The Apple TV YouTube Channel

Inching ever closer to its May 2019 update, Apple quietly unveiled a YouTube channel dedicated entirely to Apple TV. Ryan Christoffel at MacStories said:

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“Over the last few weeks Apple has quietly debuted a new YouTube channel dedicated to one of its services: Apple TV. The Apple TV channel is home to a variety of videos, like trailers for upcoming films and TV shows, exclusive behind the scenes clips and interviews tied to popular shows and movies, and, of course, videos highlighting Apple's own original content efforts, like an Apple TV+ trailer…”

We’ll be receiving the major update to the Apple TV app this May, but with Apple TV+ launching this Fall, it’s only a matter of time before we begin seeing trailers for Apple’s original content. Apple traditionally posts all of its product promo videos to its self-branded YouTube channel. Given the number of original productions in the works at Apple, it makes sense to keep all Apple TV+ promotional content confined to a specific YouTube channel, while keeping the company’s main channel available for the occasional iOS or macOS device promo.

If you’re interested in exactly what Apple will be producing within its streaming service, go smash that subscribe button on the Apple TV YouTube channel.


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Google Fiber Pulls Out of Louisville

Jon Porter at The Verge reported:

Google has agreed to pay the Louisville Metro Government $3.84 million over the next 20 months to repair the damage caused to the city by its ill-fated Google Fiber service. The money will be used by local authorities to remove the company’s infrastructure from the city’s roads and to repave areas where needed after the service ceased operation yesterday.

The company’s problems in Louisville stem from its decision to lay its cabling just inches beneath the road’s surface, in part because incumbents like AT&T attempted to block Google from sharing its utility poles.

Three years ago, I would’ve signed up for Google Fiber a heartbeat - should it have ever come to my tiny suburban town. Gigabit internet and cable television at a fraction of Comcast’s or Verizon’s costs? It’s not even a question. But today, I’d probably take a hard pass. For one, I no longer even want cable TV. I access my entertainment just fine via subscriptions for each particular platform of my choosing - at no more than $15 per month per subscription. That model is much more consumer-friendly than any horrifically-bundled, commercial-plagued, non-bingeable, cable TV service.

As for Google Fiber’s gigabit internet service, I suppose I have Google to thank for Verizon’s offering of the same gigabit internet for roughly the same price, and without a $1 billion investment into tearing-up my towns infrastructure.

Any decrease in competition is a loss for the consumer and it’s a shame that Google decided to pull out of Louisville’s market. While I may never sign up for Google Fiber if given the chance, I certainly hope that they continue to expand their program further throughout the U.S., and in turn make Internet access cheaper and competitive for all consumers.


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Read Together #3: Crown of Feathers

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Erika receives an ARC, Doug pretends to be an astrophysicist, and we both judge a book by its cover.

In this month’s episode of Read Together, Erika reviews We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett and we both get into the meat of Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto.

Disney+ - Coming November 2019

Disney has officially announced a launch date for its upcoming video streaming service, “Disney+.” Coming to the U.S. on November 12th, 2019 at just $6.99/month or $69.99/year, Disney+ is throwing a bomb into the video streaming service industry.

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In addition to price and launch date, Disney also announced an extensive list of content coming to the service. According to Disney:

“Disney+ will launch in November with a robust library of theatrical and television content, and in its first year will release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries and specials by some of the industry’s most prolific and creative storytellers.”

What’s Included

Some notable titles coming with Disney+ include:

  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a live-action series with Anthony Mackie returning as Falcon and Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Winter Soldier

  • WandaVision, a live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany reprising his role as The Vision

  • Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, a documentary series showing the hard work and imagination that go into making one of the most highly anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios features of all time

  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum, a documentary series where Goldblum pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and a whole lot of big ideas

  • The Mandalorian, the world’s first scripted live-action Star Wars series

  • The exclusive new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • And now with Disney’s completed acquisition of 21st Century Fox, all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be included at launch with Disney+.

While this press event was intended for Disney investors, I believe the company made a highly convincing argument to consumers that are beginning to the feel the monetary strain of so much content on so many different services. Disney laid out an impressive amount of content - some of which, like Marvel and Star Wars, has the most devoted fan-base in the world - all for an incredible price of $6.99/month. That’s an entire vault of new and old Disney content for about half the price of Netflix, and less than a music subscription with either Apple Music or Spotify. Disney+ is a bargain.


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HomePod Gets a Price Decrease

Today Apple lowered the price of the HomePod from $349 to $299. It’s been clear from the start that the HomePod was way overvalued by Apple, considering its boost in sales whenever a 3rd party retailer lowers the price to $249 around the holidays.

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The HomePod isn’t the best smart speaker on the market despite being the most expensive. Google Home and the Amazon Echo severely outpace the HomePod’s capabilities as a smart assistant and at a fraction of the price. That being said, the HomePod is a perfectly good smart speaker for those already ingrained within the Apple ecosystem. If you want voice control over HomeKit, Apple Music, and Podcasts and want it all with phenomenal sound, then the HomePod is perfect.

I believe the HomePod is worth exactly $249 - all capabilities considered. That being said, if I think it’s worth $249, then it’s no question that Apple would value it at a $50 premium.


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