Life By Ella — First Look: All About Ella | Apple TV+

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Every day feels like an adventure when you’re filming Life by Ella. Hang out with the Lily Brooks O’Briant, Vanessa Carrasco, Artyon Celestine and more as they discuss the creation of the show and what makes Ella’s story so important. Life by Ella is available to stream on Apple TV+

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Five Days at Memorial — A Conversation with Sheri Fink and Carlton Cuse | Apple TV+

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Author of Five Days at Memorial and Pulitzer Prize winner, Sheri Fink, joins Executive Producer, Carlton Cuse, for a conversation breaking down the series. All episodes are now streaming on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_FiveDaysatMemorial

Based on actual events from Hurricane Katrina, Five Days at Memorial tells the story of the exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital who were forced to make heart-wrenching decisions amidst the storm’s aftermath.

Starring Vera Farmiga, Cherry Jones, Robert Pine, Cornelius Smith Jr., Julie Ann Emery, and Adepero Oduye.

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Life By Ella — Two Truths and a Lie with the Cast | Apple TV+

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Now’s your chance to embrace the unknown. Test how well you know the cast of Life by Ella with a few rounds of Two Truths and a Lie. Life by Ella is available to stream on Apple TV+

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Sago Mini Friends — I Know What I Like (Music Video) | Apple TV+

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Remy wants to share all of the things he likes with you. Discover what makes him happy by singing along with Remy and all his Sago Mini Friend pals! Based on the award-winning app Sago Mini World, get ready to play with all your favorite pocket pals when Sago Mini Friends come to life on September 16 on Apple TV+

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Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 16.1 to Developers for Testing

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Apple on Tuesday seeded the second beta of tvOS 16.1 to developers for testing. The new beta release comes one week after the initial beta release of tvOS 16.1.

The tvOS 16.1 beta is compatible with the Apple TV 4K (1st and 2nd generation) and the ‌Apple TV‌ HD. The new beta can be downloaded to a compatible Apple TV that has the proper profile installed, which can be done by downloading it onto the ‌Apple TV‌ using Xcode.

tvOS updates are usually minor ones, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements rather than public-facing changes.

Apple shares some information on tvOS releases in its tvOS support document, which is updated after each tvOS launch. The document has not been updated as yet. We don’t as yet know what’s included in the tvOS 16.1 update, but this article will be updated if we find anything new.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on their daily driver Apple TV, especially early betas of new operating systems. Instead, only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.

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Gutsy — Extra Gutsy Women from Achilles International | Apple TV+

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Chelsea Clinton sits down with two runners from Achilles International, an international organization that pairs athletes with disabilities with able-bodied guides, in this bonus content from the new docuseries. Stream Gutsy now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Gutsy

Inspired by the Clintons’ acclaimed New York Times bestselling book, “The Book of Gutsy Women,” the docuseries features Hillary and Chelsea as they embark on a thought-provoking journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders and everyday heroes who show us what it truly means to be gutsy.

Joining the Clintons are a number of extraordinary, courageous, and resilient women who have made an impact in their community and on the world, including Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and many more.

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Shantaram — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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A fugitive pursuing redemption in 1980s Bombay will do whatever it takes to get it, even if it means letting his past seep back into his present. Starring Charlie Hunnam and based on the best-selling novel by Gregory David Roberts, stream Shantaram October 14 only on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Shantaram

Escaped convict Lin Ford (Charlie Hunnam) flees to the teeming streets of 1980s Bombay, looking to disappear. Working as a medic for the city’s poor and neglected, Lin finds unexpected love, connection, and courage on the long road to redemption.

Steve Lightfoot’s latest Apple Original Series, Shantaram marks Charlie Hunnam’s return to television after eight years. The series was adapted from the beloved novel by Gregory David Roberts. It stars Charlie Hunnam, Antonia Desplat, Alexander Siddig and Shubham Saraf. Ensemble cast includes Luke Pasqualino, Vincent Perez, Electra Jansson Kilbey and Fayssal Bazzi.

Shantaram is co-created and executive produced by Steve Lightfoot. The first three episodes were directed by Emmy nominee, Bharat Nalluri (“Little America,” “Professionals”), who also serves as an executive producer. Lightfoot, Hunnam, and Nalluri exec produce alongside Andrea Barron, Nicole Clemens, Steve Golin, Justin Kurzel and Eric Warren Singer, who co-created the series with Lightfoot, also executive produces. The series is produced for Apple by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content’s AC Studios.

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Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 16.1 to Developers for Testing

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Apple on Wednesday seeded the first beta of tvOS 16.1 to developers for testing. The new beta release comes two days after the public release of tvOS 16.

The tvOS 16.1 beta is compatible with the Apple TV 4K (1st and 2nd generation) and the ‌Apple TV‌ HD. The new beta can be downloaded to a compatible Apple TV that has the proper profile installed, which can be done by downloading it onto the ‌Apple TV‌ using Xcode.

tvOS updates are usually minor ones, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements rather than public-facing changes.

Apple shares some information on tvOS releases in its tvOS support document, which is updated after each tvOS launch. The document has not been updated as yet. We don’t as yet know what’s included in the tvOS 16.1 update, but this article will be updated if we find anything new.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on their daily driver Apple TV, especially early betas of new operating systems. Instead, only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever — An Inside Look | Apple TV+

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Director Peter Farrelly, actors Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, and more cast and crew discuss making the Apple Original Film, The Greatest Beer Run Ever. Premiering September 30 in theaters and streaming on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_TheGreatestBeerRunEver

The Greatest Beer Run Ever shares the story of John “Chickie” Donohue. What started out as way to celebrate his friends and lift their spirits, led to an incredible journey that changed Chickie’s life.

Hailing from Skydance Media, screenplay is adapted by Peter Farrelly, Brian Currie and Pete Jones, and is based on the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty and War, by Joanna Molloy and John “Chickie” Donohue. Peter Farrelly as Director. Producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger on behalf of Skydance, with Andrew Muscato and Jake Myers. The book/source material became a New York Times best seller when it was published in 2020 and generated stories of this journey across a wide spectrum of media and news programming.

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Sago Mini Friends — Fin’s Song (Music Video) | Apple TV+

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Fin’s got gills and skills he’s ready to share with you. Swim and sing along with the “I Got This” fish and the Sago Mini Friends crew! Based on the award-winning app Sago Mini World, get ready to play with all your favorite pocket pals when Sago Mini Friends come to life on September 16 on Apple TV+

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HBO and HBO Max nabbed the most wins at this year’s Emmy Awards

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HBO and its streaming service HBO Max cleaned up at last night’s Emmy awards, pulling in a dozen wins in the Primetime Emmys, compared with its next nearest rival, Netflix, which had just 3. Overall, Netflix also fell behind in terms of the total number of awards it won, including the recently-aired Creative Arts Emmys, in a reversal of its 2021’s fortunes when it had come out on top.

Last year, Netflix pulled in the most Emmys ever for a single platform with 44 — more than double that of HBO. This year, however, HBO surged ahead. In terms of the Creative Arts and Primetime Emmy awards combined, HBO and HBO Max grabbed 37 trophies, while Netflix earned 26. 

HBO Max drama series “The White Lotus” grabbed the most overall wins than any other program with 10 Emmys. HBO Max’s “Euphoria” won 6 awards and “Succession” took 4 wins, including the high-profile win for “Best Outstanding Drama.” Meanwhile, “Euphoria” star Zendaya is the first Black woman to win lead actress in the “Outstanding Drama” category and the youngest person to win twice in any Emmy category. HBO’s “Hacks,” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” also contributed to the total wins.

In terms of Primetime awards, Netflix only had 3 wins — and these were attributed largely to its Korean series, “Squid Game,” whose giant robot doll made a surprise appearance during the awards ceremony.  

The popular series had a notable 6 wins across all Emmys, but only 2 during the Primetime awards show, despite its 14 nominations. Breaking diversity records, Lee Jung-jae, the main character, was also the first Asian actor to win lead actor in an “Outstanding Drama Series,” and the fourth Asian actor to win an Emmy. Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-hyuk became the first Asian director to win the drama category, and the first-ever director of a non-English-language series to win. 

“Ozark” captured the other Primetime Emmy for Netflix, as Julia Garner won for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.”

Hulu and Apple TV+ brought in 10 and 9 wins across the board, respectively. Disney+ also had 9 and Amazon Prime Video won 7 awards. 

Apple TV+ had 4 Primetime Emmys, which was solely thanks to its series “Ted Lasso,” the most Emmy Award-winning comedy for the second year in a row. According to Apple, the series joins only seven other comedy shows to win “Outstanding Comedy Series” in the first two years. 

Though subjective, the Emmys serve as another example of Netflix’s issues with content quality — problems the streamer itself has admitted to in recent months. In April, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, acknowledged the streamer needed to improve on its core service, which he described as “making TV series and films and now games that people really love.”

While “Squid Game” was certainly a phenomenon, and a worthy example of how international programming can find a home with foreign audiences — something that plays to Netflix’s strengths as a global service — it’s also a bit of a one-hit wonder for the streamer, which has fewer “prestige TV” shows pulling in an audience, than in years past.

HBO’s ability to pull back ahead, given the circumstances, isn’t that surprising, given the service is often a top winner during awards season, if not No. 1.

For a full breakdown, the wins by streamer are below.

2022 Emmy Wins by Streaming Service

  • HBO Max: 12 Primetime, 25 Creative Arts
  • Netflix: 3 Primetime, 23 Creative Arts
  • Hulu: 2 Primetime, 8 Creative Arts
  • Apple TV+: 4 Primetime, 5 Creative Arts
  • Disney+: 0 Primetime, 9 Creative Arts
  • Amazon Prime Video: 1 Primetime, 6 Creative Arts

HBO and HBO Max nabbed the most wins at this year’s Emmy Awards by Lauren Forristal originally published on TechCrunch

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As Apple’s WeatherKit launches, Dark Sky for iOS to wind down operations by year-end

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Bad news for Dark Sky users: The popular weather app Apple acquired in March 2020 now has an official shutdown date. According to a notification appearing on the app’s home screen, Dark Sky will no longer be available as of January 1, 2023, as its forecasting technology has now been integrated with Apple’s own Weather application.

The news is not surprising, though it is disappointing.

Following the acquisition, Apple promptly wound down the Android and Wear OS versions of Dark Sky and said it would no longer accept signups for Dark Sky’s API, which had allowed third-party app developers to access the company’s database of weather forecasts and historical weather data. It later pushed back the API service’s closure until the end of 2022, and said the iOS app would shut down around the same time.

The writing was on the wall. After all, Dark Sky’s app had not been the key focus for Apple’s deal — it was the forecasting technology and the weather service itself.

Apple saw the potential in turning Dark Sky’s API into its own revenue-generating business. Previously, that API had offered 1,000 API calls for free, then charged $0.0001 for each subsequent call. At Apple’s WWDC 2022, alongside the launch of a default weather app for iPad, Apple announced it would transition the API’s paying customers to its new weather service, WeatherKit, where it would provide up to 500,000 API calls per month as part of its Apple Developer Program membership during the beta period and beyond.

It will then go on to charge businesses for additional data at the following rates:

  • 1 million calls/month: US$49.99
  • 2 million calls/month: US$99.99
  • 5 million calls/month: US$249.99
  • 10 million calls/month: US$499.99
  • 20 million calls/month: US$999.99

As of yesterday’s iOS 16 launch, Apple also officially launched its WeatherKit subscriptions, noting developers could now access this weather data in apps built for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16 and watchOS 9 with a platform-specific Swift API and for other platforms with a REST API. Developers can upgrade for more calls or downgrade at any time via the Account tab in the Apple Developer app, the company noted.

Given this service is now live and integrated with Apple’s Weather app, it’s understandable that Apple will close Dark Sky’s iOS app. But the interesting thing here is that even though the Dark Sky app is directly pointing users to the Apple Weather app as part of its notification to existing users, Apple doesn’t necessarily have to convince those users to make the switch in order to benefit.

Because Apple bought Dark Sky’s backend weather data service, it will now have the chance to generate revenue whenever users turn to another third-party weather app that’s tapping into WeatherKit. For now, it’s unclear how many former Dark Sky API customers will make that transition, however, as the WeatherKit service has just gone live.

It is a shame to see Dark Sky’s consumer-facing product go, however. The well-designed app has been a longtime favorite for many, thanks to its easy-to-read user interface with tappable buttons for quickly swapping between forecasts for the day’s temperatures, precipitation probability, humidity, UV Index, and more, as well as its radar maps and customizable notifications.

Thankfully, there’s still an ecosystem of third-party weather apps available that bring a little more visual flair to forecasts, if Apple’s own weather app doesn’t inspire. Among our favorites: CARROT Weather, (Not Boring) Weather, MyRadar and Clime (if you’re willing to subscribe).

 

As Apple’s WeatherKit launches, Dark Sky for iOS to wind down operations by year-end by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

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Apple TV’s ‘Ted Lasso’ Wins Second Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards

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Monday night at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, Apple TV+ series “Ted Lassoscored its second Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy, becoming only the eighth series in the genre in 74 years of Emmy history to do so.

The second season of “Ted Lasso” also became the most Emmy-winning comedy for the second year in a row with four total wins, including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jason Sudeikis), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Brett Goldstein), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (MJ Delaney).

Ted Lasso joins an elite group of series scoring Outstanding Comedy Series wins in their first two years. The other shows that pulled off the feat are: “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Frasier,” “The Golden Girls,” “Cheers,” “All in the Family” and “The Phil Silvers Show.”

“We’re so grateful and humbled to see ‘Ted Lasso’ honored with back-to-back wins for best comedy as audiences around the world continue to love the show and these characters as much as we do,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “It has been such an honor for all of us at Apple to collaborate with the exceptionally gifted cast and creative team to bring this heartwarming, hilarious, and kind series to the screen. We sincerely thank the Television Academy for recognizing the show and appreciate everyone for believing.”

“It is incredibly rewarding to see ‘Ted Lasso’ join the ranks of legendary comedies with best comedy wins for its first two seasons,” said Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “We send our warmest congratulations to everyone on the cast and crew, and to Jason, Brett, and MJ for their individual Emmy Awards. We thank the Television Academy and also our spectacular teams who have worked tirelessly to bring this very special series to viewers across the globe.”

In total, Apple TV+ landed nine Emmy Awards this year, including five Creative Arts Emmy Awards with “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” earning the top honor for Outstanding Short Form Comedy, its fifth win in a row; celebrated Best Drama Series nominee “Severance” making its Emmy debut with two wins including Outstanding Music Composition for a Series and Outstanding Main Title Design; Apple’s critically acclaimed “Schmigadoon!” winning Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics; and dramatic mystery series “Home Before Dark” landing the previously announced juried award for Outstanding Motion Design.

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Apple Releases tvOS 16 to Public – Brings Nintendo Switch Controller Support, Cross-Device Connectivity, More

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Apple today released tvOS 16 to the public, the newest version of the tvOS operating system that is available for the Apple TV 4K and the ‌Apple TV‌ HD.

The ‌tvOS 16 update can be downloaded via the Settings app on the ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ by going to “System” -> “Software Update.” If you have automatic software updates turned on your Apple TV will be upgraded to ‌‌tvOS 16 automatically.

tvOS 16 updates usually contain much fewer new features than we see in iOS or macOS updates, and tvOS 16 is no exception.

The update brings game controller support for Nintendo Joy-Cons and the Nintendo Pro Controller. When Apple’s Matter finally launches, the ‌Apple TV‌ with tvOS 16 installed will support it and it will offer improved interoperability between smart home accessories from different companies.

tvOS 16 also brings cross-device connectivity, a feature that lets developers integrate ‌Apple TV‌ apps with ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, and Apple Watch apps to unlock new experiences on ‌Apple TV‌.

Multi-user profiles have been improved through the use of a shared keychain, meaning users won’t need to sign in and choose their profile when launching an ‌Apple TV‌ app.

Other more minor changes and improvements in tvOS 16 are:

  • New SwiftUI elements that developers can take advantage of in their own apps.
  • Users can now add additional family members inside of Control Center
  • New rich previews for Apple TV+ content to boost discovery
  • Intensity levels are now displayed on-screen in Apple Fitness+ workouts, with levels ranging from “easy” to “all-out.”
  • New toggle for 24-hour or 12-hour time formats.
  • A new Hover Text option in Accessibility

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Roku’s latest update adds short-form video, a universal save list and ‘continue watching’ feature

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Alongside its fall hardware update, which included new streaming and audio devices, Roku today unveiled the features it has in store for the next version of its media software, Roku OS 11.5. This time around, the platform maker is looking to advance its own offerings, like its Live TV experience. It also wants to better cater to viewers who are struggling to keep up with a range of film and TV content across a growing number of streaming services by offering new features like an expanded universal watch list, a platform-wide “continue watching” feature and a new discovery center called “The Buzz,” featuring short-form content.

Many of the new features see Roku returning to its roots as a company that focuses more on connecting customers to the many streaming services they enjoy, instead of heavily pushing its own free streaming hub, The Roku Channel, and subscription platform.

For instance, one new feature is transforming Roku’s “Save List,” previously available only on The Roku Channel and in the mobile app, into a platform-wide universal watch list that lets viewers save movies and shows from across their services to a single destination. This feature will now also be located within the “What to Watch” hub on Roku’s Home Screen Menu, in addition to the mobile app.

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To use the feature, Roku customers will see a “Save” option on the newly revamped movie and TV show details pages, which now sport a more visual design. This “Save” option will let the user add a given title to their Save List for later viewing. This could be particularly useful for titles that are still only available for rent or purchase, but may hit a customer’s subscription streaming services at a later date, as well as those they just want to remind themselves to watch later.

Save Lists will additionally arrive in Canada, the U.K. and Ireland with this release.

Another feature, “Continue Watching,” will also be located in this “What to Watch” hub, giving customers a quick way to jump back into titles they were previously viewing. And it doesn’t only work with The Roku Channel, the company says — it will support top streamers like Netflix, HBO Max and Paramount+, too. The company hinted more partners were on the way, but could not share names.

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Roku also can’t seem to escape consumer demand for short-form content.

Like Netflix, which entered this space with its comedy-focused “Fast Laughs” feature on mobile before expanding to the TV earlier this year, Roku is also now embracing short-form video with a new Home Screen addition called “The Buzz.”

But unlike Netflix, it’s not creating any of this short content itself. Instead, it’s leaving that up to partners, including AMC+, Apple TV+, BET+, Crackle, Hallmark Movies Now, IGN, Plex, Popcornflix, SHOWTIME, Starz, The CW, Tubi, Vevo and Wondrium.

These brands will post short-form video clips, trailers, interviews and even images to engage Roku viewers who are looking for something new to watch. Viewers can “like” these posts and save the content to watch later through the updated watch list feature. They also can follow profiles, as on social media, or immediately start streaming the promoted title. The company said the feature would expand over time with more content and partners.

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The updated software will also introduce a few features that cater to Roku’s own interests.

One of these is the new Roku Store, which lets consumers shop for both free and paid streaming channels. This is more of an update to the existing channel search experience, as the store will better organize the available offerings by category in more of a marketplace format.

Roku will also promote its foray into Live TV with a dedicated Live TV Channel “Guide” button on its mobile app remote, which will likely appeal more to recent cord-cutters who still want a cable TV-like experience.

At launch, this Live TV Guide will include content from The Roku Channel, over-the-air content from a connected TV tuner, free AVOD (ad-supported video on demand) channels and premium subscription channels launched through The Roku Channel’s subscription platform.

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By pushing the new button, users will be able to browse and search channels or filter their discovery efforts by way of new channel categories — Recents, Favorites and Subscribed. The latter will connect users to their Premium stations from The Roku Channel. Customers can also browse the Live TV offering by genre, like News, Sports, Movies, Entertainment, Kids, Crime, Music and En Espanol.

Related to Live TV, Roku will later introduce a centralized discovery location for sports content that will help viewers find live sports on now, as well as replays and other sports-related content.

Among the smaller updates in this release is an enhancement to Roku’s voice feature that adds a display on-screen showing the channel options related to a voice search. This way, Roku Voice can ask a follow-up question, like asking which channel in the list the user wanted, and the user can respond more conversationally by saying something like “the second one.”

The company is also expanding its Bluetooth Private Listening feature, which lets users listen to TV through headphones so as not to disturb others. This now supports the company’s newest Roku Ultra and its audio devices the Streambar and Streambar Pro.

The company notes the Roku OS 11.5 update is arriving in the months ahead, but says some features may appear sooner instead of waiting to be packaged as a part of the larger OS release.

Roku also today introduced a new version of the Roku Express streaming player ($29.99) with dual-band Wi-Fi and additional storage, and a new product called Roku Wireless Bass ($129.99).

Roku’s latest update adds short-form video, a universal save list and ‘continue watching’ feature by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

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Amber Brown — Best Friend Quiz with Carsyn Rose and Liliana Inouye | Apple TV+

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Just like Amber and Brandi, Carsyn Rose and Liliana Inouye’s friendship is a masterpiece. Amber Brown is now streaming on Apple TV+

Based on the book by Paula Danziger, Amber Brown follows a young girl finding her voice through music and art in the wake of her parents’ divorce and her best friend moving away.

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Gutsy — Extra Gutsy Women at Dance Theatre Harlem | Apple TV+

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Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Clinton visit the first African American prima ballerina, Virginia Johnson, at the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem to hear about the importance of art creating hope. Stream Gutsy now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Gutsy

Inspired by the Clintons’ acclaimed New York Times bestselling book, “The Book of Gutsy Women,” the docuseries features Hillary and Chelsea as they embark on a thought-provoking journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders and everyday heroes who show us what it truly means to be gutsy.

Joining the Clintons are a number of extraordinary, courageous, and resilient women who have made an impact in their community and on the world, including Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and many more.

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YouTube TV Introduces 5.1 Surround Sound on Apple TV

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One rather glaring omission of YouTube TV has been a lack of decent surround sound support on most platforms. That’s now changing, according to a Sept. 6 announcement from the streaming service’s Twitter account. YouTube TV now supports 5.1 surround sound for compatible content on Apple TV and other devices. Bringing 5.1 Surround Sound to […]
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YouTube TV delivers 5.1 surround sound to Apple TV and Fire TV devices

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YouTube TV announced on Twitter yesterday that it now supports 5.1 audio on Apple TVs and Amazon Fire TV devices. With the update, users can enjoy a movie theater-like experience in their homes. Surround sound is only available on compatible YouTube TV programs, and the feature is free for all subscribers. Note that you need the latest version of the YouTube TV App to access 5.1 audio.

To see which content supports 5.1 surround sound, users can go to player controls, select “More,” find the bug icon, and then look for the Codecs section. If the program supports 5.1 audio, “AC-3 / EAC-3” will be listed.

YouTube TV tweeted that the new audio capability is not yet available on gaming consoles, but the company is working on bringing it to game console users.

The update comes three months after YouTube TV released surround sound capability for Google TV, Android TV and Roku devices. Google initially announced plans to add 5.1 surround sound capability for YouTube TV last year. The company previously rolled out the audio feature to compatible smart TVs (Samsung, LG and Vizio) and Chromecast.

YouTube TV delivers 5.1 surround sound to Apple TV and Fire TV devices by Lauren Forristal originally published on TechCrunch

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Apple sneaks in a ‘Severance’ Season 2 teaser during its iPhone 14 event

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So you’re sitting there watching all of the new gadget news from Apple this afternoon — a new Apple Watch Series 8, SE, Ultra, new AirPods Pro…and then, wait — is that Helly R.? If you’re a fan of the Apple TV+ series “Severance,” you might have caught a little Easter egg or two during Apple’s iPhone 14 presentation this afternoon. The Cupertino company teased viewers about the much-anticipated season two of the popular Apple TV+ show amid the deluge of hardware news by offering a couple of brief scenes that featured the show’s lead actor riding the subway — something we’ve never seen her do.

The scenes could possibly indicate we’ll get to follow Helly’s character further outside the office in the upcoming episodes.

If you haven’t caught on yet to “Severance,” the Emmy-nominated Outstanding Drama Series features a dark take on work/life balance. Instead of employees engaged in “quiet quitting,” the workers in this sci-fi series opt for a high-tech medical procedure — “severance” — that surgically divides your memories of work life from those of your real life — and vice versa.

But whatever is really going on at Lumon, the cultlike company they work for in the macrodata refinement division, remains a mystery for the time being.

At the end of season one, the employees had teamed up on a plan to try to figure things out, leading to some big reveals about who these people were outside their work personas. The newer employee Helly Riggs, played by actor Britt Lower, will certainly be a focus in the forthcoming episodes given what we learned about her in the season one finale. (No spoilers here, just go watch!)

Thanks to her distinctive red hair, Helly’s character was easy to identify in a couple of scenes during the iPhone event presentation today.

She first appears in a video following the introduction of the new AirPods Pro.

You can catch a glimpse of Helly shortly after Apple presenter and senior engineer Mary-Ann Rau touts the new device’s better noise-cancellation capabilities while standing in a noisy subway car — double that of the original AirPods Pro, she says. As the clip ends, Rau steps out of the train car and onto the platform. And that’s when we spot Helly waiting to step on.

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Later, Apple pulls a Marvel-like end credits tease. After Tim Cook bids us farewell, the camera pans up to the stars above Apple Park — in an Apple logo, of course. The scene fades and Helly appears again.

This time, she’s again about to board the subway, still dressed in her work attire and carrying a large brown tote. The image flickers a little here — could this mean someone is pulling the levers back at corporate to swap her brain from work mode to another? (As we learned later in the season, the medical procedure Helly underwent to become a so-called severed worker can do a few other things too!)

Apple hasn’t yet said when viewers will get more of “Severance,” only that it’s been picked up for a second season.

The workplace thriller hails from executive producer Ben Stiller and creator Dan Erickson, and features an ensemble cast, including Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette; Adam Scott; Emmy Award winner John Turturro; Britt Lower; Zach Cherry; Dichen Lachman; Jen Tullock; Tramell Tillman; Michael Chernus; and Academy Award winner Christopher Walken. Its first season can be streamed from Apple TV+.

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Sago Mini Friends — Easy As Eight (Music Video) | Apple TV+

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Learning to count is easy when you have eight tentacles. Join Dennis the Octopus and the rest of the Sago Mini Friends crew to sing along!

Based on the award-winning app Sago Mini World, get ready to play with all your favorite pocket pals when Sago Mini Friends come to life on September 16 on Apple TV+

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Sago Mini Friends — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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There’s a lot to be thankful for in the town of Sagoville. Based on the award-winning app Sago Mini Friends, get ready to play with all your favorite pocket pals when Sago Mini Friends come to life on September 16 on Apple TV+

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New EU Draft Proposals to Require Phone Makers to Provide Spare Parts for at Least Five Years, More

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If a new European Union draft proposal passes, Apple and other smartphone makers will be required to provide spare parts for at least five years from the date of a device’s introduction and ensure longer battery life.

As reported by the Financial Times, the proposals would require at least 15 different components to be made available, while batteries should survive at least 500 full charges without deteriorating to below 83% of capacity.

Any phones sold in EU countries will also be required to display an energy efficiency label, similar to those used on appliances. The labels would show expected battery life and other information.

The draft regulations would apply to mobile phones and tablets and are aimed at making hardware more repairable and recyclable, allegedly cutting the energy consumption in device production and use by a third.

Currently, Apple allows iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac owners to obtain service and parts from Apple service providers for a minimum of five years from when Apple last offered the device for sale.

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Studio Ghibli films just became available to rent on major digital platforms Apple TV, Amazon and more

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It’s an exciting day for Studio Ghibli fans — fans in the United States and Canada, that is. The majority of Studio Ghibli’s film catalog has just been released to major digital rental platforms, such as Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft and Vudu, a report by Variety confirms. For the first time, Studio Ghibli’s films can finally be rented digitally in North America.

Critically acclaimed titles like “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and the award-winning “Spirited Away” will be available to rent for as low as $3.99. However, although Google Play lists the titles at a $5.99 price point, it has a sale where the titles are available to rent for just $3.99 at present.

All films will be available in HD, and customers can rent original Japanese-language or English-dubbed versions.

Other titles now available to rent are “Castle in the Sky,” “Ponyo,” “When Marnie Was There,” “Princess Mononoke,” “The Cat Returns,” “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” “Earwig and the Witch,” “From Up on Poppy Hill,” “My Neighbors the Yamadas,” “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” “Ocean Waves,” “Only Yesterday,” “Pom Poko,” “Porco Rosso,” “The Secret World of Arrietty,” “Tales from Earthsea,” “Whisper of the Heart” and “The Wind Rises.”

For years, the Japanese animation studio didn’t make their films available digitally, and viewers couldn’t download the titles legally. In 2017, GKIDS, a U.S. film distribution company, acquired North American theatrical distribution rights for Studio Ghibli. As of 2019, Studio Ghibli’s films have been available for download-to-own in the United States and Canada on Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Microsoft.

GKIDS also struck a U.S. streaming deal with HBO Max, bringing 21 Studio Ghibli films to the platform in 2020.

Now that customers can rent the movies, they no longer have to pay for a $9.99 or $14.99 subscription to HBO Max. They also don’t have to purchase Studio Ghibli films on digital platforms for roughly $12 to $17. Viewers can enjoy the enchanting and adorable anime movies that many of us love for a significantly lower price.

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