After struggling for years with Apple TV and promising Apple fans their own TV subscription service,
it has become a reality. Apple tells us that the new service will debut in June and offer around 25 channels, the price will also be a little steeper than most of its competition at around $30 per month.
Per a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to debut the service at the Worldwide Developers Conference and then release it to the market in September.
We are also told that Apple has some big network partners such as ABC, FOX and CBS lined up as partners. Due to a recent issue between Apple and Comcast I doubt that we will see NBC anywhere on the lineup.
“Apple and Comcast were in talks as recently as last year about working together on a streaming television platform that would combine Apple’s expertise in user interfaces with Comcast’s strength in broadband delivery,” notes the Journal. “Apple came to believe that Comcast was stringing it along while the cable giant focused on its own X1 Web-enabled set-top box, the people said.”
The rumors of Apple TV streaming have been circulating so long that I’m not normally inclined to believe them, but there are a few things pointing to this finally becoming a possibility. Apple and HBO recently partnered to offer HBO Now, which is the first time HBO has ever separated itself from a cable bundle package and the Apple TV has recently been discounted, which indicates either a new model is forthcoming or they are trying to get people to buy more so they have a ready-made audience.