Apple in Talks With TV Content Owners for Web TV Service?

Apple in Talks With TV Content Owners for Web TV Service?

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Apple is reportedly in talks with TV programmers about an 'over the top' pay TV service, reports Re/code. The service would be similar to the one Dish sells with its Sling TV product and the web TV service Sony is readying.

The theory is that Apple would put together bundles of programming — but not the entire TV lineup that pay TV providers generally offer — and sell it directly to consumers, over the Web. That means Apple wouldn’t be reinventing the way TV works today, but offering its own version of it, with its own interface and user experience.

Apple has apparently shown programmers a demo of the proposed service already; however, talks are still in the very early stages and pricing and timing "aren't close to being ironed out". Some programmers have yet to start any talks with Apple, says the site.

This isn't the first attempt Apple has made to break into the TV business. In 2009, it's said to have proposed a $30/month subscription services and since then it's looked into various other strategies. Previously Apple attempted to work with pay TV providers like Time Warner Cable but now it looks like the company is trying to work with content owners instead.

Now that Dish and Sony have reached agreements to offer TV over the web, there may be a model that could work for Apple. CEO Tim Cook has said that "the TV experience sucks" and customers are eagerly awaiting a refresh to the Apple TV.

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Apple in Talks With TV Content Owners for Web TV Service?

JoshvanHulst - February 6, 2015 at 6:52am
I believe Apple will succeed like no other provider has not been able to do.
Lolwut - February 5, 2015 at 11:24am
I hope this foreshadows making a Apple television like many manufacture have done. With their laminated display, it can be the sharpest anyone has seen. Those tv's looking really close at no matter how clear they look, it still looks blurry from a little viewing distance and very close.
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