Apple in talks to launch online TV service this year, report says

March 17, 2015

Apple’s new TV service would include ABC, CBS and Fox, but likely not NBC, the Wall Street Journal reports. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

Apple Inc. is in talks with U.S. media companies to offer a slimmed-down bundle of channels this fall as part of an online streaming TV service, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and be available across all devices powered by Apple’s iOS operating system, including iPhones, iPads and Apple TV set-top boxes, the newspaper said.

According to the report, Apple would be aiming to price the service at around $30 to $40 US a month. There were no details in the article about how much the service would cost, or whether it might be available, in Canada.

HBO plans to roll out its HBO Now streaming-only service this year, and CBS launched its All Access online streaming service last October.

HBO Now is not offered in Canada due to exclusive rights held by CraveTV for streaming HBO content. All Access is only available in the U.S.

Canadian media companies have also jumped on the digital TV trend to compete with rival Netflix. In November, Rogers and Shaw launched the joint subscription video venture Shomi. Bell’s video-on-demand service CraveTV, which launched in December, is available as an add-on to most TV customers of Eastlink, Telus and Bell.

Source: CBC News

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