Apple Brings and NBA League Pass to Apple TV; Where’s the ATV App Store?

Good news for sports fans who own a second generation Apple TV. Apple has decide to roll out a pair of premium apps as part of the iOS 4.2 update (not 4.3) on Apple TV: and NBA League Pass. Unfortunately, users still don't have a proper ATV app store to download additional services from. [...]

Boxee to Take Apple’s Lead and Take a 20% Cut of Transactions Through the Platform caught up with Boxee's VP of marketing and learned that the company plans to take a 20% cut of "whatever transaction[s] we process." That's down 10% from the original payment system announcement back in January / May of 2010 that was said to target media to own, by pay-per-view, or subscription. However, the news of [...]

New Xtreamer Ultra Media Streamer / HTPC Set to Debut at CeBIT 2011

Why settle for a high-powered media streamer like the Boxee Box when you can get one that can double as an HTPC as well? Well, that's what Xtreamer is looking to offer with its new mini-ITX Xtreamer Ultra product, set to debut at CeBIT next month. The Xtreamer Ultra is an "aggressively priced" media streamer [...]

Boxee is Now Officially Netflix Enabled

Wow, it's been since December 2010 or something since Boxee promised Netflix would arrive on their platform. Boxee Box owners, according to the company's blog, can check Settings > System > Update for the new release, which provides support for Netflix in the U.S. and Canada. The setup is like every other connected TV [...]

Cord-cutters Made Up 0.18% of the Market in 2010, Expected to Hit 2% Globally in 2015

Is "cord-cutting," the act of intentionally replacing your cable / satellite TV service with a free to low cost IP-based over-the-top solution(s), overhyped? It appears so — at least until the end of this decade. According to Informa Telecoms & Media's recent study, the research firm found that there were only 1.2 million cord-cutters worldwide in 2010, equivalent to [...]

$99 XBMC / Apple TV Looks Amazing (UPDATE: XBMC App for iPad Details)

Engadget received a jailbroken Apple TV (black) with XBMC pre-installed (no word on who the sender was... FireCore?). They say it's not a simple port that anyone can install on the ARM-based device just yet. Nevertheless, the following video is going to get a lot people excited — especially when one considers all the things [...]

Yes, TV Apps Can Save Niche Cable and Independent TV Networks – In Theory

I just wanted to piggyback on NewTeeVee's post: "Can TV Apps Save Niche Cable Networks?" and the recent announcement that WealthTV will be the first cable TV channel, in HD, to be offered on Roku for $2.99/mo. If we can move past the argument of TV platform fragmentation and imagine that it's easy for any [...]

What Is and Isn’t a Smart TV

It seems Intel has coined a new descriptor for connected home devices that defines a new category within the space. Personally, I like the term "Smart TV." Trouble is many have started grouping unintended devices and platforms as part of the mix when reporting on Smart TVs. According to Intel, a Smart TV is able [...]