1. patricksmangan's Avatar
    Will apps be coming to apple tv, or a future version of one? Games, or channel specific shows in their own app? Really like that idea. I.e. A pbs app like the one on the ipad, to browse their content.
    07-15-2011 08:44 AM
  2. FlopTech's Avatar
    I suspect that Apple will go much farther than just allowing apps to run on Apple TV. But it will take time.

    Steve Jobs famously said that the TV set-top box would need to be "torn up" and brought to market in a form that people would want to use. What I think he really meant was that Apple might be planning to tear up the entire TV industry and reconstruct it in Apple's image.

    The clunky DirecTV / cable box goes away, the Apple TV circuit board (common to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad) is built into television sets, and the concept of "channels" goes away. Tap the CNN app on your iPhone / iPod touch / iPad, and you can either stream it on that device or send it to your living room TV via AirPlay. No need to punch numbers on a remote or to navigate a menu of favorite channels or whatever. Maybe even an updated iPod nano "wrist watch" could be used as your remote.

    What about DVR functionality? Not needed in Apple's future-TV world. The CNN app could allow you to watch whatever's on right now, live, or to chose any previously aired program to re-stream. No need to record it yourself with video on demand. Yup, you might have to pay a subscription fee to access archived shows. But maybe live streams would be free.

    And, speaking of money, I think advertising is an integral part of Apple's plan to take over the television industry. And that means iAd. I'm convinced that iAd was designed for HDTV from the start. The first iAd I ever saw, for the Nissan Leaf, was so cinematic I immediately fast-forwarded to iAds on HDTV.

    Oh well, enough fanboyishness. We'll see how far off I was in five years (or less).
    Last edited by FlopTech; 08-29-2011 at 05:39 PM.
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    08-29-2011 05:35 PM
  3. mg48's Avatar
    After jailbreaking the apple tv you can add some "apps" that are out already. Look at firecore.com on how to jailbreak and some of the software that is easily installed today. I can watch movies off the web, stream music from websites like last Fm and surf and interact with web pages like I'm using my iPhone buy with a huge screen.
    09-01-2011 11:07 PM
  4. Mella's Avatar
    Yes, you can look at firecore.com to get many news&tips about the apple TV, such as I got the airplay for my first gen ATV: AirPlay Comes to the Original AppleTV | FireCore

    And you also can get some more video apps such netfilx...
    09-20-2011 10:55 PM