Defending Jacob — Critics Spot | Apple TV+

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Addictive. Chilling. Gripping. See why critics say Defending Jacob will keep you guessing.
Watch Defending Jacob now on the Apple TV app: https://apple.co/_DefendingJacob

In this gripping, character-driven thriller, a shocking crime rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

Based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, this limited drama series stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Sakina Jaffrey, Betty Gabriel, and J.K. Simmons.

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Thank You | Helpsters Help You | Apple TV+

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There are lots of ways to say “thank you.” In the season finale of Helpsters Help You, Cody and special guests Grouplove sing a song to thank essential workers.

Watch more Helpsters Help You episodes for free on the Apple TV app or right here on YouTube Kids. From the makers of Sesame Street, Helpsters Help You is a free series of shorts created to help kids and parents alike cope with the realities of COVID-19. Cody the helpful monster is broadcasting live from the Helpsters shop, where she comes up with a plan for everything from social distancing to having fun when the park is closed. The entire series is available for free on the Apple TV app.

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Central Park — “Weirdos” Lyric Video | Apple TV+

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“See? Now it’s catching on…” Sing along to the music of Central Park. Watch now on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_CentralPark

Central Park is an animated musical comedy from Emmy® Award-winner Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) that follows the exploits of a family living in the world’s most famous park. The series voice cast includes Josh Gad, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, and Stanley Tucci.

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First Two Episodes of ‘Central Park’ Now Available on Apple TV+

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The first two episodes of the new animated musical comedy series “Central Park” have debuted on Apple TV+.

The new series, from 20th Century Fox Television, is an animated musical comedy about the Tillermans, a family that lives in Central Park. Owen, the park manager, and Paige, his journalist wife, raise their kids Molly and Cole in the world’s most famous park, while fending off hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham and her long-suffering assistant Helen, who would love nothing more than to turn the park into condos.

“Central Park” is created, written and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard (“Bob’s Burgers”), alongside Grammy Award winner Josh Gad (“Frozen”) and Emmy Award winner Nora Smith (“Bob’s Burgers”). Sanjay Shah and Halsted Sullivan also serve as executive producers.

The series stars Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, and Leslie Odom Jr.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year.

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iPhone 13 Details Leaked

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BGR reports on iPhone 13 details leaked.

iPhone 13 Details Leaked

It’s always fascinating to hear surmises and leaks about future Apple iPhones. This is especially true because not everyone may be on an upgrade cycle targeting an iPhone 12 this year. Getting a glimpse of the iPhone 13 might help trigger or defer that decision. BGR writes:

A Twitter user who goes by the name of Fudge, and who posts Apple rumors with some regularity, shared the “alleged” camera plans for one of the iPhone 13 prototypes.

iPhone X with camera lens for HEIF versus JPEG image formats

Basically, it’s a four lens deign with impressive specs. Of course, the caveat is, “Fudge made it clear that all this information should be taken with enough salt, as nothing is confirmed.”

As the article points out, this could just be one model’s prototype. Still, fun stuff to ponder as we plan ahead.

The Week’s Apple News Debris

• HBO Max has launched. But there’s a wrinkle. “HBO stops participating in Apple TV Channels, users directed to HBO Max app.” By the way, you may already qualify for a free subscription. See this note at the HBO Max Help Center.

• iMore reports on a survey of 10,000 users by Park Associates of streaming TV service market share. Here’s the tl;dr version.

  1. Netflix – 56%
  2. Amazon Prime Video – 43%
  3. Hulu – 32%
  4. Disney+ 25%
  5. Apple TV+ – 10%

“CBS All Access, HBO Now, Showtime, ESPN+, and Starz round out the top 10.” It’ll be very interesting to see how NBCUniversal’s Peacock fares in six and then 12 months.

• Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is doing well despite the COVID-19 pandemic. iMore (again) reports: “Apple retains top spot in the wearables market in Q1, shipping 21 million units.” Quoted from IDC:

Apple was once again the top wearables company with a 29.3% share and 21.2 million units. While Apple Watch shipments declined due to difficulties in the supply chain, the strength of the Beats and Airpods[sic] lineup was more than enough to offset the negative growth.

• A new Apple TV 4K is said to be imminent. Filipe Espósito at 9to5Mac fills us in. “Should you buy an Apple TV right now or wait for a new model?” Notable:

Based on a leaked iOS 14 early build obtained by 9to5Mac, we know that Apple is working on a new version of Apple TV remote. The current sleek Siri Remote with a touch surface is considered a downside by some users, so perhaps Apple is reconsidering its design.

It makes perfect sense to include a redesigned remote with a new Apple TV 4K that has an A12X CPU to entice users to upgrade. As for those who think their current 2017 Apple TV 4K is good enough, see: “Why Apple May be Releasing a New Apple TV 4K.

• Before the pandemic, I wrote here a lot about commercial and family robots—something I see as a missed opportunity by Apple. Now, it seems that the pandemic is making the case even stronger in many ways.

For example, when you tell a robot to clean something thoroughly, you can be sure the job gets done right. Safely. No corners cut. For much more, see: “In a world gripped by pandemic, we need robots.” [Subscription may be required.]

• Finally,

Ahem. Replicator: Tea, Earl Grey, decaff.


Particle Debris is generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article(s) of the week followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.


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Apple Gives Straight-to-Series Order For ‘Hedy Lamarr’ TV Series Starring Gal Gadot

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Apple has given a straight-to-series order for a new show called “Hedy Lamarr,” which will star Gal Gadot and will premiere on Apple TV+. The series will feature the story of classic Hollywood film star and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

Variety reports the eight-episode series is being written and executive produced by Sarah Treem, who previously worked on Showtime’s “The Affair.” Gadot, best known for her portrayal of DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman, will both star in the show and act as an executive producer.

Warren Littlefield and Katie Robbins will also executive produce. Gadot and her husband and producing partner Jaron Varsano will executive produce under their Pilot Wave banner. Adam Haggiag and Alexandra Dean will serve as co-producers, with Hedy Lamarr’s children Anthony Loder and Denise Deluca consulting on the series. Endeavor Content will produce.

The project originated at Showtime, but will now move to the Apple TV+ streaming platform, due to a deteriorating” relationship between Treem and the cable network.

“Hedy Lamarr” will follow the true story of the legendary Hollywood glamour girl, covering the 30 years spanning from Lamarr’s escape from pre-war Vienna; to her meteoric rise in the Golden Age of Hollywood; to “her fall and eventual disgrace at the dawn of the Cold War.”

The show will also provide a look at Lamarr’s life as an inventor, including a frequency-hopping system, patented by Lamarr and her friend George Antheil, that became the basis for spread spectrum technology used today.

The historical drama originated with Gadot and Varsano, who then partnered with Littlefield and Treem.

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TIDAL rolling out Dolby Atmos Music support for Apple TV 4K and more

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Latest update brings more immersive music to the home theater.

What you need to know

  • TIDAL has announced a new update that brings Dolby Atmos to compatible home theater devices.
  • Update for TIDAL apps will begin rolling out over the next few days, and includes Apple TV 4K.
  • Subscription to TIDAL HiFi streaming service is required, and compatible music and devices will play Atmos content automatically.

TIDAL has announced that it has begun rolling out support for Dolby Atmos Music through compatible home theater devices. The addition of Dolby Atmos Music brings a more immersive listening experience when connected through the TIDAL Music app on devices such as the Apple TV 4K.

Dolby Atmos Music allows people to connect with their favorite music in a whole new way, pulling listeners into a song and revealing what was lost with stereo recordings. Listeners can discover hidden details and subtleties with unparalleled clarity. Whether it’s a complex harmony of instruments placed around a listener, a legendary guitar solo that fills a room, a massive bass drop that washes over the audience, or the subtle breath a singer takes between lyrics, Dolby Atmos gives music more space and the freedom to unleash every detail and emotion as the artist intended.

To enable the latest feature, users must have an active TIDAL HiFi subscription, Dolby Atmos compatible audio hardware, and the latest version of the TIDAL Music app on select streaming devices and TVs. TIDAL HiFi subscriptions start at $19.99 a month for a single user, and a family plan is available for $29.99 for 6 users.

By default, Dolby Atmos Music will be selected automatically through the TIDAL HiFi service, and users can browse all of the available content in the Explore section of the mobile app. Example Dolby Atmos Music content available now includes albums and songs from artists such as Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Shawn Mendes.

In addition to the Apple TV 4K, the update will be available soon on other popular streaming devices including Android TV and select versions of Amazon’s Fire TV. Here’s the complete list:

  • Apple TV 4K (running tvOS 13 or above)
  • Fire TV (Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick 2016, Fire TV Gen 3 2017, Fire TV Cube 1st Gen or 2nd Gen)
  • Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro (2019 and newer models)
  • Philips Android TVs: OLED (all), Philips LCD: 8804, 7504, 7304 “The One”, 6814, 6704, 6754
  • Sony Android TVs: A9G, AG9, Z9G XG95, X850G

If you are interested in taking Dolby Atmos Music for a spin, TIDAL is currently offering a free 60 day trial for new users. Additional information about Dolby Atmos Music can be found by visiting TIDAL.com and Dolby.com.

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Netflix, Disney+ or HBO Max? The best streaming service for your watching habits

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Gone are the days of not having enough time to catch up on all of those movies and TV shows you’ve been meaning to get around to. For the foreseeable future, at least, many of us have nowhere to go and nothing but time on our hands.

We’ve already offered a few suggestions for ways to spend your newfound downtime, but there’s a more pragmatic question at hand. With this week’s arrival of HBO Max, an overcrowded streaming market becomes even more competitive, particularly here in the United States. Gone are the days of Netflix’s streaming supremacy (at least from a content perspective). There’s a streaming service for virtually every need and nearly every one is best at something (with the possible exception of Apple TV+, with its fairly sparse selection, and whatever is going on with Quibi).

In a perfect world, we would all be able to subscribe to every service and never have to leave the house again. But those $5-$15/month fees add up pretty quickly when you’re not looking. For most of us, choosing the right service (or services) requires a bit of strategic spending. As such, we’re going to make life a bit easier on you and your wallet by designating the top services across 10 key categories.

Again, this is a U.S.-focused list, because that’s where we’re based. But many of these services are available outside the States, or will be in the next year or two.

The best service for … Prestige TV

Winner: HBO Max

The debate about the best TV show of all time always seems to wind up on HBO. The premium cable network has transformed expectations around what television can and should do, with shows like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” regularly cited at the top of the list of all-time greats. And then there’s “Westworld,” “Game of Thrones,” newcomers like “Succession” and top-tier comedy like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Eastbound and Down” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” Not every series has been a slam-dunk, but as far as prestige episodic television is concerned, you’re not going to do any better than HBO. (B.H.)

The best service for … Blockbusters

Winner: Disney+

Disney has dominated the theatrical box office for the past decade, thanks to its acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm/Star Wars — not to mention the continued popularity of its animated films and live-action remakes. Disney+ is where you can catch up with almost all those big-budget hits, and it will be the streaming home for future Marvel blockbusters. (A.H.)

The best service for … Classics

Winner: Criterion Channel/HBO Max

While Criterion’s reputation can seem forbiddingly arty (see below) the service also offers plenty of classic Hollywood titles, like a recent retrospective showcasing Columbia noir. If that still feels too high-brow, it also has nearly every old-school Godzilla movie in its library.  And of course, plenty of art films are stone-cold classics. HBO Max, meanwhile, is the streaming home to Turner Classic Movies, with some of the best films of all time, including “Casablanca” and “Citizen Kane.” And it will be streaming some Criterion titles, too. (A.H.)

The best service for … Documentaries

Winner: HBO Max/CuriosityStream

As with its drama and comedy series, there’s really no one out there that can touch HBO’s documentary output. The network has consistently racked up Emmy wins since the late ’90s. It’s had some added competition from Netflix in recent years, but HBO continues to deliver, including last year’s heart-wrenching “Leaving Neverland.” If you like your documentaries served with a side of more documentaries, however, there’s always CuriosityStream; $20/year will get you a boatload of original docs, broken down by category. (B.H.)

The best service for … Kids

Winner: Disney+

All the big streaming services have a selection of movies and shows for kids, but it’s hard to beat the titles in Disney’s library — all their animated classics, plus Pixar, plus Disney Channel hits like “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “Hannah Montana” and “High School Musical.” HBO Max is a strong runner-up with “Sesame Street” and the full Studio Ghibli library, but if your kid wants to sing along to “Frozen” over and over again, this is where they can do it. (A.H.)

The best service for … Indies

Winner: Hulu/Criterion Channel

Most streaming services (save for Apple TV+ and Disney+) have a pretty sizable selection of indies. The quality of the films varies greatly from service to service and film to film, but nearly all of them have some hidden gems for when you’re looking to spend a bit of time outside the studio system. As far as the mainstream ones go, I was surprised to discover during this quarantine that Hulu has the best selection of the bunch, courtesy of deals with top-notch indie distributors. If you want a straight shot of the stuff, however, the Criterion Channel is your best bet — and the supplementary content is unmatched by other services. (B.H.)

The best service for … Free stuff

Winner: Tubi/Vudu

To be honest, I had no idea Tubi existed until recently. I was searching for a Korean movie about a baseball-playing gorilla (it’s real, seriously), and landed on the site, where it was streaming for free with ad breaks. You would probably end up banging your head against the wall if you relied on Tubi as your sole streaming service, but its selection is surprisingly solid. There are genuinely good films in there, in amongst the dregs. There are also plenty of dregs there, if that’s your thing. Also check out Walmart’s Vudu. In addition to your standard rentals, the service also has a decent selection of free films. (B.H.)

The best service for … Star Trek

Winner: CBS All Access

It might seem silly to build an entire streaming service around a single entertainment franchise, but a) have you met Star Trek fans? And b) that was clearly the strategy behind CBS All Access, which has already released two Trek spin-offs, “Discovery” and “Picard.” Although the newly remerged ViacomCBS seems to have broader streaming ambitions, Star Trek still seems like a centerpiece of that strategy, with a whole bunch of new Trek content being developed under the supervision of Alex Kurtzman. (That said, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are sufficient if you just want to rewatch The Original Series or The Next Generation.) (A.H.)

The best service for … Arthouse

Winner: Criterion Channel

Been missing trips to the local arthouse theater? With places like the Anthology Film Archives, Museum of the Moving Image and Angelika temporarily shut down here in New York, I’ve been finding some respite in the Criterion Collection’s truly excellent curated selection of films. While it’s true that sometimes the best thing for the pandemic is a little mindless movie watching, if you want to take in some culture without leaving the house, Criterion’s got you covered. (B.H.)

The best service for … a lot of everything

Winner: Netflix

You may be wondering why we’ve barely mentioned the streaming world’s biggest player. That’s because Netflix isn’t actually the best in any one category — at least in our view. Instead, it’s pretty good in a whole bunch of categories, whether that’s older TV shows, classic films, original series like “The Crown” and “Stranger Things,” reality hits like “Tiger King” and original movies like “The Irishman.” So if you want a single service that scratches a whole bunch of different itches, Netflix is still your best bet. (A.H.)

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HBO Cuts Apple TV Channels Integration After HBO Max Launch

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HBO reduced its integration with Apple TV Channels on Wednesday. The company made the move shortly after launching its HBO Max streaming service (via AppleInsider).

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HBO via Apple TV Channels Not Available to New Customers

HBO is, therefore, no longer available to new customers via Apple TV. However, at the time of this writing, existing customers can still access content via the app.

[Apple TV+ Will Not Fulfil Its Potential While Its Name Causes Such Confusion]

Apple TV introduced Channels in 2019 as part of iOS 12.3. Following the breaking up of iTunes, it now features in macOS too. The system means that the TV app can, in theory, become a hub instead of users needing an app for individual services. When HBO initially integrated with the system, it was the only way its content could be downloaded and viewed offline.


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YouTube Kids is Now Available on Apple TV

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Google’s kids-focused “YouTube Kids” app is finally available on the Apple TV platform. The app offers a kid-friendly interface for accessing curated content.

The app offers kid-friendly content from YouTube, presented in an easy-to-use interface, and doesn’t include ads or external links. Content can be accessed without a login.

YouTube Kids

The YouTube Kids app sources content from popular sources like Noggin and PBS, but also includes user-submitted content, some of which has been criticized in the past for being bizarre.

The app’s delay in coming to the Apple TV platform is likely due to the Apple TV’s lack of support for Google’s video codecs. Apple TV 4K only supports the H.265/HEVC codecs for 4K content. Google uses its own proprietary VP9 codec for 4K content, so it still only offers HD content via its Apple TV app.

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