The much-talked-about TV service of Apple Inc’s may become a reality soon. The iPhone maker has been in talks with programmers for a bundle of TV networks adequately slimmed-down by September this year, as per a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The newspaper added that the service was likely to contain around 25 channels, anchored by such broadcasters as CBS, ABC, and Fox. It was planned to make the service available across all devices that were powered by Apple’s iOs operating system including iPads, iPhones, and Apple TV set-top boxes, the journal further added. The journal revealed that Apple had been in touch with CBS Corp, Walt Disney, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, and other media firms for a “skinny” bundle with only well-known channels such as ESPN, CBS, and FX without minor networks in the standard cable TV package. Apple aimed to offer the service at the rate of $30 to $40 per month, and planned to declare the service in June while launching it in September, the newspaper added. However, Tom Neumayr, Apple spokesman, declined to comment, and added that company did not comment on speculations and rumors. Even CBS and FOX refused to comment.
Many media companies have been contemplating to join streaming-only services, or launch their own as in case of CBS and HBO, in order to entice the young not subscribing to traditional pay TV packages. Dish Network Corp started its long awaited video streaming service namely Sling TV in January targeting the young consumers who dislike costly satellite and cable subscriptions. Sony and many other media companies are also anticipated to roll out similar services.