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’
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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?
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
By Rex Crum | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupMarch 21, 2019 at 9:04 am Speculation and opinions about Apple’s direction, and where it is headed, continued to grow Thursday ahead of an event planned for Monday at the company’s Cupertino headquarters. subscription video giants Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. What form that service takes, and the amount and types of content it offers will be a surprise until Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and other Apple officials take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater Monday morning. Apple itself has only said “It’s show time,” in invitations to the event that the company sent to members of the media. “We view this as a pivotal step (for Apple) in further driving its services flywheel and entering the streaming content arms race, which is clearly starting to take form,” said Dan Ives, director of technology research at Wedbush Securities. “Monday’s announcement is just the tip of the … [Read more...] about More eyes are on Apple as streaming TV service is expected
Mark Gurman Bloomberg Published 5:35 PM EST Jan 6, 2019 Apple and Samsung announced a deal that only recently would have seemed unthinkable: The iPhone maker will begin offering iTunes movies and TV shows on its archrival’s TV sets. Coming ahead of the annual CES technology show in Las Vegas, Sunday’s move demonstrates Apple’s shift toward developing into a tech- and media-services company as sales of gear like the iPhone continue to wane. It’s “further evidence that Apple is willing to change its hardware-first approach and work with third parties to boost services revenue,” said Gene Munster, a longtime Apple watcher. Last week, after Apple shocked investors by saying iPhone sales missed expectations for the holiday quarter, it pointed to an all-time record services revenue of $10.8 billion for the quarter. “With services a key part of the Apple flywheel and one of the only silver linings in an otherwise dark period of growth, Cook … [Read more...] about Apple to offer iTunes movies, shows on Samsung TVs