Apple TV's in the UK

brettuk

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Hey all,

When will Apple start caring about other countries outside of the US with the Apple TV? Where's BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Channel 4oD, Demand Five?
 

steve-p

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Hey all,

When will Apple start caring about other countries outside of the US with the Apple TV? Where's BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Channel 4oD, Demand Five?
How do you know those companies have even shown any interest in Apple TV as a platform? It's not up to Apple to write 3rd party apps. My TV has BBC iPlayer built in, but none of the others you mention. Is that Panasonic's fault? I doubt it. It's more likely the organisations concerned aren't interested in platforms that are not just a web browser and Flash viewer.
 

brettuk

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Well, my PS3 has most of those options as does my iPhone, and I know most of them are also available on the iPad. Wii and Xbox also have a few of those. Point is, BBC especially will have an interest as they have to, it's in their charter to be on as many devices as possible.

This needs to be native on the Apple TV in the UK for it to be a best seller
 

Moonjumper

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Yes, all 4 catch up services mentioned are available on the iPad. Plus TVCatchup for live Freeview (odd naming for a live service).

As they are already in the iOS system, it should be possible. Hopefully the Apple TV will get some UK love.
 

Eves apple

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Hey all,

When will Apple start caring about other countries outside of the US with the Apple TV? Where's BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Channel 4oD, Demand Five?
The lack of this on the new Apple TV has made me drop the idea of upgrading from the 2.
 

chenks

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Well, my PS3 has most of those options as does my iPhone, and I know most of them are also available on the iPad. Wii and Xbox also have a few of those. Point is, BBC especially will have an interest as they have to, it's in their charter to be on as many devices as possible.

This needs to be native on the Apple TV in the UK for it to be a best seller
The PS3 versions are basically just web pages, not actual applications.
The BBC has to be platform neutral, but the charter doesn't state that it must be on every particular platform.

In response to the OP, the US doesn't have any TV catchup services on the AppleTV either, so the UK is no different to the US in this respect.
 

davidoloan

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How do you know those companies have even shown any interest in Apple TV as a platform? It's not up to Apple to write 3rd party apps. My TV has BBC iPlayer built in, but none of the others you mention. Is that Panasonic's fault? I doubt it. It's more likely the organisations concerned aren't interested in platforms that are not just a web browser and Flash viewer.
They have all made iPad apps which are mainly very good especially iPlayer.

It's the same for Ireland with the Tv3player and RTE player.

Hopefully apple tv apps will come soon.

With the forthcoming full size Apple TV of course all the companies are interested.
 

chenks

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Hopefully there might be, sometime this year though :)
whether that be the case or not, as it stands right now, it's not possible for someone to develop anything for the AppleTV other than Apple themselves.

the OP asked by the UK was not being cared for, however in reality there is not TV catchup application in the US either, so the point the OP was trying to make is not valid.
 

Mike Oxard

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iPlayer, 4OD and Demand 5 can all be played on the AppleTV using AirPlay from any iPad and most iPhones. ITV player doesn't support it yet.

EDIT ITV Player may work on iPhone 4S or iPads >1 but I've not tried them so can't say for sure.
 
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declandio

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Hey all,

When will Apple start caring about other countries outside of the US with the Apple TV? Where's BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Channel 4oD, Demand Five?
If you jailbreak it, you can get all of the things you mentioned. Jailbreak, install XBMC and it opens up a new world for the appletv. Mine even has HD streams of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4, Sky F1 Channel, all of the Sky Movies channel, and plenty more.
 

androiphone

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my guess is that apple won't want them on the apple TV because it will hurt their profits of selling the shows through iTunes.
this will be the same reason there are no catchup services on the US version of the Apple TV, but services like netflix are allowed on there because (pure guess) they are paying apple to be on there.
 

kiranmk2

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my guess is that apple won't want them on the apple TV because it will hurt their profits of selling the shows through iTunes.
this will be the same reason there are no catchup services on the US version of the Apple TV, but services like netflix are allowed on there because (pure guess) they are paying apple to be on there.
Not really, cos iPlayer only lets you watch most things for 1 week after broadcast. Some series remain available for the duration of the season - so it's not like you can watch old episodes of classic shows which would take profit away from Apple.
 

Daniel97

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If you jailbreak it, you can get all of the things you mentioned. Jailbreak, install XBMC and it opens up a new world for the appletv. Mine even has HD streams of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4, Sky F1 Channel, all of the Sky Movies channel, and plenty more.
Sky Sports?

How? - I would like all of the above! - Do they work regularly?
 

Jamie0003

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Not really, cos iPlayer only lets you watch most things for 1 week after broadcast. Some series remain available for the duration of the season - so it's not like you can watch old episodes of classic shows which would take profit away from Apple.
True but 4OD keeps quite a few of their shows on there indefinitely, though with ads.