Universal Electronics to launch Apple TV remote for cable companies

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A new Apple TV remote is here, but there is a huge caveat.

What you need to know

  • Universal Electronics is launching its own Apple TV remote.
  • It will only be available to customers who subscribe to certain cable and satellite television services.

In a press release, Universal Electronics has announced that it is launching its own remote to control the Apple TV. The remote, in addition to controlling the Apple TV, is designed for those who also need to control a cable or satellite television system. The remote will be released next year and will be exclusively available to cable providers.

Paul Arling, CEO of Universal Electronics Inc., says that the remote was designed to meet the needs of more customers who access their live television through the Apple TV.

“We’re excited that customers worldwide will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, designed specifically for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers. This remote offers convenient features to quickly access the EPG or channel surf live programming available through the MVPD’s app on Apple TV 4K.”

Cable and satellite television providers can begin placing orders for the new remote next month. Below is the full feature list of the new remote:

  • Advanced Search & Control: Customers can ask Siri to find and access content across live TV and streaming apps*
  • Enhanced Controls for Live TV: Dedicated program guide and channel keys provide easy and instant access to key live TV viewing functions
  • Whole Entertainment System Control: Modeless support and universal control of Apple TV, as well as televisions and audio devices from any brand or manufacturer
  • Reliable and Secure Communication: Integrated design with UE878, UEI’s reliable and highly integrated BLE chipset optimized for voice control, and Apple’s MFi authentication chip for secure connectivity with Apple TV
  • Premium Fit and Feel: Elegant and ergonomic form factor with hard-capped keys on metal domes for enhanced tactile feedback
  • Automated Backlit Keys: Accelerometer and ambient light sensor to automatically backlight keys in low light environments when the remote is picked up or moved
  • MVPD Branding: Service providers can add their own company brand on the remote

There are actually some other programmable remotes that work with the Apple TV. Check them out in our list of the Best Remotes for Apple TV in 2020.

The remote, as explained above, is only available for cable and satellite television companies. This means that you won’t be able to purchase the remote yourself unless it is offered through your television subscription service. Hopefully, this will change in the long run, as there are many Apple TV users who want a different remote than the one that comes with the streaming box.

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Doug Unplugs — What is A Beach? | Apple TV+

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When things don’t compute, Doug unplugs and asks Emma why people go to the beach. Doug Unplugs is available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Doug Unplugs — What is Fun? | Apple TV+

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Emma teaches Doug how to have fun by playing lots of different games. Full episodes of Doug Unplugs are available now, exclusively on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Doug Unplugs — What is A Restaurant? | Apple TV+

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It’s dinner time! Emma teaches Doug and his bot family about dining at a restaurant. Doug Unplugs is available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Doug Unplugs — What is A Farm? | Apple TV+

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Doug and Emma head to the farm to meet Doug’s Nana and Grandbot. Doug Unplugs is available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Doug Unplugs — What is An Adventure? | Apple TV+

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Doug learns all about imagination. You have to pretend, not plug in! Doug Unplugs is available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Doug Unplugs — What is A Habitat? | Apple TV+

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When a little duck loses his way, Doug and Emma try to help him find his way back home. Doug Unplugs is available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Doug Unplugs — What is A Vacation? | Apple TV+

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Emma shows Doug all of the fun adventures that are in store when you go on a vacation. Doug Unplugs is available on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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The Oprah Conversation — Barack Obama Teaser | Apple TV+

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In 2008, Barack Obama made history by becoming the first Black President of the United States. After spending eight years in the oval office and winning the Nobel Peace Prize, he wrote a memoir reflecting on that period, giving readers unfiltered access to that extraordinary time. Watch free now through December 1 on the Apple TV app: https://apple.co/_the-oprah-conversation

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Universal introduce Apple remote for operators

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Universal Electronics Inc (UEI) is to introduce a new remote control for Apple TV that’s been specifically developed and designed to meet the needs of cable, satellite, IPTV platforms.

It’s been designed to enhance the live TV experience with Apple TV 4K available through MVPDs, including instant EPG access and channel buttons.

“We’re excited that customers worldwide will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, designed specifically for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers,” said Paul Arling, CEO, Universal Electronics Inc. “This remote offers convenient features to quickly access the EPG or channel surf live programming available through the MVPD’s app on Apple TV 4K.”

The new remote combines Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity together with Infrared to provide universal control.

With operators such as Proximus, Vodafone and Eir offering their customers an Apple TV box as part of their TV package, Universal wants to enhance the experience.

The remote integrates with UE878, UEI’s reliable and highly integrated BLE chipset optimized for voice control, and Apple’s MFi authentication chip for secure connectivity with Apple TV. Accelerometer and ambient light sensor to automatically backlight keys in low light environments when the remote is picked up or moved.

There’s also space for operator branding.

Orders can be placed from December.

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Is this Apple’s Christmas surprise? (Probably not)

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Mariah Carey has become an Apple product

An Apple TV+ show featuring Mariah Carey may not be the Apple Christmas surprise you had in mind, but is it possible that’s what we should expect?

Is an Apple TV+ show the surprise?

The news comes scant days since an Apple leaker predicted, “You’ll get a Christmas surprise from Apple (PS: Winter exclusive, good for winter).

This set off a train of speculation, including everything from a special AirTags launch event to Apple Pay discounts or free winter-related apps.

But could it actually be Carey’s TV+ Christmas show?

It’s not quite a surprise, after all. Apple announced work on a Christmas-focused Apple TV+ show featuring Mariah Carey last summer and the Hollywood Reporter now claims she’ll be joined by Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande for the show.

Other slebs will include Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris. Meanwhile, Apple’s world class TV production team continues to make plans.

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special will apparently mix music, dance and animation and the first song (Oh Santa) has already been recorded, that report says. The show and its soundtrack will be made available December 4. To promote the show, Carey will join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe for a December 7 special.

Faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there’s only one person who can save the day: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry.

“Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” is executive produced by Carey, as well as Ian Stewart, Raj Kapoor and Ashley Edens for Done + Dusted. BAFTA Award winner Hamish Hamilton and Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Roman Coppola direct, and also serve as executive producers, and the special is written by Caroline Fox.

Of course, one thing Santa needs every year is some way for the kids to track him on his journey…

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Becoming You — The Making Of | Apple TV+

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Go inside the making of Becoming You — an extraordinary new docuseries on childhood development that spans 11 countries around the globe. Becoming You follows the journey of 100 children during their first 2,000 days of life, reminding us that when it comes to raising children, we’re more alike than we are different. Now available on Apple TV+ https://apple.com/_BecomingYou

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Doug Unplugs — Doug Explores the Grocery Store | Apple TV+

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Even the grocery store can be full of fun and games. Join Emma and Doug as they go on a scavenger hunt. Doug Unplugs is available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Doug Unplugs — Doug Explores the Woods | Apple TV+

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Doug and his friends love to explore the great outdoors. Watch all of their adventures on Doug Unplugs, available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Doug Unplugs — Doug Explores the Beach | Apple TV+

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Doug and Emma have fun activities in store with a day at the beach! Watch Doug Unplugs, available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Earth At Night In Color — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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With cutting-edge camera technology, witness life after dark in this new docuseries, narrated by Tom Hiddleston. Watch Earth At Night In Color December 4 on Apple TV+ https://apple.co_EarthAtNightInColor

Song: “Dead of Night” by Ruelle https://apple.co/_DeadofNight

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Doug Unplugs — Doug Explores the World | Apple TV+

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The more questions you ask, the more adventures you discover! Doug Unplugs is available now, exclusively on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_DougUnplugs

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Servant — Season 2 Official Teaser | Apple TV+

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Where’s Jericho? Watch Servant Season 2 on January 15th and catch up on Season 1 now on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_Servant

From M. Night Shyamalan, Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.

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Stillwater — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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Slow down, and marvel in the moment. Bring the family together and share in the quiet wonders of the world with Stillwater. Coming exclusively to Apple TV+ December 4. https://apple.co/_Stillwater

Siblings Karl, Addy, and Michael have a very special next-door neighbor: a wise panda named Stillwater. His friendship and stories give them new perspectives on the world, themselves, and each other.

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How to enable HDR on Apple TV 4K

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If you want the best picture on your Apple TV 4K, then you should turn on HDR. Here’s how to do it.

High Dynamic Range — the latest must-have TV feature, offers the deepest of darks and the brightest colors possible, taking the viewing experience on Apple TV 4K to a whole new level. If you have a more recent 4K TV, then the chances are high that it supports HDR, so if you haven’t set up the best Apple TV— the Apple TV 4K, to use it, then you are missing out. All it takes is a few swipes and a couple of clicks on the Siri Remote to turn it on. Here’s how to enable HDR on the Apple TV 4K.

How to enable HDR on Apple TV 4K

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and Audio.

  3. Click Enable HDR.
  4. Click Try HDR.

  5. Click OK to save the setting if your picture looks correct.

    • If your TV’s image shows color issues or distortion, click Cancel to return to your previous settings.
    • If your TV does not support HDR, the screen may go completely blank. After 20 seconds, the Apple TV will automatically return to your previous video settings.

How to disable HDR on Apple TV 4K

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and Audio.

  3. Click Format.
  4. Click 4K SDR or another SDR option to disable HDR.

That is all there is to it! By enabling HDR with your Apple TV 4K, you are ready to experience the latest and greatest video format that offers the darkest of blacks and the brightest colors. Once you turn on HDR, you can adjust resolution and video settings in the Format menu, with options to revert to 4K SDR if desired.

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Apple TV app now available on PlayStation Network ahead of PS5 launch

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Early reports say that it’s “blazing fast”

What you need to know

  • You can now download the Apple TV app on PlayStation.
  • The app is available on the PlayStation Network on PS4.
  • It also means the app will be available for PS5 from launch.

The Apple TV app is now available to download on the PlayStation Network ahead of the PS5 launch today.

As noted by Sigmund Judge:

Judge notes that the PlayStation version of the app “may be the best version of the TV app as far as performance goes”, describing it as “blazing fast”. The app also supports Remote Play.

Sony announced back in October that Apple TV would be available for PS5 on Day 1, alongside a host of other streaming services including Disney+, Netflix, Twitch, and YouTube. As Judge notes, the app is available globally from the PlayStation Network on PS4 ahead of today’s PS5 launch.

Sony’s new PS5 comes out today, November 12, in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. It will roll out to the rest of the world next week on November 19. The PS5 costs $499, whilst the PS5 Digital Edition will be $399.

Where to buy PS5

The new app is also a chance for Apple to put its Apple TV+ streaming platform in the home of millions of potential new users. It will also allow PlayStation users to enjoy all of their already-purchased iTunes content, including movies and TV shows.

Apple TV+ boasts a library of steadily-growing original content, including WWII thriller Greyhound, starring Tom Hanks, and the smash-hit comedy series Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis.

With the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S being released earlier this week, Apple TV is also available to download on the Xbox Series X and Series S.

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Helpsters — Shake That Fur l Apple TV+

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It’s time to shake it like a Helpster. Watch the team break it down with a dance party and catch more of the Helpsters on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Helpsters

Meet Cody and the Helpsters, a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out—because everything starts with a plan.

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Roku begins adding AirPlay 2, HomeKit to streaming devices

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The expansion of the Apple media ecosystem continues with news that Roku is now rolling out its promised update that gives AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to its devices.

HomePlay and AirPlay 2 for Roku

Rollout has already begun with updates adding these features being made available to the Ultra Streambar, Smart Soundbar speakers, Premiere and Streaming Stick Plus. Other devices will receive the update in the next few days, the company said.

“With regular automatic software updates, the Roku OS enables consumers to easily get to the entertainment they want via the new features we add over time,” said Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS at Roku in a press release.

“With Roku OS 9.4 now available on streaming players, we are adding all-new ways to navigate and control content-rich experiences on Roku devices as well as ensuring Roku devices provide a great entertainment experience for customers, regardless of what other technology products they prefer in their homes and particularly with the addition of Apple AirPlay and HomeKit.”

What devices are getting this?

The following Roku devices should benefit from this release as they support 4K, but do check before purchase:

Roku intends making this available to all but its oldest models and the 2015 Roku Play, which also won’t receive the update. All other current systems should do so. A 4K Roku TV purchased in the last three years should receive the upgrade, unless its model number begins with 6.

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How to set your HomePod as your default speaker on Apple TV

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The HomePod is an excellent way to create a more immersive experience with the Apple TV, and with the release of tvOS 14.2, you can finally set it as the default speaker. Now, with just a few simple steps, you can route all of your Apple TV 4K’s audio to a solo HomePod or a Stereo Pair, including apps and games, without having to jump through menu after menu. Here’s how to set your HomePod as your default speaker for Apple TV.

Requirements

To get started with using your HomePod as your default speaker on Apple TV, you must be running iOS 14.2 or later on your HomePod and tvOS 14.2 or later on Apple TV 4K. You will also need to have a home set up in the Home app, and both your Apple TV 4K and HomePod must reside in the same room.

How to set your HomePod as your default speaker on Apple TV

Note: This feature is only available with the Apple TV 4K and the original HomePod. It doesn’t work with the Apple TV HD or the HomePod mini.

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and Audio.

  3. Click Default Audio Output.
  4. Select your HomePod with a click.

How to set your HomePod as your default speaker on Apple TV through the Home app on iPhone and iPad

In addition to setting up your HomePod as a default speaker directly on the Apple TV 4K, you can also use the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the House icon (on iPad, skip to the next step).
  3. Tap on the name of the Room that your Apple TV is located in.

  4. Tap and hold on your Apple TV.
  5. Tap the Settings icon.
  6. Tap Default Audio Output.

  7. Select the HomePod that you wish to use with a tap.
    • Only HomePods assigned to the same room as the Apple TV will be available for selection.
    • HomePods in a Stereo Pair are also available to use as your default speaker.
  8. Tap Back after selecting your HomePod.
  9. Tap the X button to save your selection.

By setting your HomePod as your default speaker for your Apple TV, you no longer have to worry about switching to it every time you want a more immersive experience. Switching to the HomePod as the default speaker also moves all of the Apple TV’s audio to the smart speaker, including navigation sounds, HomeKit camera audio, and even sounds from games.

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Source: imore.com

Apple TV app launches on Xbox day before Series S and Series X launch

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The Apple TV app is now available on the Xbox.

What you need to know

  • Apple has rolled out its Apple TV app on the Xbox.
  • Customers can use the app to stream Apple TV+ and other streaming services.
  • The rollout comes the day before Microsoft launches its Xbox Series S and Series X consoles.

Reported by Tom Warren from The Verge, Apple has rolled out its Apple TV app for Xbox consoles today. Warren posted to Twitter announcing that the app was now available on the Xbox and included a video showing off the interface that Xbox owners can expect to see.

“Apple TV app is now available on Xbox consoles. Here’s a quick look at the UI.”

Apple has been rolling out the Apple TV app to a ton of devices over the last year. In addition to offering the app on its own devices like the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, the company also rolled out support for the Apple TV app to some smart TVs, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. The Xbox is the first major gaming console to get support for the app.

While it is not available yet on the Playstation, Apple is reportedly working with Sony to bring the Apple TV app to that gaming console as well. Apple has been working hard to bring the app to as many streaming devices as possible in order to boost subscribers to its Apple TV+ streaming service.

The launch of the Apple TV app comes the day before Microsoft launches its new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles to the world.

Check out Tom Warren’s video showcasing the new Apple TV app on Xbox below:

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Source: imore.com