Tag Archives: Apple TV

More Horrors Await You

IMG_0015Yet another new frontier awaits!

If it wasn’t bad enough that we invaded local television with the TV program Fusion Patrol many years ago, and now we’ve launched the almost-totally-unrelated Fusion Patrol Podcast for your Internet and iPod entertainment, now it looks like Apple is opening the iBookstore to self-published books.

I had this idea for a yet-even-more-totally-unrelated Fusion Patrol book… perhaps I should finish writing it while I’m in Taiwan.

According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog:

You don’t need a publisher, distributor, agent or anything else for that matter. You can decide how much to charge and which countries (that have an iBook store) to sell into. You also get the same deal as the app publishers, meaning that Apple takes 30% and you keep 70% of the revenue.

I’m there! Well… writing and finishing a book is probably the easiest part. I’m sure any author will agree…. 😉

Doctor Who – Under the Radar

My Apple TV did something very strange today – something that I can’t recall that it has ever done before. I think it crashed.

One minute it was showing my flickr screensaver and the next moment I noticed it was asking me what language I wanted my Apple TV to operate in. I choose English and it forced a reboot.

When it was done, I poked around to see if I had somehow missed a software update and looked over the content. Under TV shows, there was a staggering number of channels! Far more than I realized were available on the Apple TV. (TV being such crap as it is, rarely has anything I want to watch, let alone pay for the “privilege”.) But there was BBC America, so I thought, why not look.

Shock! Primeval! Torchwood (blech), Little Britain and Doctor Who… but not just Doctor Who with a Tennant… I was full-on staring at Tom Baker in Creature From the Pit! Sure enough, iTunes now not only has classic Doctor Who, but they have episodes spanning most of the Doctors and many that have never been released on DVD.

Real classics like “Time and the Rani”, “Underworld”, “The Sun Makers” and Nightmare of Eden”. Sadly, Horns of Nimon seems to be missing.

All kidding aside, there’s about 27 stories, including real classics like The Time Monster, Planet of the Spiders, the Mutants and The Krotons.

Each story is sold by the individual episode of $1.99 each, with each story being packaged as a “season” for the cost of the episodes put together.

A quick check on the net revealed this story on Wired from last month revealing that they were available. Wonder why I never saw anything about it in either my regularly monitored Doctor Who or Apple news feeds?