iTunes has been replaced by Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Books, and Apple Podcasts on iOS and MacOS devices. Prior iTunes media library content can now be found in these new apps. Instructions on how to manage Apple Music and other subscriptions are available.
Apple AirPlay is a wireless protocol that allows MacOS computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs to wirelessly send content to compatible TVs and speakers. Each device must meet Apple’s system requirements in order to use AirPlay.
Apple AirPlay is currently at version 2.0 and uses Apple HomeKit technology. This wireless protocol functionality was originally developed under the names Apple AirTunes or Apple AirPort.
Some of the future products that were displayed include:
- LG rollable 65-inch OLED TV with a flexible screen that rolls up as needed;
- Samsung Space Monitor, a computer monitor with a stand that minimizes desk space usage;
- FlexPai, a smartphone made by Chinese company Royole with a flexible folding screen.
A full list of new products introduced at CES 2019 may be found at www.ces.tech/Media/New-Product-Launches.aspx.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently held a spectrum auction to improve wireless services nationwide. As a result, some over-the-air (OTA) antenna TV channels will soon be broadcasting on a different frequency. These changes will begin in 2018 and may not end until at least 2020.
TVanswers.org is a website created by National Association of Broadcasters to help TV viewers with this transition.
Other sites that can help with the positioning of an antenna for the best TV channel signal include:
Kodi is a free open source media player and entertainment center for multiple platforms, including Android, Linux, MacOS X, iOS, Windows, and Xbox One. It is also available as a downloadable app from Google Play and Microsoft Store.
Kodi was originally known as Xbox Media Center (XBMC) and developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. It plays audio, video, and image files, and third-party plugins are available to add additional features. The Kodi Wiki page lists more details about configurations and options for this app.
Microsoft has removed the ability to play DVDs from Windows Media Player as part of the Windows 10 Feature Deprecation. Instead, Microsoft has made a separate Windows Store App for Windows DVD Player, available for purchase at the current price of $14.99. This app does not currently play Blu-ray discs.
A free alternative DVD player is VLC Media Player, which is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux. It is an open source product developed by VideoLAN, a non-profit organization made up of volunteers. VLC does not specify playback of Blu-ray discs, although VideoLAN does have LibBluRay available.