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Apple TV Apps for Techies

Apple TV Apps for Techies

After a long day at the office pounding away at the keyboard, here are some great Apple TV apps to use from the comfort of your couch.

When You Need to Take A Break

Thanks to the new Apple TV, cord cutting is even easier. When you're ready to unwind, here's some great ways to catch up on your favorite TV show or watch the latest movie.

Netflix

The quintessential app for binge-watching

Netflix
The best

For anyone who want to catch up on popular telelvision series and movies.

Everyone has heard of Netflix — it's the leading Internet streaming service for most of the hot shows and movies that you can't miss. A subscription for streaming starts at just $7.99 a month, with some pricier options if you have a 4K television and want higher quality streams. You can even go above that and get the DVD/Blu-Ray rental too, but it's optional. Netflix streaming has a lot of popular shows as well as original series that are worth watching. Plus, you can always find a decent movie to watch when it's movie night.

Why we love it

Netflix is the best way to pass the time as you binge-watch on original series or catch up on movies.

For those who...

  • You want original programming
  • You want to catch up on shows
  • You want Netflix and Chill

Not for those who...

  • You don't care for Netflix original programming
  • You don't like the library of shows and movies on Netflix streaming
  • You are tired of hearing "Netflix and Chill"
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more

Watch Game of Thrones without a cable subscription

HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
Watch Every HBO Show

For anyone who has wanted to watch HBO shows and movies without paying for cable.

HBO Now is a standalone HBO subscription service that lets you access all of HBO's content without a cable subscription. You'll get full episodes of hot shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley, as well as whatever movies are in rotation for the month. If you're a sports fan, you can also view boxing matches and never miss out on the action. Additionally, there are extras and bonuses in HBO NOW (and GO for cable susbcribers) that let you get inside looks on your favorite shows.

Why we love it

We love HBO shows, but it has always been too expensive for a cable subscription as well as HBO, since it is a premium channel. Now you can cut the cord with cable television and just have HBO by itself. What more do you need?

For those who...

  • You love HBO but thought it was too expensive before.
  • You need to catch up on Game of Thrones.

Not for those who...

  • You don't care for Game of Thrones or other shows.
  • You still think it's pretty expensive.

Fuel Your Techie Brain

When it's time to eat, there's no need to slave in the kitchen or even pickup a takeout menu. With these apps, you can order some grub without getting up from the couch.

Papa John's Pizza

Keep your feet kicked up and still get your favorite Papa John’s pizza delivered.

Papa John's Pizza
Find your favorite pizza

For those Apple TV users that enjoy Papa John’s pizza.

You are all relaxed on the couch watching an awesome movie or playing an exciting game on Apple TV when hunger strikes. With the Papa John’s Pizza app, you can now just pause what you are doing, order a fresh, tasty pizza, and get right back to the fun.

Why we love it

The Papa John’s Pizza app on Apple TV just makes sense. You can look at the menu with everything from pizzas to drinks to desserts, order favorites you have saved, check out easily with a click, and never leave the couch, well, not until your tasty pie arrives of course.

For those who...

  • Own an Apple TV and enjoy Papa John’s pizza
  • Love the idea of ordering delivery right from their TV

Not for those who...

  • Dislike Papa John’s pizza
  • Prefer to order their delivery by calling the location
Grubhub Food Delivery & Takeout

The food you want now

Grubhub Food Delivery & Takeout
Pick the perfect meal

Fill your hunger with the GrubHub app.

GrubHub Food Delivery & Takeout is something true couch potatoes have been dreaming about. Order your favorite foods with an Apple Remote and then watch your favorite show or film from the same screen. Not included: the walk to the door.

Why we love it

Just imagine ordering your favorite foods from your television. Yes, the future is here.

For those who...

  • You love food.
  • Are a true couch potato.
  • You want the total home entertainment experience.

Not for those who...

  • You like going out for dinner.
  • You rather use a phone for takeout.
  • You wish it was 1999.

Escape and Burn Off Some Energy

And at the end of the long day, it is always great too kick your feet up on the couch and escape with a fun game that will keep your mind sharp.

Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure

Explore a strange planet

Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure
A Sci-Fi Story

For those who like Sci-Fi adventures that emphasize story above all else.

Set in the retro-futuristic world of 1976, this strategic adventure follows a group of cosmic explorers to a strange planet. Solve perplexing puzzles and mysteries, keep track of inventory items, and control multiple characters as you cleverly plan your next move. Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure is an action, puzzle, and strategy game rolled into one.

Why we love it

Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure is easy to pick up and play. Even though you are almost guided through the beginning stages, you do still have to put on your thinking cap. The graphics are vibrant and the sound effects are entertaining.

For those who...

  • Like puzzle adventures.
  • Are story-based puzzle fans.
  • Enjoy sci-fi stories.

Not for those who...

  • Like intense action games.
  • Prefer standard puzzle games.
  • Don't like sci-fi.
Calvino Noir

A 1930s-era mystery to unravel

Calvino Noir
Deluxe Story With Choices

For those who like story driven games and film noir style.

Calvino Noir takes you through architecture from the 1930s as you sneak, explore, and conspire. With seven levels across three acts, you will coordinate multiple characters with varying skills. Use force when necessary and solve the mystery behind this film noir adventure.

Why we love it

This unique adventure is a good option for those who enjoy games with mystery, intrigue, and a rich story. With simple controls and a dark atmosphere, Calvino Noir provides an interesting gaming experience.

For those who...

  • Enjoy intense action games.
  • Like simple puzzlers.

Not for those who...

  • Enjoy mystery adventures.
  • Like story-based games.

Find All Your Tech News on Apple TV

From the latest iPhone rumor, to the hottest startup, and more, use these apps to keep up to date on the ever-changing technology industry.

TechCrunch Video

View the latest tech news from the popular blog

TechCrunch Video
Easy to navigate

For tech fans who want to view the latest news from the important sector.

The app is well-designed and easy to use. Head to the Home tab to view the most recent videos. If you're wanting to find something specific, just search. You can also browse Shows and events. If you find a video but don't have time to watch it, save it to your Watchlist for later.

Why we love it

TechCrunch is one of the biggest tech blog on the Internet, and for good reason. The coverage is top notch and hard to beat. And the TechCrunch Video app is a great way to catch up on the latest news from the sector.

For those who...

  • Enjoy reading the popular technology blog.
  • Want to dive deeper into the tech sector.

Not for those who...

  • Not a fan of the TechCrunch style.
  • Would rather read the blog itself.
TWiT on TV

Chat and watch at the same time

TWiT on TV
Get your chat on

For TWiT fans who want to chat with fellow viewers while watching.

Along with being able to view recorded content, the live view offers a fun feature. You can view a live chat overlay and comment with the onscreen keyboard, the Remote app keyboard, or a Bluetooth keyboard. You can skip and scrub through shows with the Siri Remote’s touchpad or your voice.

Why we love it

While you'll need to spend just a bit, TWiT on TV is worth it. The live chat overlay is fun and adds new level of community to the network. It's also great to be able to choose a stream quality for recorded shows. When live, the app will use an adaptive bitrate to deliver the highest quality video.

For those who...

  • Looking for a full-featured way to view content from the network.
  • Want to chat with fellow viewers while watching.

Not for those who...

  • Don't want to pay for a TWiT Apple TV app.