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What is the difference between the Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 3?

Apple announced the fourth-generation Apple TV on September 9, 2015. The Apple TV 4 is a significant upgrade from the third-generation and includes many new features not found on its predecessor. For starters the fourth-generation is pricier starting at $149 for the 32GB model, and $199 for the 64GB model. The third-generation TV, which is still available for purchase, is only $69. Here's a few of the new features found on the Apple TV 4 that are not available on the Apple TV 3.

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Apple and HBO Now Deal to End in Three Months

HBO's deal with Apple to release its new online subscription service only on Apple devices is not permanent, according to IGN. An HBO spokesperson told the entertainment website that the deal with "Apple begins in April and will last for three months". This means HBO will eventually be free to launch the HBO Now app on other streaming devices like Roku or the PlayStation 4.

HBO CEO Richard Pepler announced that HBO Now would launch exclusively to Apple devices at the Spring Forward event on March 9. The new service offers access to HBO content to anyone with a broadband connection for $15 a month. Subscribers will be able to access HBO programming from the past, present and future including Hollywood movies, original HBO films, HBO documentaries and other HBO specials.

HBO Now Launching Exclusively on Apple TV and App Store in April

Apple today announced at its Spring Forward event in San Francisco, California that HBO's new subscription service will launch exclusively on Apple TV and the App Store in April. The streaming service called HBO Now will be available for $14.99 a month with no cable subscription required. Subscribers will be able to access past, present and future HBO programming through their Apple TV digital media player or via the HBO app on their iPad or iPhone. The first month of HBO Now will be free to customers who sign up at launch.

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HBO CEO Richard Pepler made the announcement alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco on Monday. Pepler also played the trailer for the fifth season of Game of Thrones at the media event.

HBO In Talks to Launch New Streaming Service to Apple TV and More

HBO is preparing to put another nail in the cable television coffin by partnering with Apple and other companies such as Roku to launch its new subscription based streaming service in April, according to the International Business Times. HBO wants to launch the standalone service called "HBO Now" in "conjunction with the the premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones".

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The new service will allow customers to subscribe to HBO directly instead of paying high fees for bundled channels from cable or satellite providers such as Comcast or Verizon. The cost of an HBO Now subscription will be around $15 a month when purchased directly from HBO. The company hopes to offer an HBO Now app on third-party distribution services such as Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation and more, just like it does now with its HBO Go service for current customers.

What channels / services are offered on Apple TV?

Apple TV has around 50 "channels" for users to access. Content providers include:

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Movies and Television

- Netflix
- Hulu Plus
- HBO Go
- Showtime Anywhere
- YouTube
- ABC, ABC News
- Fox
- FX Now
- A&E
- History
- Lifetime
- AOL On
- FYI
- Disney, Disney HD, Disney Junior
- PBS, PBS Kids
- Smithsonian Channel
- Red Bull TV
- Willow
- CBS News
- CNBC
- Bloomberg TV
- WSJ Live
- Sky News
- Weather Channel
- Vevo

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Staples Releases Black Friday Ad with iPad Deals

Staples has released its Black Friday ad with tons of deals on electronics, offices supplies, stationery and more. The sale begins on Nov. 27 at 6pm and continues on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at 6am. Customers can save up to $80 on the iPad and $20 on Apple TV. Other Apple-related deals include 10% off all Beats headphones and savings on iTunes gift cards worth $50 or more.

Staples Black Friday 2014

Walmart, Best Buy and Target have also listed their Black Friday circulars with deals on the iPad and iPhone. Walmart customers can nab an original iPad mini for as low as $169, and Target is giving away a $140 gift card with the purchase of an iPad Air 2. Most of the Black Friday sales are kicking off on Thursday, November 27 and will be running all weekend. There are different sales on different days, so make sure you check each individual retailer's Black Friday websites before planning your shopping schedule. You can find links to Walmart, Best Buy and Target's Black Friday ads here.

How do I stream movies to my Apple TV using my Windows laptop / computer?

You can stream videos or digital photos to any second-generation or later Apple TV from any laptop or computer using Apple's Home Sharing network.

To set up Home Sharing you need an Apple ID and iTunes installed on your Windows computer.

How to set up Home Sharing on your laptop or computer:

1.Navigate to File > Home Sharing > Turn On Home Sharing

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