Apple TV now up for preorder at Best Buy

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple TV to Arrive In Stores This Friday: Report.

I’m testing Siri on the new Apple TV that arrives this week at a starting price of $149, the first major revamp since March 2012 of the set-top box Steve Jobs famously referred to as a hobby. Apple says it will do for the TV experience what it did for mobile phones and tablets with apps, and “innovative ways to connect with your screen.” The apps are featured on the revamped Apple TV, which is coming to stores as early as Friday. Apple stores have received inventory for the retail launch of Apple TV, and employees are being instructed to reorganize the stores to promote the new device Thursday night, according to the report.

The Seinfeld episode in question was available through the Hulu app on Apple TV. 2001 A Space Odyssey was available to rent or buy through iTunes, or watch free as a Netflix subscriber. But Cord-cutter alert–if you’re looking to pick up Apple TV to ditch cable, you’ll need a good antenna to get the broadcast networks on a day and date basis. Oh, and I had no intention of actually viewing those lousy films from 1993, though Apple TV drummed up a list that included Sliver, RoboCop 3 and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. It never made a ton of sense to me why Apple would ever want to bring out a branded television, despite persistent rumors that the gang in Cupertino has been working on something.

What you won’t find, at least for now, according to Apple’s website, are the most popular mobile apps, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Amazon. It is obvious, however, that Apple has designs on the living room, and that a substantial makeover of the companion box that plugs into your existing TV was long overdue. And where’s 4K, with resolution that is four times better than high definition ? ​Apple faces fierce competition across the streaming (and pricing) spectrum, from the likes of Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Nvidia Shield, Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony Playstation, and TiVo Bolt. *The user experience. You can move your thumb along the touch surface on the upper face of the remote to navigate what’s on the screen, or click the touch area to select an action.

Apple says you can pair the new remote through Bluetooth just by bringing your iPhone close by, but I couldn’t get it to work and had to pair the remote manually. But I’m also presuming that a lot more people will be buying such TVs in the near future, possibly as soon as Black Friday when plummeting prices presumably fall further. Voice isn’t unique to Apple TV — Roku, Fire TV, and the latest Chromecast offer the feature as well — but I’d be complaining if Apple hadn’t added Siri. In iTunes (and eventually other services), you can also ask Siri “what did he/she say” while watching a movie or TV show and Siri will rewind the movie for 15 seconds and show closed captioning for that long so you can hear or read unheard dialogue.

I sampled a variety of apps during my tests, some free, some fee-based: QVC and Gilt for shopping from the TV, Zillow, Airbnb, Crossy Road, Rayman, Transistor, HBO Now and more.

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