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Following last weeks announcement, CBS All Access is now live within Apples TV app, appearing prominently under the ‘Try Apple TV Channels’ banner. Selecting CBS All Access will take users to the service’s dedicated page where potential subscribers can sign up for a free seven day trial, after which CBS All Access will cost $9.99 a month.

One of the benefits of Apple TV channels is that with Apple handling all billing you can now manage your subscriptions with ease, a la carte.

All content through Apple TV channels is hosted by Apple and can be viewed through the TV app’s unified interface on iOS, tvOS and Samsung TVs or via AirPlay (with Mac OS coming later this year), negating the need for multiple apps and passwords whilst syncing progress across devices.

In addition to channels subscription family sharing, active subscribers can also download CBS All Access content to their iOS device for offline viewing (with the exception of movies) as-well-as access CBS live streaming through the TV app.

Apple TV channel subscriptions announced so far include; HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.

Thanks Nico for the tip!

 
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Vizio is the latest television manufacturer to roll out support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. These features make it easier for iOS and OSX users to share content to the big screen as well as control their TVs power, volume and inputs through a combination of Siri voice commands and Apple’s Home and Remote apps.

Starting today, Vizio owners are required to update Vizio’s SmartCast 3.0 software which includes support for both. It should be noted compatible Vizio TVs will be updated in a phased process “through the coming months”.

Here is the list of compatible Vizio TVs:

VIZIO P-Series Quantum X (2019)

VIZIO P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018)

VIZIO P-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016)

VIZIO M-Series Quantum (2019)

VIZIO M-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016)

VIZIO E-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016 UHD models)

VIZIO V-Series (2019)

VIZIO D-Series (2018)

Vizio should be commended for the vast array of SmartCast TV models that will be compatible with both features; with some dating back to 2016. Other manufacturers in comparison are limiting these convenient features to their 2019 models and in some exceptions to last years models.

LG started rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some of their 2019 TVs yesterday whilst Sony are expected to roll out support for their flagship models in the near future. Samsung TVs will not support HomeKit compatibility in favour of their own SmartThings platform yet support AirPlay 2.  Samsung are also the first TV manufacturer to feature the Apple TV app, giving access to Apple TV Channels along with iTunes Movie and iTunes TV Show purchases and rentals. 

Read VIZIO, Inc’s full press release after the jump.

 
 

Deadline are reporting that  Apple have began work on an adaptation of Keshet International’s Hebrew-language TV show thriller, ‘False Flag.

This is the second Keshet series Apple will be adapting for Apple TV+ after it emerged last year work had began on a remake of Nevelot starring Richard Gere following an abandoned adaptation for HBO by Happy Madison.

Included in their article is a brief summary of the shows first season:

“The first season of the drama, which first aired on Israel’s Channel 2 in 2015, tells the story of five people, who wake up one morning to find themselves implicated in a ruthless kidnapping operation following the disappearance of the Iranian Defence Minister. As news bulletins repeatedly broadcast their names and photos, their attempts at denial are all in vain – the coverage sweeps them up in a maelstrom of publicity. At first, everyone is convinced that Mossad was behind the operation – but then the five civilians are stunned to discover that the government, which is supposed to protect them, as well as Mossad itself, denies all involvement and accuses them as suspects. Instead of helping them, the authorities persecute, investigate and point fingers, and even their loved ones begin to doubt their innocence.”

False Flag was an award winner and received distribution internationally:

“The original series, which won the Grand Prize at Series Mania and launched at Berlinale and was produced by Tender Productions, aired via Hulu in the U.S. and on Fox International Channels across its global portfolio of networks.”
 
 

Located on the west coast in Ireland’s 3rd largest city, Limericks Troy Studios will host production of ‘Foundation’ in the coming months after striking a deal with Apple -according to the Sunday Independent. The studio’s comprise of 350,000 square feet under one roof with an additional 70,000 square feet of soundstage space.

‘Foundation’ is an adaptation of  Isaac Asimovs book of the same name. The complex saga tells the story of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. With heavy influence on Star Wars among others, Asimovs ‘Foundation’ is regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi stories of all time, beating J.R.R. Tolkeins ‘The Lord of the Rings’ to the Hugo Award in 1966 for “Best All-Time Series”. Published in 1951 Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ was followed by ‘Foundation and Empire’ the following year, with the trilogy culminating with 1953’s ‘Second Foundation’. Asimov then followed up the original trilogy with two sequels: 1982’s ‘Foundation’s Edge’ and ‘Foundation and Earth’ released in 1986.

Following strong competition Apple acquired ‘Foundation’ for their upcoming streaming service after Skydance Television partnered with the estate of Isaac Asimov for rights to the book. The Apple TV+ original and Skydance Television production will be executively produced by David S. Goyer; most famous for his work on the ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Blade’ movie trilogies after co-showrunner Josh Friedman departed pre-production in April.

Foundation is expected to debut in 2020 as part of Apple TV+.

 
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Following four years on Valves VR team, Xbox co-creator Nat Brown shared the news that he had started work at Apple this week. It’s not clear just yet what specific graphic applications Nat Brown has been hired for. With the news coming just months before the launch of Apple Arcade, many are speculating his new role is related to the upcoming service.

In a blog post from 2013 titled ‘Stupid Stupid xBox’ Nat Brown was buoyant on the future gaming prospects of the Apple TV. He predicted the rise of Apple compared to xBox, PlayStation and Nintendo as Apples platforms embraced third party apps in an era where the gaming heavyweights weren’t so interested in indie game developers.

“Apple is already a games competitor broadly, even if Apple-TV isn’t yet a game platform or a console. Mobile generally and iPad specifically have grown the total hours of game play and grown the overall game market. Only in the last 18-24mo has that overall growth turned from a segment-expanding rising tide to a tsunami swamping the console game vendor profit boats hitched to the docks. It is accelerating. Apple, if it chooses to do so, will simply kill Playstation, Wii-U and xBox by introducing an open 30%-cut app/game ecosystem for Apple-TV. I already make a lot of money on iOS – I will be the first to write apps for Apple-TV when I can, and I know I’ll make money. I would for xBox if I could and I knew I would make money.  Maybe a “console-capable” Apple-TV isn’t $99, maybe it’s $199, and add another $79 for a controller. The current numbers already say a lot, even with Apple-TV not already an open console: 5.3M sold units in 2012, 90% year-over-year growth — vs. xBox 360 — about 9M units in 2012, 60% YoY decline”.
Check out the full Twitter thread from Nat Browns announcement below.

Apple Arcade is a subscription service launching on iOS, tvOS and Mac OS this Fall. Screen Times wishes Nat Brown all the best in his new role.

 
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Updated: Misunderstanding of comms between LG UK and LG HQ.

Update 2 – July 25th 10.10am

We received an email from LG’s UK PR Team this morning clarifying the situation.

“I’m really sorry but it turns out we (the UK office) misunderstood the comms from HQ in South Korea – by ‘all’ AI ThinQ TVs, the press release was only referring to the 2019 line up, therefore my email quoting ‘past and present’ is not accurate. Again I apologise for the misinformation on this”.

Update 1 – July 24th 11pm

In a bizarre turn of events LG have refuted the statement made by their UK PR team to us earlier today. LG offered the following statement to 9to5Mac whilst opening up to the future possibility of  HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support on their older TVs: 

“LG cannot guarantee that TV models prior to 2019 will be able to deliver a seamless user experience. Therefore, while this may be a possibility in the future, at the moment, LG has no plans to update its pre-2019 TVs with Airplay2 or Homekit”.

You can read our original article after the jump.