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Topic # 248429 26-Mar-2019 08:17
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This morning Apple has at last announced its streaming services which comes in two packages. 

 

 

 

 

Here's the breakdown of Apple's new TV services.

 

 

 

 

Apple TV Channels

 

 

Apple TV Channels includes Epix, HBO, Showtime, Starz and others. Users will need to subscribe to each channel, but Apple did not say how much it will cost for each service or if it will offer a package that includes all of them at a discount.

 

"For some of us, the big bundle is more than we need, so we designed a new TV experience where you can pay for only the channels you want all in one app," Apple's Peter Stern said during Apple's press conference. "Watch everything on-demand and ad-free."

 

Some of this isn't new: Apple TV already lets people connect their cable provider into the Apple TV app and, using single sign-on, automatically login to apps that support streaming if you also pay for cable.

 

A new home screen inside a new Apple TV app will serve as a launchpad for finding TV shows and movies to watch, and it will make recommendations it thinks you'll like. The Apple TV app is already available on iPad, iPhone and Apple TV, but the company will also bring it to Macs this spring. It will also launch on Vizio, Sony, LG and Samsung smart TVs, as well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV boxes.

 

Apple TV Channels and the new Apple TV app will launch through a software update in May. It will be available in more than 100 countries.

 

 

 

 

Apple TV+

 

Apple also announced Apple TV+, an ad-free subscription streaming service that will be home to its library of original content. This is the service that puts it head-to-head with similar offerings from Amazonand Netflix.

 

 

 

 

 some of the content coming in Apple TV+:

 

  • Steven Spielberg said he will reboot the TV series "Amazing Stories" for Apple TV+.
  • Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell announced a new TV series called "The Morning Show."
  • Kumail Nanjiani will release an anthology series inspired by immigrants in the U.S. titled "Little America."

J.J. Abrams, Oprah Winfrey, Octavia Spencer, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and others will also create original content for Apple TV+.

 

 All of the Apple TV+ original content will be available inside the Apple TV app, which means you'll be able to watch it on iPhones, iPads, Macs and even some of the other devices that are getting the Apple TV app later this year. It will launch in 100+ countries this fall. Apple didn't announce pricing for Apple TV+.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/25/apple-tv-channels-streaming-tv-service-announced.html

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2204975 26-Mar-2019 08:24
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Nothing new here.  Pretty much the same as the Amazon TV Fire and Prime, which provides it own content and you still have to subscribe to HBO or Showtime and Hulu separately.


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  Reply # 2204979 26-Mar-2019 08:40
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Snore. What a boring event from Apple (and I say that as a major Apple fan). This could've been announced in a press release, not a full-on event.

 

Do we even know how much (if any) of this new TV stuff will be available in NZ?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2204980 26-Mar-2019 08:43
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Benjip:

 

Snore. What a boring event from Apple (and I say that as a major Apple fan). This could've been announced in a press release, not a full-on event.

 

Do we even know how much (if any) of this new TV stuff will be available in NZ?

 

 

I'm predicting it's going to be as much as their current itunes TV offering in NZ.....try switching from a US itunes account to nz and magically watch the TV tab disappear.

 

 





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  Reply # 2204994 26-Mar-2019 08:56
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So basically a non-event?


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  Reply # 2204998 26-Mar-2019 09:07
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Although from memory in the past Apple have been pretty lax in allowing you access content outside your own country without the need for VPNs etc

 

I wonder if this will all change, or will they be able to deliver a "good enough" international offering to stop leakage of content to non-US subscribers via US accounts...

 

But I totally agree that this was a pretty dull event,  In the past they would have rolled it up all the recent hardware offerings into an event and played this in the middle somewhere.... but on its owns its pretty weak...

 

 


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  Reply # 2205003 26-Mar-2019 09:15
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Notable that no price was mentioned. Apple doesn't seem to compete on price on their hardware so will this service be at a premium wrt netflix etal?


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  Reply # 2205007 26-Mar-2019 09:23
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I suspect you will be able to watch all of Apple's original content here but you won't be able to subscribe to US streaming services unless you use a VPN and US Apple account. Personally, I'm OK with this as I already have Hulu and Showtime vis Amazon. Unless there are some great shows I'll probably give this a miss.





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  Reply # 2205009 26-Mar-2019 09:28
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oh well as predicted. boriiiiing. would be interesting to see the TV shows announced. is original means exclusive to apple tv+ ?





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  Reply # 2205013 26-Mar-2019 09:39
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Given the NZ Apple website still has the iPhone XR on the front page, I can't see this being available here.  


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  Reply # 2205046 26-Mar-2019 10:59
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gehenna:

 

Given the NZ Apple website still has the iPhone XR on the front page, I can't see this being available here.  

 

 

 

 

Pretty sure it said 100+ countries at launch so we might be lucky.





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  Reply # 2205047 26-Mar-2019 10:59
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And even if it is available here it probably won't be of any value to those of us who aren't interested in American content.


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  Reply # 2205056 26-Mar-2019 11:41
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alasta:

 

And even if it is available here it probably won't be of any value to those of us who aren't interested in American content.

 

 

There's no way we'll get HBO, Showtime, Hulu etc. here, which makes this service even more useless.


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  Reply # 2205058 26-Mar-2019 11:44
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alasta:

 

And even if it is available here it probably won't be of any value to those of us who aren't interested in American content.

 

 

OR

 

imagine if they actually enable localised free to air content properly - TVNZ and Mediaworks have had the capability since 2016, and the legal right to broadcast over internet via their own apps.

 

Now add in existing movie catalogue called itunes, and everything else freely available on sky basic (cnbc, cnn, history, natgeo etc).

 

What's missing?

 

- Sport

 

- Access to older marked content (eg 'recorded' programmes) and live TV pause.

 

I hope it's wrapped up really well and runs immensely fast...!





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  Reply # 2205107 26-Mar-2019 14:12
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If you can use the DNS trick to make it look like you are in the USA, then this is an alternative to Sky TV. 

 

All of the online offerings in New Zealand seem to be video on demand, there are no live-tv channels. 

 

So, there is a point of difference. But , as others say, the NZ offering is likely to be very poor indeed. 

 

Mostly a snooze event for me, Steve Jobs would be turning in his grave at such an underwhelming offering. 

 

Disney online tv is going to be way more interesting. 

 

 


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  Reply # 2207597 30-Mar-2019 12:15
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This service is going to extremely US focused, apple don't have the device market share outside of the US - heck even their US market share isn't that hot (hence they're supporting roku and firetv).


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