Tag - TV
It's billed as being for making sport and movies sound great, but I can tell you now that it didn't help make the UK European Union referendum sound any better at all. You can't expect miracles, though, and the Kitsound Stadium 120 is far from the top end of TV soundbars that you can buy. Yet it did transform my television, and it did make it very hard to go back to watching anything without it.
It's been pointed out to us that this may be the only Mac technology podcast that comes out of the UK. Maybe the UK is just smaller than it seems to us as we sit here. If it's true, though, we do have a certain responsibility to be the best technology podcast possible and to podcastily cover technology.
Samsung is said to be in preliminary discussions with entertainment companies to deliver a live global television subscription service delivered over the Internet to its web-connected TVs, reports Bloomberg. If it is successful in putting together a package for its customers, it would potentially beat Apple to market with such a service. Apple had been considering a similar service, but has yet to find a way forward in delivering the content it wants to deliver, at a price that it believes customers will be willing to pay.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has continued his tour of India with a new television interview. Among his talking points with the show's host on India's NDTV, Cook made it clear how important the Indian market is to Apple, explaining that it is a top-five priority for the Cupertino-based company. In this latest interview, Cook also kept on point with the messages he has been reiterating throughout the week-long tour, which is that Apple is playing a long game with Asia generally, and is firmly committed to expanding its presence in the region.
Apple has produced another ad in its growing series of TV spots featuring the Siri vocal assistant feature found in iOS products. The latest is titled "Thank You Speech," and features How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris in a 30-second ad that shows off the "Hey Siri" feature -- in this case having Harris ask for a specific note, containing his thank-you award speech, to be read aloud. He then follows along with the recitation, holding a suit brush as a stand-in for the award he presumes he will get.
Dish has launched a new package as part of its Sling TV online streaming service, one that seemingly offers more than the existing base package. The second package, priced the same $20 rate as the original, is providing access to a number of channels from the Fox broadcast network alongside other channels already offered by the service, though this time Sling TV is introducing the option of viewing multiple streams from the package simultaneously.
There's an updated video app, and -- no, we can't do it. Listen, we're begging you: when you shoot video on your iPhone, do it with the phone in landscape. Do it for us. Do it for America. Do it for every time you've seen a member of the public get astonishing access to a major event, but they've shot in portrait -- so you just get a sliver of image, and the poor news TV show has to fill in four-fifths of the screen. We're on our knees. Landscape. Anyway. So there's this an updated video app, Vizmat 3.0.6, and it's worth your having a look.
Apple has confirmed that it will partner with TV executives Howard T. Owens and Ben Silverman, along with artist Will.i.am on a documentary series that explores the "app economy" of developers and markets created by Apple and expanded by rivals. Although this is the first confirmed report of Apple's involvement in a video series, the company is also said to be helping develop a mini-series featuring Apple executive Dr. Dre that will feature the company's streaming Apple Music service.
Usually you can't readily separate Netflix, the service, from Netflix, the apps that you use to watch it on but we can now because only one of those has changed. The service is as it was, give or take various films and shows that it's gained and lost rights for, but the iOS app is now Netflix 8.0.0 and the improvements since the last version could've been made specifically to address our criticisms of how it works on the iPad Pro.
Supporting rumors that Apple was at one time hoping to offer its own low-priced package of TV channels that would not require a cable TV subscription, ESPN President John Skipper has revealed that his network is still working with Apple on trying to create "a great television experience" but has been "frustrated" by its inability to secure deals with networks and content creators. He told the Wall Street Journal that he did not expect to see an Apple package being offered in 2016.