Thursday in CE: YouTube TV Comes to Roku, Apple with No Word on Firestick Spat
In a surprise twist that ended up actually hurting customer experience, Google and Amazon have been in a mild spat that led to YouTube being removed from Firestick. Yes, there is a workaround and yes it's terrible.
That makes the second narrative popping up even more interesting, as Roku and Apple TV are adopting YouTube TV on their respective cord-cutting platforms. The app is the same as the oneon Android TV, Xbox One and other platforms, complete with access to YouTube TV's unlimited cloud DVR, personalized recommendations, and a full grid-style program guide.
In addition to Roku, a YouTube representative confirmed to CNET that the app for Apple TV is "coming very soon."
YouTube TV, not to be confused with the free version of YouTube filled with music videos, late-night TV clips, and cute puppies costs $35 per month and appeals to CBS, Fox, and NBC as well as cable stalwarts like AMC, ESPN, the Disney Channel, Fox News and Bravo. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET and Showtime.) Initially restricted to a handful of cities, YouTube TV is now , covering 80 percent of the U.S. population.. Its package of 40-plus live TV channels includes locals such as ABC,
This doesn't exactly build confidence that the never-ending spat between Google and Amazon will end.
Apple had a Weak Q1 Financial Report, And That's Fine
There was a big grumbling as Apple's earnings report draws closer that the iPhone X didn't quite hit the mark Apple wanted.
What we saw was a massive slashing of projected manufacturing to the iPhone X as it lost it's footing in key markets such as America and Europe. But that's fine, namely because the iPhone X is an experimental phone and an expensive one at that.
Apple took a calculated (read courageous) move to look their loyalists in the eye and tell them everything they knew about the look and use of an iPhone is wrong, while still supplyingana iPhone 8 for the less enthusased. The iPhone X was touted as an entirely new experience not just for the iPhone, but for the entire smartphone market.
And they were sort of right. Swiping gestures have existed for a long time, even in Apple's proprietary cards format. The notch was certainly new and underselling a flagship has also been an unfamiliar experience.
But selling fewer units of a substantially more expensive smartphone was always inevitable with the iPhone X. The effect of the sales Apple has had is more important here. Kantar Worldpanel’s latest data on mobile operating systems suggests that the X model helped Apple increase its share versus Android in some of the world’s biggest markets. Across Europe, the United States, Japan, urban China, and Australia, the iPhone X was one of the top three best-selling phones in December. Consider that this is a device whose starting price outside the US is even higher, starting at $1,400 or more, and it can inch close to $2,000 once all the necessary accessories are factored in.