Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is “preparing to announce a new set-top box that delivers TV to consumers” and that the aforementioned box “will include [streaming] movies from Netflix.” Bloomberg cites “three people with knowledge of the plans and continues: “The streaming service would be available on the revamped version of Apple TV, due to be introduced tomorrow in San Francisco. [...] Users would pay a subscription fee to Netflix for the service.” Speculation for the time being, but the answers to everyone’s questions will be delivered tomorrow at around 1:00 PM ET. More →
Bloomberg has updated their report, filed yesterday, on Apple’s plans to launch a 99-cent, a la carte style, TV-show rental service for their AppleTV product. The updated report states that, “Apple plans to hold a San Francisco event Sept. 7, two weeks ahead of the start of the new prime-time TV season, to unveil the service and an updated line of entertainment products.” Bloomberg also predicts that new AppleTV hardware that runs the company’s iOS, as well as a new high-resolution iPod Touch with front facing camera, will be unveiled at the event. Typically, Apple gives the media 7 to 10 days of notice for such events. We’ll report back if the September 7th date becomes official. More →
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is in “advanced talks” with News Corp., CBS Corp., and Walt Disney Co. to allow iTunes users to rent their programming for 99-cents an episode. The report reads: “The content deals would give Apple users access to some of the most-watched shows on TV and increase the appeal of its devices [...] Added programming also would build on iTunes’ role as the biggest retailer of music and mobile applications, and help Apple ward off companies like Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., which offer their own online video services.” The move is being billed as “smart” by RBC Capital analyst David Bank, who states that rental service opens new opportunities without upsetting the “existing ecosystem.” The idea of a la carte TV does sound appealing… although we would miss live sports. What do you think? Could you replace your cable service with a per show type system, or would you miss surfing all 800 channels? More →
Today, Panasonic announced that they will add Twitter to the list of built-in web entertainment technologies on their VIERA CAST enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players. The company already offers Skype, Netflix, Pandora, Fox Sports, Amazon Video-On-Demand, YouTube, Picasa, Bloomberg, and weather services on VIERA televisions with the IPTV functionality built-in. Panasonic’s VP of corporate development had this to say:
Since we introduced Panasonic VIERA CAST IPTVs three years ago we have added more and more of the top entertainment and social networking sites in the world. The addition of Twitter to VIERA CAST further strengthens the interactive options Panasonic VIERA HDTV owners can now use to communicate with family and friends worldwide. Consumers with VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVS can now tweet on Twitter, video chat via Skype, share videos on YouTube and digital photos via Google Picasa right from the comfort of their living rooms.”
Maybe the future of HDTV isn’t in 3D and ridiculous refresh rates… maybe it’s applications? We’ve got the full press release for you after the break. Let us know if functionality like this is something that interests you, or if you think it is just something that will get in the way of your television-viewing enjoyment. More →
Is it Friday yet? Bloomberg is reporting that: “Apple Inc.’s senior antenna expert voiced concern to Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls.” The article cites an anonymous source, “familiar with the matter,” who went on to say:
Last year, Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple’s management the device’s design may cause reception problems. [...] A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device’s June 24 release.
Apple declined Bloomberg’s request to comment on the report. One of our AT&T sources has told us that while the iPhone 4 antenna issue is well known — and well covered — AT&T stores aren’t seeing iPhone 4 returns (like at all). Hopefully, we’ll have some concrete answers to all these antenna questions on Friday at around 1:00 PM EDT. More →
Ladies and gentlemen, the highly anticipated and long-awaited BlackBerry App World is out and ready to roll. Now you can officially wonder where your emails, SMS and call history went once you jam pack your memory with apps galore. For those who were feeling a little iPhone envy, you can now enjoy tons of your own apps for the BlackBerry with many being developed by the same folks who produced some of the iPhone apps. All you have to do is download BlackBerry App World and grab some premium or free apps for your enjoyment. For now, a PayPal account is required to purchase apps but RIM is working on getting other forms of payment in the works soon. Some of the apps include Shazam, Bloomberg and a fun little game called Brain Challenge 2. We all know this is just a start as developers are still cranking away with their apps, so there is still a lot more to look forward to!
Note to Bloomberg: When you make revisions to your prepared obituaries, don’t publish them. That might sound a bit obvious but in light of yesterday’s snafu we thought we might hammer the point home. That’s right people, Steve Jobs died for a few minutes yesterday – but only in the minds of those who read with shock as Jobs’ obituary crossed the wire from Bloomberg. As if Jobs’ health hasn’t been called into question enough this year. The miscue was quickly removed and Bloomberg issued a retraction: “An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted.” One of the more interesting parts of the slip up was the inclusion of the reporting notes which detail contacts who should be reached for comment in the event of Jobs’ demise. Of course some were obvious such as Steve Wozniak, Al Gore and Guy Kawasaki. Then there were a few interesting choices tossed into the mix such as Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt and Jobs’ ex Heidi Roizen. The notes next to Roizen’s name read, “venture capitalist who once dated Jobs: [redacted] Heidi knows a lot of Silicon.” Hmm. Hit the jump to read the obituary in its entirety.