Apple today released tvOS 14.0.2, the second update to its tvOS 14 operating system, released on September 16. tvOS 14.0.2 is compatible with fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models.
The free tvOS 14.0.2 update can be downloaded to compatible devices via the Settings app by going to “System” -> “Software Update.” If automatic updates are enabled on the device it will automatically update to the new version.
tvOS updates are usually minor, focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements. Apple provides limited information on what’s new in tvOS updates. However, it probably includes the usual “general performance and stability improvements.”
It seems that some movies from various Disney-owned franchises are available in 4K via iTunes. This includes things like content from Marvel and Star Wars. MacRumors reported that the option is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada.
4K Disney Content From iTunes in U.S. And Canada
Indeed, from here in the UK I had a look at various Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney movies. They all showed HD availability, but not 4K, in the TV app. Content from other producers, including Apple TV+, was clearly marked 4K. You can, of course, get Disney content in 4K via Disney+ (and Vudu), so perhaps limiting its availability on other platforms like iTunes/Apple TV is a tactic to encourage further sign-ups to the streaming service.
We’ve heard several rumors that Apple is working on a new model Apple TV, and now we’ve seen a tweet by leaker Fudge (@choco_bit) on Twitter that shares some information about what we might expect from a refreshed Apple TV.
In the tweet, Fudge claims that Apple is preparing more than one new Apple TV set-top boxes, with one model powered by an A12 variant and another one that boasts an “A14X-like” chip. Fudge also claims a new controller is in the works but doesn’t make it clear whether the controller is an updated Siri Remote or a new, Apple-designed game controller.
Apple Arcade is getting BIG money poured into it. There are currently titles in the works that are aiming to rival the likes of Breath of the Wild, which is why new A12X/Z AppleTV, "A14X-like" AppleTV, and Controller are in the works.
The tweet also indicates Apple is working with developers to create console-quality games for the Apple Arcade gaming service (which is accessible on the Apple TV). The tweet points out that some games will only run on the A13 Bionic chip or later.
The iOS 13.4 beta included signs of a new A12-powered Apple TV. Previous rumors indicated the new Apple TV would offer an updated processor, has a “T1125” codename, and may feature higher capacity 64 and 128GB storage options.
Apple unveiled its A14 Bionic chip alongside the redesigned iPad Air at its September “Time Flies” event. New benchmarks indicate that the chip provides a significant performance boost over the A13 Bionic.
The world’s most extraordinary beagle is back! Celebrating 70 years of Peanuts — The Snoopy Show is coming to Apple TV+ this February.
A spin-off of the beloved 50-year-old classic Peanuts, comes The Snoopy Show, starring our old friend Snoopy and his best bud, Woodstock. Snoopy is a dog like no other. He may seem a happy-dancin’, bone-lovin’, doghouse-sittin’ beagle but he’s much more than that. He’s also Joe Cool, hippest kid in school, an awesome Surfer King and famed arm-wrestler, the Masked Marvel. When he indulges in his fantasies, he can be a World War One Flying Ace battling the Red Baron or an intrepid astronaut landing on the moon. The point is…Snoopy is a beagle with an active imagination full of comic personas. And they’re all on display — both real and fantastic — in a brand-new animated comedy, THE SNOOPY SHOW.
Discover how the filmmakers behind Tiny World used cutting-edge technology to capture the perspectives of some of smallest creatures on the planet. The new docuseries Tiny World is available now, exclusively on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_TinyWorld
From renowned filmmaker Tom Hugh-Jones and narrated and executive produced by Paul Rudd, Tiny World brings viewers around the world to reveal the unseen lives of some of Earth’s smallest heroes and the extraordinary things they do to survive. With nearly 10 years in the making and over 200 species filmed, the nature docuseries is filled with surprising stories and never-before-scene animal behavior.
When Apple debuted tvOS 14 back in June, one of the highlights of the new version was support for viewing 4K videos in the YouTube app. However, when tvOS 14 was released to the public, 4K support was literally nowhere to be seen.
However, it appears that 4K support in the Apple TV YoutTube app is finally rolling out to Apple TV 4K devices. Reports on Reddit (via FlatpanelsHD) indicate that 4K support in the YouTube app is finally starting to rollout. Multiple users report seeing 4K playback options on their Apple TV 4K running tvOS 14, tvOS 14.0.1, and tvOS 14.2.
If you haven’t seen the option on your Apple TV 4k as yet, be patient, it is apparently slowly rolling out to users. This reporter’s Apple TV 4K showed 1080p as the highest viewing option when viewing a video marked as 4K. Those that do have access to 4K viewing report that they are not able to enable HDR and 4K videos are limited to a 30 frames per second framerate.
At this point, we’re not sure when 4K support will roll out to all Apple TV 4k devices, or if the missing HDR option is temporary, or an Apple TV 4K-based limitation. We’ll let you know if we hear anything else.
Some people can now watch 4K YouTube videos on Apple TV.
There’s still no support for HDR, though.
Only 30fps videos will work, too.
Some people can watch them, some people can’t.
Some people are reporting that they can now watch 4K YouTube videos on their Apple TV, according to Flatpanels HD.
According to the report, people are noting via Reddit that they can now see a 4K option when watching YouTube content via the app on Apple TV, but there are caveats. You’ll need tvOS 14 or later to be installed and even then, it seems to only be working for select people – suggesting this is a server-side change that needs to happen for all of us. You’ll also need to be using an Apple TV 4K but you knew that already.
It isn’t all good news, though. There is no support for HDR right now and not all 4K video is supported. Anything that runs at more than 30fps is out, too.
At this time, Apple TV 4K supports YouTube videos in 4K resolution at up to 30fps frame rates. Videos in 50fps or 60fps drop to 1440p resolution.
Still, it’s a start and we can only hope that the feature will be rolling out to everyone in due course. Hopefully, the 30fps and HDR limitations will be worked out, too.
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Now there’s no denying that these deals will be expensive: Apple is quite clearly committing a horde of cash on reaching deals with these content providers even before it begins casting future shows.
After initially stumbling with content, the company is beginning to churn out a series of successes: Tehran is brilliant, Ted Lasso has won lots of love in the U.S., Long Way Up is great TV, Defending Jacob binge-worthy and Greyhound an excellent movie.
Those are just a few examples.
Apple now offers a much wider choice of content that’s worth watching, and is clearly committed to growing this catalog quickly.
When it achieves this (and if investment is all it takes, that’s just a matter of time), a swift pivot to the provision of ‘all you can eat streaming content’ a la Netflix will make its service a compelling proposition for millions, particularly if Apple can figure out how to make these services available to a broad reach of consumers.
The AMC+ streaming service has expanded to Apple TV Channels and Amazon, and you won’t need a cable subscription to use it. Although AMC Premiere is still available, going forward AMC Networks will promote AMC+ more (viaAdweek).
AMC+ Streaming on Apple
You won’t need a cable subscription but after a seven-day free trial it will cost US$8.99/month. It includes content from other AMC channels like BBC America, IFC, and Sundance. “Mad Men”, “Killing Eve”, “The Walking Dead”, and more are available on the service.
AMC+ also has two series that won’t appear on AMC until next year. All four episodes of “The Salisbury Poisonings” and the first three episodes of “Gangs of London” are immediately available.
Apple TV Channels is a way for Apple customers to third-party services directly within the app. Other channels include CBS All Access, Showtime, Epix, Starz, A&E Crime Central, Acorn TV, Cinemax, and a variety of other services.
Sony and Apple are reportedly working to bring Apple TV to PlayStation.
Recently it transpired that Microsoft is also bringing the same app to Xbox.
The PlayStation implementation might also get HomeKit support as well.
It makes the kind of sense that does.
It’s honestly a surprise that it doesn’t already exist, but it appears that Sony is working with Apple to bring the Apple TV app to PlayStation. This just hours after it transpired that an app is also in the works for Microsoft’s Xbox, too.
According to 9to5Mac, not only is Sony working with Apple on getting PlayStation in on the act, but it might also gain HomeKit support as well.
9to5Mac has learned that Apple is also working with Sony to bring the Apple TV app to PlayStation consoles. Our anonymous source also believes HomeKit support could arrive at some point but that feature may not launch at the same time as the Apple TV app.
Apple has already worked with multiple companies to get the Apple TV app onto streaming sticks, TVs, and more of late and it’s a natural progression to add the same app to game consoles, too. There’s no mention when an app could come to PlayStation, or which consoles will get it. But I’d suspect that PS5 is a pretty safe bet at this point.
The inclusion of the Apple TV app will give gamers another way to watch Apple TV+ content, not to mention the entire iTunes store – including TV shows and movies.
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