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  • Apple Reportedly in Talks With ABC, Disney, and Others to Launch Streaming TV Service


    Recent reports from The Wall Street Journal are claiming that Apple is looking to launch a subscription-based streaming TV service and is in talks with Fox, Walt Disney, and CBS. The report notes that the service will feature approximately 25 channels and will be between $30-$40 per month. It was also noted that the Cupertino-based company would be launching the service at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. The service will apparently be available for the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad later this year.

    The WSJ said that NBCUniversal will not be one of the channels featured in the service due to the fallout between Apple and NBC’s parent company Comcast. Other networks like FX, ESPN, ABC, and CBS will apparently offer lightweight packages on the streaming TV service. Rumors have been going around for many years claiming the company was in talks of launching a subscription-based TV service. Apple has not yet mentioned anything in regards to this, but maybe they will soon when certain plans get confirmed.

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    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly in Talks With ABC, Disney, and Others to Launch Streaming TV Service started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Unless they really pull off something awesome I don't think I'm ready to pay for yet another streaming service. No service yet has made it worth cutting the cord with FiOS so it's difficult to justify the cost for me.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Thanks for effort Apple. But unless ISP's can offer reasonable starting Internet (15MB/s Down & 10MB/s Up) for $20 or less, it's not work it. Let's take Time Warner Cable for example: Internet, Cable, and Phone for $89.99. Internet alone for reasonable speeds starts at $64.99. At the moment, it's still cheaper to stick with cable.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      If I am not streaming Netflix now with all the goodies they have, why would I want to stream stuff I already have on cable?
      If I want fast internet that would mean Cable, if I have cable ISP already why would I want to stream TV shows when I can easily just get cable TV?
      Sooner or later cable TV provider will limit streaming/downloading speed on their service like the wireless providers, sure technically it is unlimited but after getting to your cap of 300GB/month of high speed we drop your speed from 50 mbps to 5 mbps...
    1. sepelcure's Avatar
      sepelcure -
      Yes please!
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Already have something like this with my roku3 (sling). Not sure why people are still buying Apple TV. WAY outdated.
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      This news headlines is actually "Apple in talks with self to launch streaming TV service" because the only ones named in the headline are essentially themselves. Disney owns Pixar and ABC and ALL are extremely close Apple partners because *gasp* Steve Jobs was CEO of Pixar too!
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      Thanks for effort Apple. But unless ISP's can offer reasonable starting Internet (15MB/s Down & 10MB/s Up) for $20 or less, it's not work it. Let's take Time Warner Cable for example: Internet, Cable, and Phone for $89.99. Internet alone for reasonable speeds starts at $64.99. At the moment, it's still cheaper to stick with cable.
      Don't forget all the other crap they add to it, too!
      Here's my last cable bill before I severed (haven't completely cut) the cord:


      Original Bill
      HD Preferred PLUS Xf 02/21 - 03/20 189.95
      Bundle Includes Digital Preferred With HBO,
      STARZ, Access To Premium On Demand
      Programming, Video Equipment, Includes HD
      Technology Fee, Internet Service and Digital
      Voice Unlimited
      Total XFINITY Bundled Services $189.95

      Additional Outlet 02/21 - 03/20 9.95
      HD Converter
      Additional Outlet 02/21 - 03/20 19.95
      HD/DVR
      HD/DVR Converter 02/21 - 03/20 10.00
      Total Additional XFINITY TV Services $39.90

      D3 Emta Modem Lease Fee 02/21 - 03/20 10.00
      Extreme 02/21 - 03/20 0.00
      Internet Service
      Total Additional XFINITY Internet Services $10.00

      Univ. Connectivity Chg. 1.17
      Regulatory Recovery Fees 0.51
      Broadcast TV Fee 3.25
      Regional Sports Fee 1.00
      Total Other Charges & Credits $5.93

      PEG Access 1.88
      City Amusement Tax 13.91
      Internet
      Leased Transaction Tax 0.90
      Voice
      Infrastructure Maintenance Fee 0.17
      State and Local Excise Tax 4.78
      911 Fee(s) 3.90
      Total Taxes, Surcharges & Fees $35.45


      So that $189 'mid-tier deal' (for 1 DVR, 1 non-DVR box, a cable modem and a phone we didn't use) turns in to over $280 a month and 80% of those channels no one in the house watches or cares about (we only speak english; we don't shop on TV; we go to a church to get our religion; we don't get our news from Faux News or MSNot [although C-SPAN is entertaining in the mornings]; we don't get softcore pr0n from Skin-emax; etc.)

      I'll even forgive them taxes and other regulatory fees they don't have control over but of $239.85/month we were paying, we were using a very small fraction of their bundled services to watch about 20-30 hours of programming a week. I did the math and if we paid Apple's premium fees for season passes to the stuff we watch, we'd still be paying -- over a year -- about half of what we were paying.

      We're now down to

      New Bill
      Digital Economy 03/21 - 04/20 39.95
      Includes Limited Basic Service Digital
      Converter and Remote
      Additional Outlet 03/21 - 04/20 9.95
      HD Converter
      HDTV Converter Service 03/21 - 04/20 0.00
      HD Technology Fee 03/21 - 04/20 9.95
      Service Discount -9.95
      Hector/search HD 03/08 7:33 P.M. 5.99
      Total XFINITY TV $55.89

      Docsis 3 Modem Lease 03/21 - 04/20 10.00
      High-speed Internet 03/21 - 04/20 53.95
      Performance Internet Svc 03/21 - 04/20 0.00
      Total XFINITY Internet $63.95

      or $119.84 (not included taxes/regulatory fees) to get basic channels and 30Mbps down and 4Mbps up -- and that $55.89 is going away in the next month or so.

      So, actually, yeah, the $63.95, plus taxes & fees I'm paying now is going to be way cheaper than whatever Comcast was doing here in Chicago. And you can add on to that any thing from Hulu to Apple TV service and it will still be cheaper.

      The only thing I really need to be concerned with is Net Neutrality: if Comcast decides they don't like be only an internet access provider and want to degrade the performance of Hulu, or Netflix or Apple... there's not much I can do except start reading more books... and maybe *shiver* start spending more time with my family