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Cupertino is close to closing a deal with Time Warner that will allow fanbois to watch proper grown-up telly - and Disney films - through their Apple TV boxes. Bloomberg says that insiders "with knowledge of the negotiations" spilled the beans. When the agreement is officially inked, it will mean that Time Warner Cable customers …

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Is this the same deal that MS signed with Time Warner for Xbox last week? I wonder what's different about the Apple agreement that's taking so much longer.

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And are these deals the reason that BT Vision and Talk Talk TV customers no longer get Warner TV?

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Yes its same deal

But they are stuck on Apple's demand of 30% cut from paid viewers (of which there will ba many Fanbois around).

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Re: Yes its same deal

Not to mention their Most Favoured Nation clause that'll prevent MS getting content cheaper than they do.

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...it’s not an experience that I think very many people love...

Well, take the adverts out and you're golden.

I suspect the majority of viewers are precisely that: watchers of a continuous stream in real time, selecting from a small group of channels for something that pleases them and is on now. I'd love to see some numbers on that, mind: I may be biased by my own viewing habits.

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Apple's little white box?

Last I checked, the AppleTV was black? Have Bloomberg's sources let slip a detail of a new AppleTV release??

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Re: Apple's little white box?

iWatch for AppleTV perhaps?

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Re: Apple's little white box?

Agreed. But people will still be starting rumours of: a) an Apple watch; b) a large-screen Apple TV set; and c) an Apple-branded saddle for flying unicorns

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"The cable giant offers access to 200 different channels"

So, that's about 1 decent programme per year per channel, then. If you're lucky.

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Umm... you can already watch Disney movies on the Apple TV.

It's called Netflix.

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Cracked It

The more time that passes the more I feel that Steve Jobs' remark that he had "cracked" the concept for an easy-to-use Apple television set was just a throwaway joke. It is the same as Fermat's claim in the margin of his notebook that he had a proof for the theorem, but the space was just too small. I am ever hopeful though that we will one day see a device and company that can provide me with a product that properly integrates TV,Web and film content in a usable fashion.

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It already exists. It's called an HDMI cable from your PC to TV. Anyone expecting another Siri/Kinect Mind Reading iDevice is sadly mistaken.

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Re: Apple TV 'close' to deal with Time Warner

Yeh! that went well for AOL. Oh?!, maybe not, (or did it?). It's all so confusing, probably need a lie down or something to get into the mood so that I give a damn.

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Microsoft and Apple TV?

Didn't X-Box One just sign up for all of Time Warner's stuff to stream as well?

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Alternatives

Whats wrong with streaming from a £30 Android usb/hdmi device and you can plug in your smart TV & get all your Youtubes/netflix et al from there?

Just wondering, what will be different.

Too much is made out of movies and Music streaming these days. Its just not worth it anymore, considering thte alternatives.

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If the Apple can do to tv and movies what it did to music and downloads then buying shares in Apple now would be a good idea?

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"If the Apple can do to tv and movies what it did to music and downloads then buying shares in Apple now would be a good idea?"

Do you live in a cave? WTF? There are a myriad of services out there.

No one wants a shitty iTunes for tv content!

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I wonder

if Sky News appearing on the Apple TV is a pre-cursor to Sky punting their on demand and over the top services on ATV in the UK?

The current offering for non subscribers is PC/MAC only - ATV would seem like an ideal vehicle to get PAYG customers on board, even at 30% it's another channel that Virgin don't have and once you've had easy big screen access (as opposed to HDMI from a noisy bulky PC) it's hard to go back.

Seems logical that Sky would explore the platform by offering Sky news before a bigger launch.

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Re: I wonder

"once you've had easy big screen access (as opposed to HDMI from a noisy bulky PC) it's hard to go back."

Sounds like you need a tech refesh!

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Streaming sucks

when your internet connection is as slow as mine. At least Google lets you download a full movie from the PlayStore and watch it later.

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Better get their Finger out...

Samsung has bought Boxee

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23170757

Samsung are getting a bit too powerful methinks.

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"He said: “When you look at the TV experience, it’s not an experience that I think very many people love. It’s not one that has been brought up to date for this decade. It’s still an experience much like 10 years ago or 20 years ago"

Sky is great! Sorry Timmy, once again you have no fking clue about what you are talking about.

We don't want Apple doing to the TV market what they did with eBooks!

Apple can not be trusted.

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