Apple wants to take on Netflix with its own original programming

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Watch out Netflix, Apple might start making shows too.
Watch out Netflix, Apple might start making shows too.
Photo: Netflix

Apple is planning to unveil its new Apple TV set top box in a little over a week, and it looks like the company may be considering funding its own TV shows to go with its big play to dominate the living room.

The iPhone maker has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to feel out interest in Apple spearheading efforts to produce original entertainment content, according to a new report that claims Apple is ready to take on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime video.

Apple Watch will now control Hulu from your wrist

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Nope. It's just a remote.
Nope. It's just a remote.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

There are two kinds of people in this world, those that want to watch television on their wrist, and those that don’t.

I fall into the first camp, so you can imagine my disappointment when I heard that while the update to Hulu’s iOS app includes support for Apple Watch, it does not include (dang it!) support for watching TV on Apple’s hot new wearable. Boo.

It does, however, allow you to control Apple Watch, as it’s a remote for Hulu on the various devices Hulu comes on, like Apple TV, PlayStation 3 and 4, Chromecast and Xbox ONE. So, I guess there’s that.

Apple only takes 15% cut on HBO Now, Netflix, and Hulu subscriptions

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HBO Now on the big screen. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
HBO Now. Photo: HBO

Apple scored a huge win for Apple TV by making it the only platform your can watch HBO Now on for the next three months, and according to a new report, Apple might be rewarding HBO by taking a much lower cut on subscription fees than cable companies.

Apple has been taking a 30 percent cut anytime a company signs up a customer for a service through an iOS app. Publishers bristled at Apple’s policy when it was introduced in 2011, however, when it comes to subscriptions purchased through Apple TV, Apple has decided to reduced its take by 50%.

Vessel’s new subscription service gives you one more reason to cut the cord

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Get a year of early YouTube access for free. Photo: Vessel
Get a year of early YouTube access for free. Photo: Vessel

Imagine getting early access to videos from your favorite YouTube channels, like Good Mythical Morning or Smosh.

Now imagine paying for the privilege.

Vessel, from former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom, proposes you do just that: pay $2.99 per month to get your videos three days earlier than the rest of the internet.

You’re not alone if you think this is a tough sell to a market obsessed with getting things for free, but Hulu Plus (which offered shows seven days earlier for a fee) did pretty well with the model, becoming the fastest paid subscription service, according to Kilar.

The team has also made the first year of Vessel for free, so that will help.