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Confirmed: Apple TV release set for next week, preorders begin on October 26

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According to Cook, pre-orders the upcoming Apple TV will open up next Monday on October 26. Not to worry, shipments are slated to begin later on in the very same week. This is undoubtedly welcome news for those who have been waiting a while for Apple to finally step up its Apple TV game. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Apple’s brilliant decision to drop its HDTV plans in favor of a new Apple TV

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For starters, there’s not that much money to be had in the HDTV business given that the industry is famously plagued by low margins. Second, and more importantly, the TV market is already filled with high-quality sets that consumers are overwhelmingly happy with. Walk into any Best Buy and it’s clear that 4K HDTVs from the likes of Sony, Samsung, and LG leave little to be desired from both a picture quality and industrial design perspective. Remember, Apple’s bread and butter is entering new markets where there’s lots of room for innovation and differentiation. The HDTV market, in that regard, doesn’t quite present that type of opportunity. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018

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Comcast is looking to upgrade its DOCSIS 3 technology (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) to DOCSIS 3.1. If that transition goes as smoothly as anticipated, Comcast’s network will be able to handle Internet speeds of at least 1Gbps. Down the line, Howald said that the network will be able to offer Internet speeds as fast as 10Gbps. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

The new Apple TV will launch without its best new feature

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Apple Inc.’s plan to roll out a TV subscription service has reportedly been pushed back, yet again. According to Bloomberg, Apple is still planning to roll out a revamped Apple TV this fall but will wait until 2016 at the earliest before announcing its intriguing and long-rumored TV subscription service. […] In the meantime, it appears that Apple’s 2015 will be mostly a hardware affair, with new iPhones, iPads, and a new Apple TV playing starring roles. If Apple manages to get its TV service up and running by early 2016, there’s still no guarantee it will be a runaway success. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Pandora CEO: Apple Music has had ‘no impact’ on our business

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[I]t’s perhaps a bit too premature to start wondering whether or not Apple Music has what it takes to put a dent into Spotify and Pandora’s respective bottom lines. With respect to Pandora in particular, CEO Brian McAndrews recently said during an earnings conference call that the threat posed by Apple Music, at this point, is much ado about nothing. Not only does McAndrews not see Apple Music as a viable threat today, he doesn’t believe it will pose much of a threat in the long-term either. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Which TV channels profit the most from your cable bill?

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ESPN nets the most cash from cable subscribers every month. Previous reports have indicated that ESPN receives approximately $4 from every cable bill, a rather sizable chunk given the vast number of channels that typically come with even the most basic of cable packages. Following way behind are TNT, Disney, Fox News, and USA Network. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Facebook is More of a Threat to YouTube Than Ever Before

Clearly, Facebook is fast becoming a video-centric site that YouTube would be well advised to keep a close eye on. Just a few months ago, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a surprising statistic when he said that Facebook users watch 4 billion videos every single day. When coupled with the fact that most new videos aren’t coming by way of YouTube, it increasingly becoming apparent that Facebook poses a strategic threat to YouTube’s well-deserved video dominance. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Netflix adds to its growing content empire with 5 new shows

Under the Netflix umbrella, the series will be called Degrasi: Next Class, with the first block of new episodes slated to arrive in 2016. But Netflix isn’t stopping there. The company also has plans to bolster its selection of children’s shows with four new animated series: Tarzan and Jane, An Army of Frogs, Puffin Rock, and Cirque du Soleil Luna Petunia. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Arrested Development Season 5 coming to Netflix in mid-2016

While speaking on Adam Carolla’s podcast this week, Arrested Development Executive Producer Brian Grazer relayed that filming on the show’s fifth season is slated to begin sometime around January or February of next year, with a release date likely coming about four months later. As a result, it stands to reason that the next season of AD will premiere on Netflix sometime in mid-2016, likely in or around June. Previously, Grazer said that the fifth season will include 17 brand new episodes. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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