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09-01-2010, 09:06 AM #1
Apple in the Living Room: Netflix and 99-Cent TV Shows
Apple will announce 99-cent rentals of TV shows from US broadcasters Fox and ABC at today's event, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal's report last night said that some Fox execs are worried about the pricing, but are going along with it as an "experiment" and to strengthen the relationship with Apple. Also, Bloomberg is reporting that the new $99 Apple TV expected to be announced today will be able to stream content from Netflix. Users would have to pay a monthly subscription fee of $8.99 for the service.
The Wall Street Journal's report, quoting the usual "people familiar with the matter," claimed that there was significant debate inside Fox about getting involved in Apple’s proposed Apple TV plans. The doubters are said to believe that the scheme might cause them to lose money by moving the TV business away from the traditional ad-based model. In the end, though, News Corp. which owns Fox – like Disney which owns ABC and has Steve Jobs as a major shareholder – decided to get on board as "a way to experiment with new pricing and distribution for TV shows," as the Journal report put it. Other major US TV networks like NBC and CBS are likely going to wait and see how the "experiment" goes before getting involved.
The TV content would be viewable on any computer or mobile device that can run iTunes, doubtless including the Apple TV, which is expected to be drastically revamped. Bloomberg is quoting "three people with knowledge of the plans" as saying that the new Apple TV will see a price drop of $130 US to $99, and will include programming from Netflix. The video-rental-by-mail company has an online service that makes movies and TV shows available by direct streaming for a price of $8.99 a month. Free Netflix "Watch Instantly" content would also presumably be available.
The movies would be streamed from Netflix's servers, but the new TV show content would reportedly all be hosted at Apple's server farm in North Carolina. Cult of Mac is claiming that today's live streaming event will be set up as that facility's first major test, as millions tune in to see whether any of these rumors are true.
Sources: AppleInsider, CNET
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 09-01-2010 at 09:09 AM.
09-01-2010, 09:11 AM #2
Netflix is great. But not new. My kids WII and Xbox 360 already do this not to mention my Samsung blueray has been doing this for over a year. Now if it is new movies and not ones that have been out a while that would be nice.
09-01-2010, 09:13 AM #3
If they add Hulu Plus which I would imagine they will. I'll dump my 360 in a heartbeat. They're jacking up the price of XBL and I NEVER play games anymore.
09-01-2010, 09:36 AM #4
I'd buy one asap for that price. Beats the Roku in functionality.Really?
09-01-2010, 09:45 AM #5
Here's an idea: buy an entry-level Mac mini, HDMI cable, and Remote HD on the App Store. Then turn on iTunes Sharing on all your household computers, download Hulu Desktop (free, by the way), and bookmark Netflix. And while we're at it, you might as well go buy a few DVDs to watch movies that AREN'T digital, or maybe a Wii Remote to play all your emulators on your Mac, too.
I don't care what this new Apple TV turns out to be--Apple already has a top-of-the-line, versatile, and customizable media center on the market, and it's called a Mac mini.
But clueless Apple freaks will buy the iTV anyway because it's "superior," or "magical," or "newer than the older one." So why even bother trying to make a point? [sigh]
09-01-2010, 09:50 AM #6
I'll take 20When the police want to know where someone is, they ask apple.
09-01-2010, 09:56 AM #7
Hulu+ FTW. The only thing I don't like is I have a PS3 in my living room and another one in my bedroom and I have to wait 24 hours before I can switch TV's. If I can swap one of these for an Apple TV and watch Hulu+ in both rooms simultaneously I'll sell my extra PS3 and get the Apple TV instead.
09-01-2010, 10:04 AM #8
09-01-2010, 10:05 AM #9
I bet other stations will jump on board.
09-01-2010, 10:08 AM #10
09-01-2010, 10:11 AM #11
09-01-2010, 10:51 AM #12
09-01-2010, 10:54 AM #13
Streaming on iPad at the courthouse :-)
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09-01-2010, 11:27 AM #14
I'm still unimpressed.
Until it will play streaming 1080 content, I don't see the point.
09-01-2010, 11:59 AM #15
Sie when has Netflix had free streaming? Just because it isn't "pay per view" doesn't make it "free."
09-01-2010, 12:32 PM #16
is steve gone crazy?99$ for a stupid box,plus 99% cent to streaming things i can get for free on tv and 4.99 to rent hd movies that i can donload on the net if you know where to get for free lol,man who ever pay for this garbage is more crazy than steve hahahahahaha.
09-01-2010, 12:34 PM #17
After seeing the demo I think its actually a good buy especially with the netflix account I mean heck now I can cutout all movie channels to at least cut down the cable bill. Once others join in such as Tru-tv, Speed Channel, ESPN I can see this expanding out over the years.
09-01-2010, 12:46 PM #18
09-01-2010, 12:58 PM #19
What the heck is wrong with ppl. Your buying a silver empty box for 100 bucks and apple wants you to fill it up with rentals from their store ONLY. C'mon ppl be smart with your money, buy a gaming console with hd support or buy an actual computer that's a lot more useful (mac mini) and IT WILL DO THE SAME EXACT THING!
09-01-2010, 12:59 PM #20