Apple and Hollywood Studios in Disagreement Over Pricing of 4K Movies for New Apple TV

Apple and Hollywood Studios in Disagreement Over Pricing of 4K Movies for New Apple TV

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Apple is at odds with several Hollywood studios over pricing of 4K movies which will be viewable via its next generation Apple TV, reports the WSJ. Apple is purportedly planning to introduce the new Apple TV at a media event on September 12th, alongside its new iPhones and Apple Watch.

Apple wants to have major Hollywood films available in ultra-high definition on the new device, expected to go on sale later this year. However, it wants to charge $19.99 for those movies—on par with what it sometimes charges for new HD movies, the people with knowledge of the discussions said. Several Hollywood studios want to charge $5 to $10 more for 4K movies, the people said.

The company is likely arguing that lower prices will help expand the category and generate more long-term revenue; however, studios are concerned about preserving profit margins and higher prices for better quality formats. “I wouldn’t tell Apple how to price their iPads,” an executive told the WSJ.

There's not much time for Apple to close deals. September 12th is fast approaching and Apple needs to tout 4K support as a major feature of its next generation streaming media player. The Apple TV has lost market share to Roku and Amazon, both of which offer a competing product for far less money. The feature could also help the iTunes Store which has been losing market share to Comcast and Amazon as well.

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Apple and Hollywood Studios in Disagreement Over Pricing of 4K Movies for New Apple TV
Well... - August 30, 2017 at 9:39pm
Apple should tell Hollywood that they will charge customers $19.99 and then Apple will front the difference to make up for the lower price
komo - August 30, 2017 at 6:36am
Thats the price of a blu-ray ..amazon price for 4k is 29$
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