It might not have launched with a new name or an App Store as rumors suggested, but Apple’s refreshed set top box still managed to find its way into plenty of living rooms following its launch last month. The new iOS-powered Apple TV became available in early September and according to Apple’s earnings call this past Monday, the company has sold over 250,000 units in the six weeks since its release. It looks like Apple TV isn’t such a bad hobby after all. Unlike less popular Apple TV models of generations past, the new Apple TV is very affordable at $99. It also offers TV show rentals for just 99 cents, HD movie rentals for as little as $3.99, and it supports Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming video service. Firm rumors that the media box will soon have access to third-party apps persist, so it will be interesting to see if the introduction of an App Store will increase Apple TV’s already impressive sales pace.
Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.
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