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Time Warner Cable on Apple TV

As we’ve heard for the past month, Apple and Time Warner Cable are close to inking a deal that would bring a TWC app to the Apple TV’s homescreen – for the first time bringing live TV broadcasts to the device. But some recent reports are bringing things into sharper focus, giving us some more insight into what the future of Apple’s service is going to look like. Earlier this week, the New York Times wrote that the app would allow “some of the company’s 12 million subscribers to watch live and on-demand shows without a separate set-top box.” Friday, Bloomberg adds that “while the deal would add a Time Warner app, that just means viewers won’t have to switch from Apple TV back to their cable box: They’d still need to subscribe to Time Warner Cable and wait around for a technician to install it.” The TWC app would likely be based on its existing iPhone and iPad software.

Read the full story at The Verge.

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Nice timing: On the same day that Apple upgraded Apple TV by adding more content to its Web TV box, Google upgrades Chromecast, its Apple TV competitor – by making it more appealing to Apple users.

The upgrade comes via a new iOS app, which is something Google had previously promised. There’s nothing earth-shattering here, but the app will make it easier for people to use Chromecast with iPhones and iPads as their primary controllers.

The big picture here is that Apple TV is, for better and worse, firmly part of the Apple ecosystem – it’s designed to be used in conjunction with Apple’s iTunes content, with other iOS devices, and Apple has tightly controlled the number of third-party apps on the box.

But Google has said from the get-go that its $35 dongle would work with all kinds of hardware, and today’s news just underscores that idea.

The Apple TV started out as a hobby for the latest Steve Jobs, and it has now turned into a very popular device, as Apple managed to sell a total of 2 million Apple TV’s in their last financial quarter.

This is an increase of around 60 percent from the previous year, where Apple had sold 1.4 million for the same quarter, and they have now sold more than 10 million Apple TV devices to date.

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