Latest few months rumors are circulating that Apple is working on a revamped Apple TV, which may include capabilities like support for games and apps and expanded access to television content. A possible refresh of the Apple TV will instead have to wait until next year. Sources speaking with information say the reason for the delay is the cable companies, particularly Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable.
As per sources the Apple engineers who are working on aspects of the device have been told by their bosses not to expect a launch this year and are working off timelines that assume a launch next year, Apple is working to wedge itself between cable companies and consumers, potentially providing content from cable companies through its set-top box, overlaid with an Apple TV-style interface. Apple is also seeking to add DVR capabilities to the service.
In 2013, Apple was said to be close to completing a deal with Time Warner Cable over a possible TWC Apple TV app, allowing Time Warner subscribers to watch live television through the Apple TV, but the negotiations may have stalled due to the pending Time Warner-Comcast merger.
Earlier this year, a product roadmap from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed towards a Q3 2014 launch date for the redesigned Apple TV, but based on The In formations new data, it seems any potential launch plans have now been pushed back.