Apple, Time-Warner in talks over new Apple TV device: report

SAN FRANCISCO Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:08pm EST

The Apple logo is pictured at its flagship retail store in San Francisco, California January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The Apple logo is pictured at its flagship retail store in San Francisco, California January 27, 2014.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks with Time Warner Cable and other content partners for a faster TV set-top box with a new user-interface that could be revealed as soon as April, Bloomberg cited sources familiar with the matter as saying.

The iPhone maker, whose $99 Apple TV box competes with similar streaming devices from Roku and Google Inc, intends to have its new device in stores in time for the Christmas holidays, Bloomberg cited the anonymous sources as saying.

A tie-up with Time Warner Cable would be the first with a pay-TV operator, Bloomberg reported. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr declined to comment. Time Warner Cable also declined comment.

Apple, which in the past has referred to its set-top box product as a hobby, regularly discusses partnerships with content companies. But the company has recently given the product, which plugs into a TV and streams videos from Netflix and other content providers, more prominent placement on its online storefront.

Speculation persists that the company is developing some sort of major TV product to disrupt the traditional cable industry, but that has yet to materialize.

(Editing by Diane Craft)

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riposte wrote:
how many tvs on cable, in each home and apt today?….how many tvs on cable, even in the unemployed and those on welfare homes and apts?..id say these are very wise decisions that apple is making…

Feb 12, 2014 6:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
timebandit wrote:
If it can’t be jailbroken, it’ll sell as well as the ATV3 – which is to say: not at all.

Any partnership between Apple and cable, Time Warner or any other corporate conglomerate, would be the kiss of death.

Feb 12, 2014 7:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Vnet101254 wrote:
There are some speculations that the new Aple TV 4, 1’ can come out in March.

http://geekperspective.net/new-apple-tv-4-1-arrive-soon-march/

Feb 14, 2014 7:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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