Apple Streaming TV Service Coming in September?
Apple is said to be working on a subscription-based streaming television service, according to two new reports from The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
The streaming TV service would be slimmed down to about 25 channels from major networks, according to WSJ, effectively eliminating much of the extraneous channel offerings on general cable and satellite packages. Disney, Fox, CBS, and ESPN are said to potentially be included in the streaming package.
The New York Times suggests the streaming TV service could be announced later in the year. The Wall Street Journal offers more specifics, saying the service could be announced in June for a launch in September. The streaming video would be available on all hardware from Apple, including Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. While there’s no mention of the Mac, presumably Mac users would also have access to the service.
The NY Times presents the streaming TV ability as an alternative to cable subscriptions:
The service, which could be announced later this year, would offer a bundle of channels that is smaller and cheaper than the bloated catalog of offerings in a typical cable subscription, said these people, who asked not to be named because the conversations were confidential and not completed.
The plan would potentially offer networks owned by the television groups Disney, Fox, CBS and Discovery, the people said Tuesday. That could include the broadcast networks ABC, CBS and Fox, along with a lineup of other cable networks, such as ESPN and Discovery Channel.
Both the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal suggest the price point could be between $25 to $40 per month.
Currently, Apple offers various streaming video services, movies, and TV shows through iTunes and Apple TV.