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Old Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Apple Adds Streaming Movie and TV Service Watchever to Apple TV in Germany




As noted by The Next Web, Apple has added support for new movie and TV streaming service Watchever to the Apple TV in Germany.
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Essentially a German version of Hulu launched by Vivendi this month, it offers local, European and international movies and TV series for EUR8.99 a month. Key features include the ability to choose between a German dubbed version of international movies, or the original. There is also a personal recommendation algorithm ā la Netflix.
Watchever added to Apple TV home screen in Germany (Source: @chrizkro)
Watchever had announced at its launch that it would be coming to the Apple TV, and Apple today updated its support document on third-party content providers to include Watchever.

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Old Jan 11, 2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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thanks apple. now, how about that app store?
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thanks apple. now, how about that app store?
I agree, I'd love an app store.

Since the Apple TV runs it's own OS, it has a different set of APIs. It's very time-consuming to make a secure public API. The API currently in use probably has all sorts of security holes and bugs that they haven't patched up or fixed yet, because it's unnecessary until it becomes public. It took a year for iOS to release it's first public API, and many years after to give it all the features.

If the Apple TV developers have the time and resources, they can do it. It's all up to Apple to put more money into this, and we'll have a public API. I just don't think Apple has been ready for it yet.
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I agree, I'd love an app store.

Since the Apple TV runs it's own OS, it has a different set of APIs. It's very time-consuming to make a secure public API. The API currently in use probably has all sorts of security holes and bugs that they haven't patched up or fixed yet, because it's unnecessary until it becomes public. It took a year for iOS to release it's first public API, and many years after to give it all the features.

If the Apple TV developers have the time and resources, they can do it. It's all up to Apple to put more money into this, and we'll have a public API. I just don't think Apple has been ready for it yet.
Apple TV IS iOS. The same thing in your iphones and ipads...except with a different UI and geared towards multimedia.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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I agree, I'd love an app store.

Since the Apple TV runs it's own OS, it has a different set of APIs. It's very time-consuming to make a secure public API. The API currently in use probably has all sorts of security holes and bugs that they haven't patched up or fixed yet, because it's unnecessary until it becomes public. It took a year for iOS to release it's first public API, and many years after to give it all the features.

If the Apple TV developers have the time and resources, they can do it. It's all up to Apple to put more money into this, and we'll have a public API. I just don't think Apple has been ready for it yet.
Apple TV version 1 did have its own OS, but with the switch to Apple TV2 it did take on iOS. In fact, on Apple TV 2 or 3, go to Settings -> General -> About. My Apple TV 2 is currently on "Apple TV Version" 5.1 (though it is telling me of an upgrade). It's really just a fork of iOS 5.1.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 10:51 AM   #6
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Apple TV version 1 did have its own OS, but with the switch to Apple TV2 it did take on iOS. In fact, on Apple TV 2 or 3, go to Settings -> General -> About. My Apple TV 2 is currently on "Apple TV Version" 5.1 (though it is telling me of an upgrade). It's really just a fork of iOS 5.1.
Sort of right, Apple TV 5.1 software is using iOS 6 I believe, click the select button on the about page and it tells you the iOS version.

Apple TV software is like an app so to speak, it's version isn't directly related to the iOS version.
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Sort of right, Apple TV 5.1 software is using iOS 6 I believe, click the select button on the about page and it tells you the iOS version.

Apple TV software is like an app so to speak, it's version isn't directly related to the iOS version.
This is correct. The Apple TV software is like an app that runs on iOS. If you go to Settings it only shows the software version initially like 5.1 but if you click the select button on your remote it switches to show the iOS version. Mines currently shows it as iOS 6.
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Sort of right, Apple TV 5.1 software is using iOS 6 I believe, click the select button on the about page and it tells you the iOS version.

Apple TV software is like an app so to speak, it's version isn't directly related to the iOS version.
Ah.. thanks.. for some reason I thought I read elsewhere that it was stuck in the 5s.
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Apple TV version 1 did have its own OS, but with the switch to Apple TV2 it did take on iOS. In fact, on Apple TV 2 or 3, go to Settings -> General -> About. My Apple TV 2 is currently on "Apple TV Version" 5.1 (though it is telling me of an upgrade). It's really just a fork of iOS 5.1.
I didn't know this. I always thought it was a 'different OS similar to iOS' much like the iPod Nanos use a 'different OS similar to iOS'.

Thank you.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 12:58 PM   #10
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Damn that UI looks horrible. Unbalanced and wonky.
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thanks apple. now, how about that app store?
Roku has that market. Roku's Channel store is handsdown the iTunes of TV box sets!
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 02:52 PM   #12
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Amazon Instant Video, ...please. I get so much out of my prime membership, but to watch all the prime content on my big TV's without having to buy/boot another set-top box would be so nice.
That or enable apps, or Amazon could support airplay video in the ipad player.
So close on so many fronts....
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Amazon Instant Video, ...please. I get so much out of my prime membership, but to watch all the prime content on my big TV's without having to buy/boot another set-top box would be so nice.
That or enable apps, or Amazon could support airplay video in the ipad player.
So close on so many fronts....
I'd put an AppleTV in every room of my house if it had Amazon Prime support.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:47 AM   #14
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Roku has that market. Roku's Channel store is handsdown the iTunes of TV box sets!
yea, but Roku doesn't play well with my Apple ecosystem. however, it will have to do for now.
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yea, but Roku doesn't play well with my Apple ecosystem. however, it will have to do for now.
They just added music and photo streaming from your iphone or iPad. Who knows? Maybe they will add something like airplay soon
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Tell Angela to make it happen. She has the power.
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Tell Angela to make it happen. She has the power.
First she should make sure everyone gets broadband internet connection. Seriously, what good is the best streaming service if the majority is stuck on DSL3000? Or worse DSL Light(1000)?

Trust me noone wants to start/stop watching a movie as if it were on youtube.
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they barely have anything worth mentioning. i'd rather see Sky Go and Spotify on it

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USA gets the Apple TV for less, but has more streaming options. Hopefully this is the start of opening up local options in all regions to balance things out.

For example, Apple TV in the UK should have BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5. Most connected devices do, including the iPhone and iPad.
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why is MLB.tv on the German apple tv? NBA I can see....but american baseball? ya think theyd at least have fifa on there
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Apps and a browser and I would be happy.
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Apps and a browser and I would be happy.
A browser? How would you control it? With your iPad? You can airplay Safari to your Apple TV. So no need for that.

I think that's the reason there are no apps on the ATV. You need at least an iPod touch to control it. So you might as well use Airplay.
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why is MLB.tv on the German apple tv? NBA I can see....but american baseball? ya think theyd at least have fifa on there
People watch American sports outside of the USA you know. While it would be great to have more international sports options, you would be surprised how many of us outside of the USA watch MLB, NFL and NBA sports too. Its a big world out there.
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why is MLB.tv on the German apple tv? NBA I can see....but american baseball? ya think theyd at least have fifa on there
Its the same in the UK, Apple TV is not at all geared to Europe. In the UK our Netflix is not a patch on the USA library and we have Lovefilm and Blinkbox movies which are not supported plus not BBC iPlayer and the like that has been mentioned.

Sure you can Airplay some things, but not all! That facility is disabled on some UK movie and TV sites and Apps and in any case if I am working on my Mac then someone else cannot use it to airplay.

I like my apple TV but my SkyHD ( Has internet iPlayers etc) box is far better as are the games consoles for TV and Movies.

If Apple ever make a TV its going to need to have plenty of options to satisfy Europe where the movies services I mentioned already come with a lot of internet TV's, plus I am not sure about the USA but geographically a lot of the UK does not have access to fibre broadband and the speeds are limited.
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Apple TV in the UK should have BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5. Most connected devices do, including the iPhone and iPad.
Agreed, it all depends on licencing etc of content in the end, and there might be conflicts, but I'm sure it will come.

Airplay from the bbc iplayer app from an ios device is possible in the meantime.

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