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May 9, 2014 - Dave Hecei
Recently, Apple added a few more channels to the AppleTV. While rumors have been flying freely for many months about Apple finally creating an actual High-Def television, the little black AppleTV set-top box is still selling well and getting an update now and then. This last update was a problem for me, along with many others.
We need to first tell those out there that have been stranded on some island for the last several years what an AppleTV is. It is a small square box, with rounded corners, that can connect to your HDTV and play content from your iTunes account, mirror video from your iOS or Mac OS X device, and contains “channels” or “apps” for other content on the Internet. It can be a stand-alone device but is best suited as an extension of your Apple universe.
Okay, back to the problem. You may or may not know that I am a cable cutter. I got rid of my expensive TV cable subscription and now use the Internet as my delivery system. A few weeks ago, Apple added three new channels, or Apps, to the AppleTV. These were The History Channel, A&E, and Bravo.
On the whole, this was a good thing. These are excellent cable channels with great content. The only problem is that not everyone can see the stuff provided by these carriers. When you select either of these new channels, the AppleTV kindly asks you to login using your credentials you used with your cable or satellite provider. Guess what? I don’t have one. The other problem is that only those who have accounts with Cablevision Optimum, Verizon FiOS, or DirecTV. This leaves a whole bunch of people across the US that cannot see either of these new channels.
Why? It basically boils down to greed. Plain and simple. When are they going to realize that there are plenty of us out here that bought an AppleTV because we don’t have cable or satellite?
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