Apple’s streaming service won’t be free

Apple’s streaming service won’t be free

A big question remaining is whether Apple will offer its content free for its device owners, and how it will work with third-party television services, according to Greenfield. The Apple Events app has already been updated on all Apple TV 2 or newer models.

It's a particular challenge for Cook, who took over after Jobs died in 2011. This service won't take on new cloud-based streaming offerings like Google Stadia. Furthermore, the company owns a huge stake of Hulu.

Cheddar first reported on Apple's subscription service for games at the end of January and said it "would function like Netflix for games". But Hastings is not anxious about them: when asked, he simply replied that competition is always good; not just for Netflix, but for users and content makers as well.

If you want to catch the event live, Apple will be live streaming the event on its own website. The company has only used the Steve Jobs Theater at its new headquarters twice since it opened two years ago.

We don't know exactly what Apple will debut during its big press event on Monday. This service will combine Apple's original programming, on which it spent over $1 billion, with programming from other networks. There has also been an audio quote from M. Night Shyamalan, another Apple TV series creator, among others. Services revenue reached nearly $11-billion in the holiday quarter, up 19% from a year earlier.

Subscriptions to online video services globally climbed 27 per cent past year to 613 million, eclipsing cable television subscriptions for the first time, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Whether local streaming services like Stan will be involved remains to be seen.

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This makes sense when you look at Apple's history with streaming services.

We're particularly interested in the upcoming gaming service. Some of the most popular paid games on the App Store include Microsoft-owned Minecraft and franchises like National Basketball Association 2K and Grand Theft Auto.

Apple is all set to host a major event on the 25th of March. Apple has commissioned programming from A-list names such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

He is expected to shine a light on two new products - a content streaming platform and a news subscription - ushering a completely new era for the Cupertino giant.

"The company is building a new content store focused on offering bundles with cable services like HBO, Showtime and Starz".

For those hoping to watch the keynote on a mobile device, Apple recommends using iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running the Safari web browser on iOS 10 or newer. Apple plans to charge about $10/month. Interestingly enough, Netflix is not going to be part Apple's new platform.

Netflix also offers tiered monthly subscription pricing, with prices ranging from £5.99 for the basic service, to its £9.99 premium service which includes access to compatible content in Ultra HD resolution and the ability to watch on up to 4 different screens at the same time. However, Apple is definite about providing its customer with the latest and live news.


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