apple tv hacks

Apple iTV

Apple may introduce a television product called the iTV, Bloomberg reports, citing Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek. In a note to clients, Misek wrote that Apple may want to use user-generated video from customers who use iPads and iPhones as recorders, which would give the company “the ability to leverage content into a YouTube-like model.”

According to Misek, Apple may buy access to exclusive and non-exclusive programs, possibly through a partnership with carriers such as AT&T and Verizon. Jefferies & Co. analyst believes that “lower margins and higher risks” are likely to drive away Apple from creating its own content.

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Apple 42-inch HDTV at Best Buy

At times, Best Buy sends surveys to customers asking for feedback on potential new products and services; in the latest survey electrical retail giant is asking about a potential clients’ interest in 42-inch Apple HDTV! „Be one of the first to get the all new 42“ Apple HDTV at Best Buy for $1499. Apple finally reinvents what a TV can do,“ the survey reads.

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Genius recommendations for Apple TV 2

Apple has issued an update to Apple TV 2 adding Genius recommendations for movies and TV shows. This is not a firmware update, so don’t be afraid that an accidental update will destroy your jailbreak.

Recommendation are available from the new “Genius” menu options under both Movies and TV shows. Genius allows you to view recommendations based on your previous iTunes purchases.

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Plex 0.10 for Apple TV 2

We’ve been so busy lately going through all the rumors on the upcoming Apple Television that we forgot to let you know that the Plex client for Apple TV 2 has been updated to version 0.10 (and later on to version 0.10.0.71 – beta 2). The new version brings some significant changes, like DirectPlay support and Full myPlex support, and supports Apple TV 4.3 and 4.4 firmware.

Highlights of the release:

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Apple Television

Have you missed Gene Munster and his Apple TV-related “predictions” yet? Piper Jaffray analyst wrote a new note to clients claiming he has heard from “a major TV component supplier” that they had been contacted by Apple regarding “various capabilities of their television display components.” Munster sees this as “continued evidence that Apple is exploring production of a television.” Munster added that Apple had a series of meetings in January 2011 in Asia because the company “was investing in manufacturing facilities for LCD displays ranging from 3.5″ mobile displays to 50″ television displays.”

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Apple has sold record 1.4 million Apple TVs during the last holiday quarter but, interestingly, the company didn’t reveal this figures in yesterday’s press release in which it proudly details record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs. The record figures for Apple TV were revealed during the Q1 2012 earnings live call: asked about Apple’s strategy for the living room, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said “the Apple TV product is dealing very well,” and he gave the numbers: in the last fiscal year – ended in September 2011 – Apple sold 2.8 mln Apple TVs, and in December quarter – record 1.4 mln units.

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