Apple to launch online TV service with support from major providers this fall, report

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    Apple to launch online TV service with support from major providers this fall, report



    Apple is reportedly in talks with major television content providers and broadcasters to launch a subscription online TV service that will be piped to Apple TV and supported iOS devices.

    People familiar with Apple's ongoing talks told The Wall Street Journal that the forthcoming service, which is to be made available on various Apple devices like the Apple TV, will boast support from ABC, CBS, Fox and more.

    The report claims Apple intends to announce official details at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June and could roll out the service in September at prices ranging from $30 to $40 per month. Rates are above Dish Network's $20-per-month Sling TV Internet service, which comes with a slew of channels including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, El Rey, Maker, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Galavision, CNN, and ABC Family.

    According to sources, Apple is in talks with Disney, CBS, 21st Century Fox and other companies to create a "skinny" bundle of flagship channels. Unlike standard cable packages, smaller networks would be left out of Apple's initial offering. Channels under NBCUniversal's umbrella, like USA and Bravo, are not expected to appear at launch due to disagreements between Apple and NBC's parent company Comcast.

    As recently as last year, Apple was said to be discussing a set-top solution in partnership with Comcast, but negotiations supposedly broke down.

    Apple has for years been rumored to be working on a bespoke Internet-based service for its Apple TV set-top streamer, but was met with resistance from content providers at every corner. The idea is to grant users access to TV programming over the Web, a move that would both sidestep cable and enable mobile device connectivity.

    Monday's report lines up with rumors that claimed Apple was working on hammering out details for an over-the-top, Web-based service in February.





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    NBC plans cable-dependent Apple TV app for second half of 2015



    Despite reports that NBC Universal is not involved in negotiations for Apple’s upcoming subscription TV replacement service, NBC still hopes to arrive on the Apple TV as soon as the second half of 2015, according to a source with knowledge of NBC’s digital roadmap. A recent presentation slide provided by the source shows that NBC wants to launch Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox apps during the second half of this year, following its existing apps for iOS and Android devices. NBC also would like to add new affiliate stations, Nielsen Rating integration, and support for Google’s Chromecast…

    Yesterday’s report from The Wall Street Journal said that NBC is not involved in negotiations for the new Apple subscription television service due to a “falling-out” between Comcast and Apple, which likely affected Apple’s planned mid-2014 launch of new Apple TV hardware, software, and services. Despite this falling out, it appears that NBC executives still want NBC on the Apple TV regardless of whether it’s included in the $30-$40 service. According to the source, the NBC Apple TV application currently in the works will function similarly to other content apps on the current Apple TV model.

    Like some of the Apple TV’s other television streaming apps, NBC’s upcoming app will require a cable subscription, requiring the user to verify an existing cable account. That’s the model NBC hopes to continue this year on the Apple TV if talks for the Web TV service continue to stall. According to the source, NBC Universal is still in negotiations with local affiliate networks across the United States to ensure that cable box customers will be able to verify themselves across the country on the Apple TV. The NBC Apple TV app will allow customers to “tune into local news and syndicated programming” at no additional cost, according to the source.

    Yesterday’s report indicated that 25 channels, including ABC, CBS, Disney, and Fox, are in talks for the Apple Web TV service. Currently, Apple TV users can access content from the likes of CNBC, ABC, Fusion, and The History Channel, in a fashion identical to the NBC application currently in development. Apple recently announced a brief exclusivity deal with HBO Now, which will kick off in April. According to sources, Apple is working on a new Apple TV box with a thinner form-factor, redesigned user interface, and upgraded remote controller with improved button tactility.





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    WSJ: Apple announcing $30-40/month Web TV service in June, shipping in September with



    According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to launch an online TV service this fall with support for “about” 25 channels. According to the report, the service will debut on all of Apple’s iOS devices, ranging from the Apple TV to the iPhone and iPad, and will be announced in June (which is also when the Beats overhaul will debut) and fully released in September of this year. Industry executives said that the service will be priced between $30 and $40 when it launches. Of the 25 channels, the service will be headlined by ABC, CBS and Fox.


    “The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.”


    But even with those cornerstone channels, some notable ones may be left out. As of right now, Apple is currently not in talks with NBCUniversal due to a rift between Apple and Comcast, an NBCUniversal parent company. NBCUniversal owns the NBC broadcast network and other cable networks like Bravo and USA. Apple has also been in talks with Disney, which should be convenient as CEO Bob Iger is on the Apple Board.

    We reported a few weeks ago that Apple is readying a thinner Apple TV box with a new remote control and a redesigned user-interface. It would make sense for Apple to launch the pair of hardware and services products in tandem later this year. A taste of what to expect from the new service will ship in April, which is when Apple’s exclusivity deal with HBO Now will kickoff for $15 per month.





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    So, what's going to happen to Apple's set top box (Apple TV device)? If this is a stand-alone service, then the set top box won't be a requirement. I was planning to buy one but now it appears that I should wait.
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    WSJ: Apple in talks to add Discovery and Viacom to rumored Web TV service



    Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and the Discovery Channel are among the channels that could be making their way to Apple’s reported new web TV service, as the WSJ reports that Apple is in talks with Discovery and Viacom. The paper had earlier said that Apple’s online TV service would be announced in June and launched in September with 25+ channels.

    Discovery, owner of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC, and Viacom, owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, are in talks to be on the Apple service, people familiar with the matter said.

    We first heard about the plans in early February. ABC, CBS and Fox are already believed to be on board for the service, which is expected to cost somewhere in the $25-40/month range …

    One notable absence from the planned line-up is NBC, believed to be due to a falling-out between Apple and Comcast. The latest information is that NBC instead plans an Apple TV app in the second half of this year. This would, however, still require a cable subscription to allow access.

    It has also been suggested that Apple may be offering to share viewing data with its TV partners as a sweetener to persuade them to sign-up, something which seems at odds with its strong stance on data privacy.





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    Apple reportedly asking providers handle cost and infrastructure for rumored streamin



    Apple is laying the the cost and responsibility of streaming infrastructure on TV networks participating in its upcoming subscription Internet TV service, according to industry executives quoted in a Wednesday report.

    Speaking with people familiar with the matter, Re/code reports that while streaming video is normally a relatively low-cost proposition, Apple is concerned that those costs could escalate dramatically for a heavily-promoted service.

    Apple's head of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is reportedly in charge of negotiations for the new platform and telling TV executives that Apple wants to concentrate on its strengths, namely hardware and software, leaving streaming infrastructure to more experienced parties.

    One source lobs a different theory, saying they think Apple could be angling to present Internet service providers with a more enticing deal. If providers field their own streams, ISPs that also bundle content may be less likely to kneecap Apple's rumored service, the report said.

    As noted by the publication, Apple's request is to be expected considering many video services already "stand up" their own streams in partnership with third-party content delivery networks. Some content providers supposedly in talks with Apple, like Fox, CBS and Disney, are among those networks.

    Little else is known about the upcoming service. Earlier reports have suggested that it could be announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and launch in September at prices between $30 and $40. In terms of content Apple is expected to offer a "skinny" bundle of channels, including major ones but omitting more niche content.

    Subscriptions could launch alongside a new Apple TV pegged for the same timeframe. The set-top is believed to be getting an A8 processor, Siri, and extra storage, the later required for a new App Store.





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    Apple Asks TV Programmers to Supply Their Own Streams for Apple’s TV Service



    Apple wants the TV guys to provide their shows for its proposed streaming video service. But that’s not the only thing Apple wants from the TV guys: It wants them to provide the streams, too.

    Apple is asking TV networks to handle the responsibility and cost of the streaming infrastructure associated with its Web video service, industry executives say. That issue is one of many unresolved questions about the proposed service, which Apple would like to launch next fall but can’t until it lines up programming deals.

    Apple’s proposal isn’t necessarily surprising, since video services that stream via Apple apps today — including some of the networks Apple wants to work with, like Fox, CBS and Disney — all “stand up” their own streams, by working with content delivery networks like EdgeCast.

    Streaming video costs aren’t prohibitive: Delivery to your living room runs an average of around five cents per hour per stream, says Tom Morgan, a video industry veteran now running streaming service Net2TV.

    That said, outside of Netflix, which streams billions of hours of video every three months, most streaming services haven’t experienced significant demand to date. The notion of paying their own freight for a heavily promoted Apple service has given executives pause, sources say.

    TV sources say Apple executive Eddy Cue, who heads up the company’s media efforts and is leading negotiations for the new streaming service, has told them that Apple feels it should concentrate on what it’s best at — creating consumer hardware and software — and leave other tasks, like streaming infrastructure, for people who specialize in it.

    An alternative theory, suggested by someone involved in the discussions: Apple thinks that if programmers are responsible for handling their own streams, Internet providers like Comcast* and Verizon, who sell their own bundles of video programming, will be less likely to penalize Apple’s service.

    Last year, Netflix complained loudly that it had to sign commercial agreements with Comcast, Verizon and other broadband providers in order to get speedy delivery of its streams.

    Apple declined to comment.





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    New Apple TV rumored to debut in September with touchpad remote, dedicated app store




    A report on Thursday claims Apple plans to unveil a next-generation Apple TV model with its own app store, revamped remote control, Siri support and more at the company's yearly iPhone event in September.

    Sources familiar with the matter informed BuzzFeed News of the upcoming launch plans, emphasizing that Apple intends to also introduce a dedicated Apple TV app store and software development kit.

    Hardware is said to be thinner than current Apple TV models and contain refreshed internal components like a faster A8 system on chip, more storage and a revamped operating system with support for Apple's Siri virtual assistant. Today's report echoed earlier rumblings that a revamped remote with touchpad controls is to be included with every unit.

    Evidence pointing to an Apple TV refresh has mounted over the past few months. In June, for example, code discovered in an iOS 9 beta referenced an as-yet-unreleased set-top box.

    Initial reports claimed Apple TV would debut at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple allegedly postponed the unveiling because the product wasn't fit for prime time.

    As for Apple's rumored over-the-top subscription streaming service, BuzzFeed said not to expect an introduction in September, as the company is currently negotiating deals with content providers and major networks. The unannounced service might see the light of day later this year, but more likely in 2016, the report said.





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