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Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; Maziar Bahari on the recent arrests of journalists in Iran and his time spent in an Iranian prison

Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; Maziar Bahari on the recent arrests of journalists in Iran and his time spent in an Iranian prison

Amazon unveils streaming media device
April 2nd, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Amazon unveils streaming media device

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

Amazon wants to be the brain inside your big-screen TV.

On Wednesday the company introduced a box called Amazon fireTV that enables television sets to access Internet programming, including streaming shows from its Amazon Prime subscription service.

With the device, Amazon joins competitors like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Roku that want to power consumers' TV-watching, replacing (or - more likely - supplementing) the set top boxes from cable and satellite companies that sit in most living rooms.

The device may help advance Amazon's streaming TV ambitions. The company has started to introduce original shows, like "Alpha House" and "Betas," and has spent handsome sums of money to secure exclusive rights to other shows, like past seasons of Fox's "24." But its streaming service is a fraction of the size of Netflix.

Read more of Brian's article here


Filed under: Amazon • Apple • Blog • Netflix • Reliable Sources
Apple eyes partnerships in bid to reinvent TV
March 24th, 2014
03:55 AM ET

Apple eyes partnerships in bid to reinvent TV

By Brian Stelter, CNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Apple may have grand ideas about how to reinvent television, but for now, rather than attempting an end-run around the industry's incumbents, it continues to seek partnerships with them.

The computing giant's next foray into TV could come in partnership with Comcast, the largest television and broadband provider in the United States, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night.

The Journal said that the two companies are holding talks that could result in Comcast delivering an Apple-branded TV service the same way it delivers phone calls and cable video-on-demand. These are called "managed services," and are set apart from the broadband connections that bring Netflix (NFLX), YouTube and other websites to customers. The arrangement would allow Apple to be confident that its video offerings won't sputter the way some other streams do.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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Filed under: Apple • Comcast
September 15th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Apple's iPhone frenzy

Farhad Manjoo of Slate magazine joins guest host Patrick Gavin to discuss Apple's latest smartphone upgrades and what the newer models mean for the tech industry.


Filed under: Apple • iPhone • Smartphones • Technology
November 18th, 2012
12:50 PM ET

Aaron Sorkin’s Flawed Heroes

Howard Kurtz on how Aaron Sorkin’s love for flawed heroes continues with his latest project; a biopic of Apple’s Steve Jobs.


Filed under: Apple • Blog • Reliable Sources
March 18th, 2012
01:17 PM ET

Apple tale poisoned by lies

Kai Ryssdal, Erik Wemple and Arik Hesseldahl join Howard Kurtz to discuss This American's Life retraction of a story on Apple's labor practices that host Ira Glass now says has "significant fabrications."


Filed under: Apple • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources