The Weather Channel app offers current conditions and forecasts for a variety of locations, as well as access to featured stories and Weather Channel shows.
The Smithsonian Channel offers on-demand access to streams of full episodes from the television channel, while the Disney Channel and Disney XD apps offer live and on-demand access with authentication through select television providers. Currently supported providers for the Disney apps include AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, and Verizon FiOS.
The Apple TV update also came with rumor that Apple is planning a new product line which could be the long-rumored television set. According to sources Apple has found little success in negotiations with cable providers, prompting the company to turn to the content providers themselves. To be added, it was said the supposed product is likely to include some sort of enhanced control functionality.
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