Now the biggest powerhouse in the media-entertainment world, Walt Disney Co. will be launching its Disney+ streaming service this year.
It would be great if those who have already bought into the Apple ecosystem with an Apple TV got the benefit of a free Apple streaming service subscription. According to the report, it isn't clear if Apple will reveal the new service on Monday, but it is taking up with partners to build up the service.
According to The Information, Apple may offer bundled discounts for packages of premium channels. "Because if it was, everyone would be on the lower price plan", Hastings added. This is not that uncommon for those who buy premium channels from your cable company.
He is expected to shine a light on two new products - a content streaming platform and a news subscription - ushering a completely new era for the Cupertino giant.
The show will be live streamed on Apple's website, and iOS and MacOS users can watch it on the Safari browser.
With the arrival of the 4K-enabled Apple TV previous year we'd be very surprised if Apple's streaming service didn't boast super-high resolution playback.
Aside from original content, CNBC has reported that the new streaming service will also have a number of 'Channels'. Apple has also booked a series from "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle, an "Amazing Stories" reboot from Steven Spielberg and an animated series from the creator of Fox's "Bob's Burgers". While the company has been investing in creating original content such as Ghoul, Little Things, Love Per Square Foot, Sacred Games and Selection Day for Indian consumers, it needs to do more and bring more Bollywood as well as regional content to its library.
Indeed, reports from earlier this year said that data sharing and revenue splits have been a sticking point in negotiations between Apple and some networks like HBO.
At CES, it was announced AirPlay 2 and HomeKit would be available in LG, VIZIO, and Samsung's entire 2019 line-up. Within that app, Apple is going to allow device users to subscribe to now available streaming services, similar to Amazon Channels.
So what about Android or Roku/Fire TV users? This latter approach seems to be less likely - it's just not really Apple's style - but it may be grudgingly required based on the deals that Apple has had to work out with third-party media providers.
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