Apple announces an app platform for Apple TV, potentially big for news outlets investing in video

It’s early September, which means it’s time for a new round of Apple announcements. Today’s round didn’t feature any update on Apple News, which is set to debut this month, but it did feature big news about the Apple TV, which I suspect will become a significant driver of news video views. Here’s what publishers and journalists need to know about today’s announcements — in declining order, based on how important I think they’ll be for news outlets.

A new Apple TV, with an open app platform

“We believe the future of television is apps,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said, and you can understand why the app company would think that. Netflix, HBO Go and Now, Hulu, and others (like on-demand services before them) have trained TV watchers to think Continue reading "Apple announces an app platform for Apple TV, potentially big for news outlets investing in video"

How to Watch and What to Expect from Apple’s Live Event Today

14048-9245-CNbYnuqXAAAiV2Yjpg-large-lApple will host another special product event today beginning at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). How to watch: Apple will stream the event live on their website at They already have the countdown going if you need some help building your excitement levels up. However, because they are Apple, they are only letting Safari users view the stream. You must be on an Apple device that is running at least Mac OS X 10.6.8 as well as Safari 5.1.10 or later. If you are on an iPhone, iTouch or iPad, you must have iOS 6 or later and, again, use Safari as your browser. What to expect: According to Apple Insider, today’s event will likely unveil the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Other likelihoods include the Apple TV 4, iOS 9, OSX 10.11 El Capitan, and an iPad Pro. Continue reading "How to Watch and What to Expect from Apple’s Live Event Today"

Newsonomics: 10 headlines we may see this fall about the future of news

Summer appears gone; prepare to mark the first day of fall in the traditional fashion, with a new set of announcements from Apple. On Wednesday, Apple will dazzles with new iPhones, a new Apple TV, iOS 9, and a few more reveals about Apple News. The event has gotten many in the media business moving, prepping their technology and meeting frequently, both with Apple and internally, to get things sorted out. With that event in mind, let’s step back and look at the furies of the year so far, as the pace of 2015 media changes whets our appetite for 2016. Here are 10 could-be headlines for the season ahead.

Restoring the old order

Verizon buys AOL. NBCUniversal (and Comcast) expand their media holdings, with big stakes in both BuzzFeed and Vox Media. AT&T swallows DirecTV. On Wednesday, Charter and Time Warner Cable got to set the 180-day clock toward
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Newsonomics: On end games and end times

Platish or perish? With those malaprop-sounding fighting words a year ago, digital entrepreneur Jonathan Glick neatly, if broadly, summed up a question of the moment on Twitter. We’ve read so many obits for news media over the past 10 years that you’d think we’d be inured to yet another. But the onslaught of off-site distribution initiatives — from Facebook’s soon-to-expand Instant Articles to Apple News to Snapchat Discover, and most recently Twitter Lightning and whatever may next emerge as an offspring of Google News — now offers yet another existential moment. Will anyone go directly to a news or media site or app in 2020? Or are the platforms, now becoming quasi-publishers, all that will matter? (And will anyone come up with something better than “platisher”? And don’t try to make “pubform” happen.)
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