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Announced at WWDC 2018 as part of tvOS 12 – home control system integration – including HomeKit and Siri –  will soon be made available to Crestron customers.

Through a software and firmware update expected this week, Crestrons TSR-310 handheld touch-screen remote will be the first in its category  to adopt Apple TV, Siri and HomeKit control.

Crestron’s TSR-310 is a great alternative for the Siri Remote. With a price tag of $1000, Crestron customers  can control multiple Apple TVs through either voice control or the remote’s integrated three inch touch display.

Todays announcement in full:

Available now via Crestron SIMPL Windows programming software for 3-Series® controllers
This enhanced partnership gives you the power to take your clients’ user experience and lifestyle to new heights with:
IP Control:
The ability to browse Apple TV content with lightning-fast IP control via the award-winning TSR-310 touch screen remote
Voice Control via Siri: Have Siri find specific content for you with a simple press of the microphone button on the TSR-310 remote and voice command.
How to get started

The SIMPL Windows release is available now:

  • Make sure you are running the Device Database 106.05.001.00 or later
  • For the TSR-310 make sure you are running the latest software and firmware posted here
  • For 3-Series control systems, visit the corresponding product pages to download the latest software and firmware
  • Sample programs can be found here

The device and Crestron databases, will enable this functionality in SIMPL Windows. After updating the firmware you can use the built-in help file to program HomeKit® integration. Refer to the provided documentation for guidance on how to integrate these modules into your programs.

The Apple certified 3-Series SIMPL Windows firmware update will include:

  • Support for 3-Series control systems to enable these new features
  • SIMPL Windows module and TSR-310 extender, with documentation on how to make these new features work in SIMPL Windows
  • Ability to:
  • Control Apple TV with TSR-310
  • Securely connect TSR-310 and HomeKit
  • Control multiple Apple TV units via TSR-310, linked by their device names
  • Route voice via TSR-310 microphone to currently selected Apple TV, once correctly connected in SIMPL Windows

For control via other devices including the HR-310, touch screens, or mobile app, you will need to provide a secondary means of control such as IR or CEC.

The Crestron TSR-310  is available for purchase through certified commercial dealers.

 
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Originally called The Auters, MUBI is much more than just another streaming service. With its focus on international art house cinema, MUBI marries its video content offerings with  a film database and an online magazine known as The Notebook. Co-funded by the European Union, MUBIs partnerships have included; The Criterion Collection, European distributor Celluloid Dreams, Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation and the Cannes Film Festival.

The MUBI channel – available through Apple’s TV app in the USA – offers discerning cinephiles one new film a day; hand-picked by the MUBI team from a selection of cult, independent and classic films. Newly introduced films are then available to view for 30 days, offering a unique take on the discovery of film, genre and culture.

In addition to the on-demand video content, active subscribers gain access to a thriving community of film lovers.

The MUBI channel is priced at $10.99 a month following a 7 day free trial. Subscribers can access the MUBI channel across iOS, Apple TV and supported Samsung TVs through the Apple TV app. Support for Mac OS, Roku and Amazon’s Fire Stick will arrive later this year.

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

MUBI Apple TV channel trailer:

Tweet us at @screentimesnet and let us know your recent film discoveries.

 
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British independent distributor Arrow Films has long been a fan favourite for those seeking out the niche. Since its inception in 1991 the company has been dedicated to supporting upcoming and established filmmakers of dynamic new cinema whilst developing an enviable slate of quality films that enjoy a lasting legacy across its award-winning branded labels, channels, and platforms. Today Arrow Films are introducing both Arrow Video and Arrow TV to the Apple TV app.

Arrow Video have long celebrated the best of cult, classic horror and arthouse cinema. With the launch of the Arrow Video Apple TV channel in the UK and USA, users can delve into the Arrow Video catalogue including the best of cult horror, thriller and action. Film aficionados will also be happy to learn that Arrow Video’s comprehensive documentary series is also included in the monthly subscription which costs £4.99/ $4.99 after a 7 day free trial.

Arrow Films have also been a longtime leading distributor of international TV with their imprint Arrow TV singlehandedly pioneering the Nordic Noir TV genre since 2010. Curated by real people, Arrow TV continues their tradition of unearthing quality international TV series, presented in their original language with English subtitles. Arrow TV is currently only available in the UK with a cost of £4.99 a month after a 7 day free trial.

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

Arrow Video documentary ‘Deus Ex Machina: The Philsophy of Donnie Darko’ comes highly recommended!

 
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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.”