A low-cost Apple TV dongle could be a thing, going after the Fire TV Stick and Chromecast

A low-cost Apple TV dongle could be a thing, going after the Fire TV Stick and Chromecast
It’s no longer a big secret that Apple is preparing a big push into an already crowded video streaming market, but original programming will likely only get the company so far in its upcoming battle against Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

Of course, the Cupertino-based tech giant has been selling Apple TV digital media players for more than a decade, laying the hardware groundwork for the completion of a home entertainment ecosystem that continues to lack a truly compelling proprietary software platform.

At the same time, the likes of Amazon and Google have another very powerful weapon in their arsenal that Apple cannot currently compete with. Believe it or not, an exclusive new report from The Information suggests a budget-friendly rival for the Fire TV Stick and Chromecast lineup could happen... someday.

Technically, the publication’s inside sources claim Apple “considered a new connected TV dongle” at an unspecified point in time, contemplating “going downmarket on its TV hardware.”

It remains unclear how far these “internal discussions” went and what stage might the project be in right now, but the simple fact a low-cost Apple TV “dongle” was in consideration gives us hope. Hope that the company will go after a wider audience in the connected TV space than the smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch markets.

Keep in mind that a 4K-enabled Apple TV box still starts at $179, while Amazon sells a Fire TV Stick 4K with an all-new Alexa voice remote for as little as 50 bucks normally, shaving off an additional $15 for Black Friday. That’s a pretty massive gap Apple may not afford to leave unfilled when its highly anticipated Netflix “killer” finally arrives next year exclusively for Apple devices, according to rumors.

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8 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1420; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

How original...

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And soon, other will follow.. /s

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2259; Member since: May 04, 2015

Apple and "low cost" are mutually exclusive terms. Why would anyone buy this turd?

2. JuniorJenny

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 13, 2018

this is awesome

4. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

That market is already cornered, they're like 3yrs late..... Oh, for the low low price of $150, am I right

5. kennybenny

Posts: 214; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

For the low price of $99. Remote sold separately for another $69. Unless you have a IOS device laying around, then it's $8.99 for the remote app. Apple stickers sold separately for $2.99. Instruction manual sold separately for $9.99.

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1259; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

You forgot the proprietary charger for 79$. No, none of apple's other devices' chargers will work.

6. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I won't spend over $50 on a TV box.

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