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Digital Services Seek a Captive Consumer

Digital Services Seek a Captive Consumer | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

... The biggest tech companies are no longer content simply to enhance part of your day. They want to erase the boundaries, do what the other big tech companies are doing and own every waking moment. The new strategy is to build a device, sell it to consumers and then sell them the content to play on it. And maybe some ads too.  Last week’s news that Google is preparing its first Google-branded home entertainment device — a system for streaming music in the house — might seem far afield for an Internet search and advertising company, but fits solidly into a industrywide goal in which each tech company would like to be all things to all people all day long.  “It’s not about brands or devices or platforms anymore,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner. “It’s about the ecosystem. The idea is to get consumers tied into that ecosystem as tightly as possible so they and their content are locked into one system.”

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Tom George's comment, February 12, 2012 10:37 PM
Nice find Peter and so true. Thanks for this today.
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Apple highlights TV content on iOS in App Store section

Apple highlights TV content on iOS in App Store section | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...Promoting TV apps is a winning strategy for Apple. Satellite and cable providers are embracing iOS as another content delivery vector, and many major U.S. companies like Comcast, AT&T and Cablevision began offering iPad access to their library of content for paying subscribers during the past year. The inclusion of apps that provide supplementary info and experiences to go along with TV content also encourages the use of Apple devices as second-screen interfaces for traditional TV viewing.

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The perpetual rumor (and for some, fear) gains traction: Apple to start making TVs, report says

The perpetual rumor (and for some, fear) gains traction: Apple to start making TVs, report says | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Technology blog DailyTech on Wednesday was quoting an unnamed "former Apple executive" who said Apple plans to enter the television display market by the end of the year. Apple plans to "blow Netflix and all those other guys away" with a console that would have Apple TV and iTunes built into it, the source reportedly told DailyTech.
The report says Apple plans to team up with an existing manufacturer to provide televisions that would be branded under the Apple name.
"You'll go into an Apple retail store and be able to walk out with a TV," said the former exec, who DailyTech said spoke under the condition of anonymity. "It's perfect."
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Apple Is Said to Consider Expanding AirPlay for Streaming Video

Apple Is Said to Consider Expanding AirPlay for Streaming Video | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Under the plan, Apple would license its AirPlay software to consumer-electronics makers that could use it in devices for streaming movies, TV shows and other video content, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans haven’t been made public. Apple now only licenses AirPlay for streaming audio. Devices that could be used for video may be available this year, one of the people said.
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On Apple TV Special Apps, Sports, And The Slow Bleeding Of Cable

On Apple TV Special Apps, Sports, And The Slow Bleeding Of Cable | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Buried today in the iOS 4.3 release is an unmentioned, but very interesting update for the Apple TV: access to both MLB.tv and NBA League Pass. Yes, the live sports are coming to the Apple TV!

That's great news for Apple TV owners, but such functionality has actually been available for some time on the rival boxes by Roku. Still, the ramifications of this are potentially huge because the lack of sports content has been the one point used over and over again in arguments against these new wave of Internet-powered set-top boxes killing cable. Between this, Roku, and Xbox Live getting ESPN content, we're definitely getting closer to a full-on cable revolt.
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Apple May Lose To Android In Device-Based Media Management

Apple May Lose To Android In Device-Based Media Management | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

For Apple iPhone and iPad owners with an Apple TV, the AirPlay function is one of those you-have-to-see-this gadget showcases. A tap of an icon on a device sends the current video, audio or slide show playing on the AirPlay-ready compatible IOS app to your big-screen TV or home theater. Cool -- if you have the requisite Apple-certified hardware. Android owners don't get such an easy path to media-sharing goodness.

But an open DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) standard is emerging among all the other hardware makers that might give Android the upper hand here. In a new report from IMS Research, the mobile analysts see device-based media management as the next big living-room thing -- and it may leave Apple behind.

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Apple Announces A Full Assault On The Cable Box With The Streaming Of Purchased TV Shows

Apple Announces A Full Assault On The Cable Box With The Streaming Of Purchased TV Shows | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
An Apple TV update is rolling out today. But this device update isn’t the news. Sure, streaming purchased TV shows to the device is a welcomed, but not really novel idea. Now, post update, users will have the choice to either buy or rent a TV show and stream it to their Apple TV. Great. But this update turns Apple’s little hobby into a full-fledged money-making machine. The Apple TV is a sort of Trojan Horse. At only $99, Apple diehards and general consumers alike have been buying up the streamer in mass since it debuted. But it’s always felt, well, like Apple said, a hobby device or rather a side-project with an incomplete feature set and gimped media offering. Up until AirPlay, the Apple TV felt a bit like a suckers device, a high-margin product designed to draw out a few more dollars from Apple buyers. Not any more. The Apple TV is now the living room division of what’s sure to be a huge offensive by Apple. TV episodes bought on any device now are now accessible on other Apple devices and vice versa. Spend $2.99 to buy an episode of Community and it’s available on your iPhone, iPad, Mac and now Apple TV. Don’t underestimate Apple’s reach now. TV shows are likely only the beginning. This cloud streaming storage method will likely work with movies as well — as long as the movie studios play ball.
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The never ending speculation: Will Apple really enter the TV business?

The never ending speculation: Will Apple really enter the TV business? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Long-running speculation that Apple is leaping into the television market was reignited over the weekend, after a handful of tech watchers saw signs of an Apple-branded "smart TV" in the Cupertino tea leaves. Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek said clues from content providers pointed to a cloud-based TV service, while Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White added that "data points" from China suggested a "full-blown" web-connected TV from Apple in the next few months. Is an Apple TV really going to drop, or are analysts just chasing a "digital unicorn"?
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The Real Killer App For Apple TV Isn't Sports -- It's Live

The Real Killer App For Apple TV Isn't Sports -- It's Live | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
While the availability of sports will open up a whole new potential audience for the device, the more important addition is Apple TV's ability to now stream live video, which could enable it to strike deals with content providers to stream linear TV channels.
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