Apple’s discussions with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox initially foundered over the tech giant’s desire to offer on the soon-to-launch service local live TV feeds streamed on any Apple device, sources said. But networks don’t control affiliate feeds. So Apple CEO Tim Cook’s team asked the networks to obtain those rights — instead of having Apple chase those rights around the country itself.
It seems as though this strategy is paying off with networks being close to having the right to negotiate with Apple on behalf of their affiliates. The networks are telling affiliates that if they opt in, they will be able to share in the added revenue that Apple's service will produce.
A source confirmed that CBS is talking to affiliates about conducting Apple negotiations on their behalf. Another executive said that Fox “has the ability to negotiate with Apple [for affiliates], or it will have it very soon.” It's expected that Disney or CBS will be the first to sign a deal with Apple to get its skinny bundle going.
There is still negotiation over Apple's typical requirement that partners give 30% of subscription revenues to the company if users sign up in the App Store.
The monthly fee for Apple TV is still being decided as well. Estimates range from $10 to $40/month. This would obviously depend on the channel offering. Apple reportedly wants cable channels such as Discovery and ESPN to be part of the package. There have even been rumors that Apple is working on an NFL offering.
Apple is now expected to unveil its new Apple TV this fall. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.