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Apple Ends TV Episode Rentals, Sticks with Purchases

Apple Ends TV Episode Rentals, Sticks with Purchases

If you're one of the 10 people in the world that actually simply rented a bunch of television shows from iTunes over the last year or so, you're going to need a tissue. Apple has decided to pull the plug on all TV show rentals from iTunes, leaving only two options for the viewing of TV-related media: the purchase of individual episodes or the "Season Pass" for a year of your favorite show. This should come as no shock to the public, but does point toward a couple of future options for Apple as far as how they handle television content, the first being the relatively new "iTunes in the Cloud" service we first saw a few months ago.

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Apple To Launch TV Displays This Fall?

Apple To Launch TV Displays This Fall?

Apple may soon be getting into the TV business, if an insider source is correct. And we don't mean a revamp of the unfortunate Apple TV set-top box. We mean a full-blown Apple TV display. According to DailyTech, a former Apple executive revealed to them that the project has been in the works and could be unveiled as early as this fall.

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LG Display talks panels: OLED TV in 2013, IPS LCD in tablets other than iPad

LG Display talks panels: OLED TV in 2013, IPS LCD in tablets other than iPad

LG Display has revealed some panel plans - including details on which customers are using its OLED screens for upcoming smartphones - in its Q1 financial results call; however, OLED TV scale displays aren't expected to reach mass production until mid-2013. According to SeekingAlpha's transcript, LG Display confirmed that, from this month, it will be supplying IPS tablet-scale panels to more than just Apple (which uses the screens for the iPad 2), while implying that as well as supplying Nokia with smartphone-sized screens, it will also be pushing panels for LG handsets in the middle of this year.

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Apple HDTV coming this year?

Apple HDTV coming this year?

I mentioned yesterday that an analyst at Jefferies thought that evidence was pointing to Apple possibly launching a new video streaming platform and maybe even a new set-top box or TV this year. Another analyst at Ticonderoga Securities named Brian white has now announced that his research has led him to a very similar conclusion.

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Is Apple readying a new cloud video service and TV or set-top box?

Is Apple readying a new cloud video service and TV or set-top box?

The speculation surrounding what Steve Jobs and Apple have up their sleeves is never ending. An analyst at Jefferies named Peter Misek thinks he knows what will be next for Apple and he thinks that the product will revolutionize video just as iTunes revolutionized music. Misek bases his predictions on "weeks" of channel checking with developers and content partners on Apple's plans.

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McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

As 2011 prediction pieces go, McAfee Labs' threat report for the coming year is on the depressing side. The company's security researchers reckon that Apple kit along with mobile devices and geolocation services will be the most popular targets for threats in 2011, though smart TV systems like Google TV are also suggested as likely to see attacks. Clicking on Facebook and other social network links will also become a potentially harrowing experience, McAfee believes, with URL-shortening services used to redirect users to malware.

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Some iPad Owners Likely to Cancel TV Service, Survey Says

Some iPad Owners Likely to Cancel TV Service, Survey Says

According to a recent survey, it looks like a growing number of iPad owners out there in the wild are considering canceling their TV service within the next six months. The reason being, they apparently would much rather watch their favorite television shows on the Apple tablet device. And, for those who won't out-right cancel their service, there's still plenty others out there who have given a lot of thought to downgrading their service plans, so they can scale back the shows they watch on the big screen, and focus more on the smaller one.

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Apple TV v2.3.1 update yanks Boxee

Apple TV v2.3.1 update yanks Boxee

Apple have released a new update for the Apple TV, version 2.3.1, and users have discovered that it unceremoniously dumps the unofficial Boxee plugin from their set-top box.  Boxee is an open-source media player, and by installing it onto the Apple TV the STB is able to play just about any DRM-free multimedia file, rather than simply Apple's own iTunes content (or files specifically compatible with iTunes).

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iPhone 3G Softbank 1-Seg TV Tuner reviewed: power hungry but great

iPhone 3G Softbank 1-Seg TV Tuner reviewed: power hungry but great

Softbank's 1-Seg TV tuner for the iPhone 3G has gone on sale in Japan, meaning mobile media obsessed commuters can now entertain themselves with live TV as well as YouTube clips of kids getting over-excited about their Nintendo Wii.  The device, announced at the end of October, streams TV footage to the iPhone via WiFi; meanwhile a cable provides extra power from the tuner to the iPhone, in an attempt to prolong runtime.

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