Archives for : June2013

Fleeting Moments of Android Envy

They don’t happen often, but sometimes I do get envious of things over on Android, though I don’t imagine for an instant that there aren’t Android developers thinking the same of iOS (heaven help you if you try to do media on that platform). A few recent examples…

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Crunchy Apple TV

Nice surprise this morning that the latest Apple TV update adds an app for Crunchyroll, my go-to source for anime streaming.

Crunchyroll running on Apple TV

But there’s a catch (isn’t there always?). This version of Crunchyroll is members-only. If you don’t have a membership, you can watch the first episode of each of 20 or so anime series, and a comparable number of Japanese and Korean dramas. That’s in sharp contrast to Crunchy on the web and on other platforms, where most of the library is free-with-ads, and the benefits of subscribing are no ads, HD, and immediate access to simulcasts instead of a two week wait (there are a handful of episodes here and there that are also subscribers-only, like the last half of anohana).

For the freeloaders, you’re probably still better off getting the Crunchyroll app for iOS and AirPlay’ing it to the Apple TV, or just switch platforms and get Crunchyroll for Roku.

As a subscriber, I perpetually have Crunchyroll all-access passes to give out, and which keep expiring unused, so hit me up on Twitter if you want one, though (as The Loop’s Peter Cohen reminds me), you might be better off just grabbing the one-week trial through the Apple TV, or two weeks from Crunchyroll’s website.

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AV Foundation and the void

Yesterday I streamed some WWDC sessions while driving to meet with a client. At a stop, I posted this pissy little tweet:

It got enough quizzical replies (and a couple favorites), I figured I should elaborate as best I can, while staying away from all things NDA.

Part of what I’m reacting to comes from a habit of mine of deliberately seeking the unseen, which I picked up either from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, or Bastiat’s essay Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas (“What is Seen and What is Unseen”), because of course with me it’s going to either be samurai or economics, right? Anyways, the idea is to seek truth not in what you encounter, but what is obvious by its absence. It’s something I try to do when editing: don’t focus only on what’s there in the document, also figure out if anything should be there, and isn’t.

And when I look at AV Foundation on iOS and especially on OS X, I feel like there are a lot of things missing.

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The Case Against an Apple TV SDK

It seems just last year we were on the verge of WWDC, wondering whether Apple might release an Apple TV SDK. Oh, that’s right, it was last year that we were talking about this. And there’s still no SDK, but hope springs annual.

Playing a bit with the Roku SDK has me reconsidering if and why an Apple TV SDK makes sense, and I think it boils down to one simple question:

What can you do better on an Apple TV than you can do with the iPhone or iPad you’re already using?

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