AWT News Update: July 20, 2015

On this day in 1969, mankind first walked on the Moon as two the Apollo 11 astronauts -- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin -- stepped outside of the lunar module "Eagle". On this day in 2015, here's what happenend in the world of Apple:

  • The National Football League announced a new domestic Game Pass service compatible with Apple TV
  • MTV announced that it will reveal the nominees for the 2015 Video Music Awards on Apple's Beats 1 radio station tomorrow at 7 AM PT/10 AM ET
  • Apple World Today will be liveblogging the Apple 3Q 2015 earnings call. You can listen to the call yourself at but you'll have to visit Apple World Today for our commentary
  • Apple's leasing about 30,000 square feet of office space in Seattle

The text version of the podcast is available below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for Monday, July 20, 2015. If I sound crabby, it’s because today I’ve spent over an hour on the phone with two of the worst companies out there — Comcast and Century Link.

Guess what, NFL fans in the US? On July 31, you’ll be able to watch full games on Apple TV. On that day, the NFL is going to launch an overhauled domestic Game Pass service. The Apple TV is listed on the NFL website as one of the compatible platforms, and iPhone and iPad owners will also be able to watch on an updated NFL Mobile app. Subscribers to the service get to see all 256 regular season games on demand, but live streaming is restricted to out-of-market preseason games. If you feel like watching any NFL game back to 2009, it will be available to you. Pricing of the service is unknown at this time, but the similar Game Rewind currently costs $25 per season.

MTV announced today that it will reveal the nominees for the 2015 Video Music Awards exclusively on Apple’s Beats 1 radio station. If you’re listening tomorrow morning at 7 AM PT/10 AM ET to the Beats 1 Chart show hosted by Brooke Reece, you’ll hear it all live. Beats 1 is free even to people who aren’t Apple Music subscribers on iOS devices with Apple Music and on Macs and Windows PCs via iTunes.

One reminder to Apple World Today readers and listeners of this podcast; tomorrow afternoon we will be liveblogging the Apple Fiscal Year 2015 3rd Quarter results phone call. You can listen to the call on a QuickTime livestream by pointing your browser to [].

Apple is expanding its office space in Seattle, a city that’s often associated with Amazon and Microsoft. The company signed a lease for the 44th and 45th floors of the Two Union Square office tower, with about 30,000 square feet of space on the lease. That could fit anywhere between 120 and 200 workers, depending on how small a cubicle the workers can put up with. It’s unknown why Apple is leasing the space, although it’s thought that Apple might be hoping to tap the talent pool of cloud-oriented workers in the city. Apple took over Seattle-based cloud computing startup Union Bay Networks last year, and many of those employees have been working on Apple’s cloud services since that time.

We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon for another edition of the AWT News Update.