WSJ: Apple will Launch Online TV Service with 25 Channels in September
Apple is going to launch an online TV service this September, as reported by The Wall Street Journal with a reference to informed sources. According to the newspaper, the Californian giant will offer its users some 25 channels from such networks as ABC, CBS and Fox.
According to the source, Apple is already holding corresponding negotiations with the Walt Disney, CBS and 21st Century Fox. There are no such talks with NBCUniversal so far because of the disagreements between Apple and the parent company of NBCUniversal, Comcast Corp. Last year, Apple and Comcast were negotiating on the collaborative work on a TV streaming platform.
The newspaper quotes one of the sources, and it says that it may be quite difficult for the iPhone manufacturer to launch the online TV service without the NBCUniversal channels.
The new service will be available on iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV. As estimated by some experts, the subscription price may be about $30-40 per month.
Apple has been in talks on the launch of its own TV service with cable providers and television networks for more than two years. In one of such discussions, the Californian giant allegedly offered the companies to implement a special premium service which would allow users to skip commercials. It is Apple that would compensate the losses of the media companies. The iPhone manufacturer will pay a certain amount to them for every skip.
As the sources point out, Apple will announce a new project in June as part of the WWDC 2015 conference and will launch it in September.