The video streaming industry took some key steps forward in the last few days as DirecTV Now arrived and Apple’s TV app became closer to becoming a reality. Meanwhile, the smartwatch industry took a decidedly less positive turn on two fronts.
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Expect iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 very soon
On Friday, Dec. 2, Apple released the fifth iOS 10.2 to developers. With the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown set to begin on Dec. 23, expect new public versions of iOS 10 and tvOS 10 to arrive in the coming days.
The next-generation versions of both operating systems feature Apple’s new unifying TV app, which was first introduced in October.
Meanwhile, the long-anticipated DirecTV Now service went online. Available for as little as $35 per month, the satellite-free video streaming service is available on Apple TV and other platforms including iOS and Roku.
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One of the most requested features for Netflix has now gone online. Subscribers of the most popular video stream service can now download content for offline use.
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It wasn’t a great week for non-Apple Watch smartwatch manufacturers. Early in the week, it was reported that Fitbit was buying Pebble mainly for its technology, meaning we’ve probably seen the last product branded with the Pebble name.
Meanwhile, Motorola announced that the company won’t be releasing a next-generation Moto 360 smartwatch — at least with Android 2.0. They said that wearables do not have broad enough appeal for them to continue in the medium.
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