Apple’s new TV set ‘will have NO adverts and could be controlled by remote control ring worn on a viewer’s finger’
-Apple said to be in talks with broadcasters about an advert-free TV model
- Adverts could be skipped at the press of a button on recorded shows
- Rumours also suggest the 60-inch screen could be controlled by a ring
By Victoria Woollaston Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 18 July 2013
The company has reportedly spoken with broadcasters about the deal and is even thought to have offered to compensate them for any revenue they lose as a result.
Other rumours claim the TV set could be controlled using a ring worn on a viewer’s finger.
Yanko Design has created these concept images of what the iRing and Apple TV‘s set could look like. The ring is rumoured to contain gesture-control technology and could be used to change channels or volume levels
IS GOOGLE ABOUT TO LAUNCH A TV STREAMING SERVICE?
Reports in the Wall Street Journal suggest that Google has approached several media companies in a bid to buy licenses for TV shows.
These licenses are thought to be for a new online streaming service Google plans to launch later this year.
WSJ added that the service would be similar to existing streaming sites such as Blinkbox, Netflix and the recently-launched Wuaki.
U.S media is reporting that Apple wants viewers of its TV set to be able to skip through all adverts at the press of a single button when watching on-demand shows.
It would be a slight difference to the current model seen on set-top boxes, such as Virgin’s TiVo, that lets users fast-forward though advertising on recorded programs.
However, sources claim the service would not be used with live television.
Rumours about an Apple TV set began last summer when sources claimed the company had been in talks with American cable firms about streaming live TV to an upcoming set.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has not yet reached a deal with American cable companies.
Apple already sells a £99 ‘Apple TV’, a small device which plugs into a HD TV.
A full Apple TV is expected to improve on this functionality, allowing users to see information about programmes they are watching and to change channels.
In April, analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets claimed in a research note that the Apple TV would have a 60-inch screen and cost £1,650.
These rumours have not been confirmed or denied by Apple.
White additionally claimed, after meeting with Apple suppliers in China and Taiwan, that the Apple TV set could be controlled using what’s been dubbed iRing – a ring worn by the viewer that could control channels, volumes and, potentially, the adverts when the viewer points their finger at the screen.
He added the ring could also have motion detectors built in.
White believes this ring will be accompanied by a small iPad-sized screen, to add security, telephone and video-conferencing tools.
Apple is reportedly offering $280million for an Israeli company called PrimeSense that created the motion sensing technology used in Microsoft’s Kinect sensors.
The PrimeSense technology can ‘see’ objects in 3D and Apple is believed to be wanting to buy the company to add this software to a gesture-controlled system for its TVs.
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