Tech & Science Apple today announced the future of its subscription and services projects, touting a number of new apps and products, including Apple TV+, News+ and Apple Arcade. CEO Tim Cook made the reveal onstage at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. The tech giant’s invitation to the media earlier this month ramped up anticipation—with speculation mounting on how, or if, Apple was plotting to compete with those already in the streaming space—mainly Netflix and Amazon. Conversations centered on what shows would end up on users’ screens following the $1 billion investment set aside for programming in 2017. Finally, we know much more about the firm’s plans. Cook told the audience the focus was on “world-class services” and “seamless integration.” Here’s everything you need to know. Apple TV+ To applause, Cook confirmed Apple’s long-rumored step into subscription video. The reveal of one, Apple TV+, … [Read more...] about Apple TV+, News+, Arcade: New Streaming and Subscription Services Revealed, Everything You Need to Know
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LOS ANGELES —The holidays are a great time to spend hours binging on shows and enjoying Internet entertainment.Wth so many options for your shopping dollar, we've taken a full look at the various product choices.If you don’t have a “Smart TV,” which have streaming channels already built in, or aren’t planning to buy one, the best alternative is a streaming player. These start at around $30, are super easy to install and open your TV up to hundreds of on-demand channels.More expensive models offer better remotes, the ability to stream in higher definition 4K and DolbyVision and have connections via ethernet to a stronger Internet signal than wi-fi, which could be helpful with higher-resolution movies. Follow USA TODAY Money and Tech's Facebook page CHOICES: There are five models from Roku, the oldest and most popular streaming device, plus two from Amazon, three from Apple and two from Google. Video game fans can also access streaming media … [Read more...] about How to buy a streaming TV player: Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Amazon
Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 9:09 PM EDT Mar 25, 2019 CUPERTINO, Calif. — Every year, Apple summons the press to its campus here to tout new features of an iPhone and pours it on to convince us that we have to upgrade to the new model. For its new entertainment service, TV+, Apple took a different approach. No details or news on how much it will cost. Instead, it just trotted out its star talent, like Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, to hype us. Because selling stars, not technology features, is clearly how Apple plans to get consumers to pay to watch yet another subscription service. The service is from your friend Apple, and it promises bigger star-power than Netflix or Amazon. That is, debatable. Amazon has Julia Roberts starring in the series Homecoming, and Netflix has put its big-name money on comedians like Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, talent like Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and movies with the … [Read more...] about Apple TV+ vs. Netflix: Which streaming services has more stars?
Eli Blumenthal USA TODAY Published 5:01 AM EDT Mar 26, 2019 Apple's new streaming service is finally no longer simply rumored or expected. The name: Apple TV+. While some details – like how much the new service will cost – were scarce, the event was overflowing with famous faces. Sure, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams were among the many headliners brought on stage by the iPhone-maker, but honestly, the trend toward streaming and cord cutting has been more about dead presidents on dollars and how much you save than celebrities on stage and how many you see. Now consumers are looking at yet another new subscription service when it launches this fall, something will likely add even more costs to consumers' media budgets. To paraphrase from Gwyneth Paltrow, one of the stars of Apple's first produced shows, the ill-fated Planet of the Apps, welcome to the new era of conscious … [Read more...] about Apple TV+: Welcome to the age of the ‘unbundle’
By Larry Magid | [email protected] | March 28, 2019 at 6:30 am I’ll get to what Apple announced on Monday but first some context as to why its announcement of several new paid services is important to Apple’s bottom line. In the quarter that ended on December 29, Apple reported a 15 percent decline in iPhone sales, leading to a 5 percent overall decline in revenue over the same quarter a year ago. But it could have been worse if it weren’t for Apple’s relatively new revenue stream. The company also announced that “services revenue reached an all-time high of $10.9 billion, up 19 percent over the prior year.” The growth in services revenue is very important to Apple. Yes, the company continues to make billions in profit through iPhone sales along with revenue from iPads, Macs and other hardware, including the Apple Watch and its Apple TV device. And despite a slowdown in iPhone sales, its flagship product will continue to bring in plenty of money … [Read more...] about Magid: Apple turns to services to increase revenue