Geriatric Apple TV still on a roll, gains USA Now and CBS Sports apps

apple-tv-thumb
While the world waits for Apple’s highly-anticipated streaming TV service, the company has offered a few teasers from the world of streaming video, adding both CBS Sports and USA Now to Apple’s venerable little set-top box, the Apple TV.

Neither app packs much in the way of surprises. CBS Sports grants unfettered access to a number of clips from NFL, MLB, NBA, and college matches, while USA Now, much like its mobile counterpart, lets authenticated cable subscribers watch clips and full episodes of USA shows. Both will be delivered in an upcoming over-the-air updates.

For a three-year-old piece of streaming hardware, the Apple TV still holds its own. After a clearinghouse price cut to $69 in March, the device has been gaining new apps steadily — HBO’s a la carte streaming service, HBO Now, notably launched first on Apple TV. Others have since made the jump to the platform in recent weeks, including NBC Sports Live Extra and TED Talks.

The new apps are only a hint of what’s to come — long-running rumors suggest Apple will unveil a completely reimagined set-top box at WWDC in June. In addition to a new design and a larger, touchpad-based remote, the next-generation Apple TV will reportedly integrate Siri and the App Store in some fashion. The internals are set for a much-needed bump, too — the device will sport a variant of Apple’s A8 processor and wireless chips capable of interfacing with HomeKit-supported smart appliances.

As for Apple’s subscription streaming TV platform, the service is expected to be built into the new device, though some estimates have put its arrival later than the new hardware, possibly in September. The latest information suggests it’ll carry around 20 channels and major networks ABC, CBS, and Fox for between $30 and $40 per month. For the sake of comparison, that’s a bit more than DISH Network’s Sling TV ($20) but cheaper than Sony’s Playstation Vue, which starts at $50 per month but offers a larger base selection of programming.

We’ll no doubt learn more on June 8, the date of WWDC’s keynote presentation.

Home Theater

Apple’s show time event: A whiplash-inducing bundle of copycat services

Apple unleashed a barrage of news, streaming, and gaming bundles at its latest event aimed at boosting its services and adding more revenue. But while the services are big on celebrities, they appear short on innovation.
Home Theater

Yesterday’s Apple event was a whiplash-inducing parade of copycat services

Apple showed off a massive barrage of news, streaming, and gaming bundles at its Showtime event aimed at boosting its services and adding more revenue. But while the services are big on celebrities, they appear short on innovation.
Home Theater

Apple’s new TV app: All of your shows, on (almost) every device you own

Apple is updating its TV App into a truly cross-platform one-stop shop for all of your movies and TV shows. It will appear on smart TVs and devices from Roku and Amazon, but there are still questions about features and price.
Movies & TV

Apple’s next big event is minutes away: Here’s what you can expect

Apple's next big event takes place on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to make several announcements related to its services, including Apple TV, so follow our guide to get ready for the big event.
Home Theater

Banish the bunny ears (and monthly bills) with these excellent HD antennas

When transitioning away from cable and satellite, finding the best HDTV antenna for your area can be tricky. To aid in your cord-cutting quest, we've compiled our picks of the best indoor HDTV antennas you can buy.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny, muffled TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Home Theater

All three of LG’s new soundbars will be available before summer

LG finally announced pricing and availability to the three soundbars it announced at CES 2019. They will come out in April or May of this year (depending on the model) and will retail between $400 and $1,300.
Home Theater

Any night can be a night at the movies with the best home theater projectors

Are you sick and tired of those cumbersome big screen TVs? Don’t want to spend big for a huge TV? These home theater projectors will bring you that big screen experience without breaking the bank.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our favorites, with all the features you want.
Home Theater

5 gorgeous turntables that spin stacks of wax in style for less than $500

Vinyl records are awesome, but they're also finicky. To get the best out of your stacks of wax, it's best to play them on a quality turntable. Here are the best turntables to be had for under $500.
Home Theater

IKEA reveals new photos of its Symfonisk Sonos speakers

Ahead of the official launch scheduled for April 9, IKEA has released two new photos of its upcoming Symfonisk line of wireless home speakers, which the Swedish furniture company has created in cooperation with Sonos.
Home Theater

Samsung’s new soundbars adjust settings to onscreen content in real time

Home theater soundbars may be a dime a dozen these days, but that doesn't mean they can't add something new to the experience. Samsung's new HW-Q70R and Q60R can automatically change settings to match what's happening onscreen.
Home Theater

Need true wireless earbuds? Apple’s last-gen AirPods are discounted on Amazon

Just as anticipated, Apple's last-generation AirPods, which feature much of the same technology as the recently announced model, are getting discounted on Amazon. If you've been looking for a pair, now is the time to buy.
Home Theater

Vizio adds more price drops to its 4K HDR TV March Madness event

March isn't just the biggest month of the year for NCAA basketball fans, it's also a pretty big month for TV deals. Vizio is no exception to this tradition and is offering some decent savings on its 4K HDR TVs.