Netflix confirms it won’t be part of Apple’s TV streaming service

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When it comes to streaming video, Apple is the underdog against Netflix.
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Apple won’t officially unveil its streaming video service until next week but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that his company will not be part of it.

The new video streaming service will offer subscriptions to other streaming services along with original TV shows from Apple. Everything will be combined into one “easy-to-use” app. However, Netflix doesn’t really see teaming up with Apple for subscribers as an advantage.

5 Apple original shows finish filming ahead of March 25 event

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But they won't be ready for streaming for a while.
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Five of Apple’s original TV shows have now finished filming, according to a new report. They have entered post-production ahead of the company’s March 25 event, but they’re not expected to be available until the fall.

Apple is said to be working on around six other shows that are still in production. The company is also developing lots more original content that is planned to debut in 2020.

Apple picks up high-budget TV series Pachinko

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Pachinko got has been greenlit by Apple.
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Apple may have found its own answer to Netflix’s popular TV show, The Crown

The iPhone-maker has reportedly ordered an eight-episode series based on the New York Times bestselling novel Pachinko. After beating out multiple other bidders for the project Apple is allegedly throwing more money behind the Pachinko than most of its other series as it aims to make a splash at the Emmys in 2020.

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Spotify thinks it's about time Apple was forced to change.
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It’s show time! Apple confirms March 25 event at Steve Jobs Theater

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Apple is expected to launch a number of new services this spring.
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Apple will hold its next special event on Monday, March 25, in the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.

The “It’s show time” event is expected to bring a number of new services, including new TV content and a paid Apple News service. Fans have been eagerly anticipating confirmation of Apple’s next keynote, with rumors surrounding new subscription services circulating. The tagline for this one suggests it will focus on Apple’s upcoming video service, with hardware taking a backseat.

Apple’s ‘intrusive’ execs criticized by Hollywood

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Tim Cook wants TV shows to be family-friendly.
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Apple’s “intrusive” executives, including CEO Tim Cook, have been criticized by Hollywood for becoming too involved in ongoing TV projects.

Agents and producers have complained about how “difficult” Apple is to work with, according to a new report. The company’s “nitpicking” has led to delays that mean only a handful of shows will be available when its new streaming service launches.

Hulu cuts price of ad-supported service, but Live TV costs more

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Hulu is now more affordable.
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Hulu has slashed the price of its ad-supported plan, making the service more accessible to budget-conscious consumers.

It’s not all good news, however: Hulu’s Live TV plan, which offers access to more than 60 top channels live and on-demand, is now more expensive. The ad-free Hulu and Hulu + Spotify plans have not been changed.

Media mogul says Apple is foolish to challenge might of Netflix

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Barry Diller doesn't see the competition catching up to Netflix.
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Apple can try to compete with Netflix for video streaming subscribers, but Barry Diller says Apple and others are “fools” to chase Netflix.

Diller, a studio executive turned tech entrepreneur, does not see any company gaining the number of subscribers as Netflix, which began building a base by sending DVDs of choice movies by mail.

Apple’s TV offering may struggle due to revenue-split demands

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Apple's TV service could cost $15 per month.
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Jefferies analyst Tim O’Shea foresees big challenges ahead for Apple’s planned video subscription service.

In a note to clients, O’Shea suggests that Apple will struggle to get studios and networks on board for its plans. He also thinks Apple’s original content may run into problems compared to Netflix’s most established offerings.

Apple’s TV streaming service may launch in April

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Apple's TV service will let you subscribe to other channels.
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The long wait for Apple’s TV streaming service might finally be coming to an end.

With a rumored March 25 event on the horizon, Apple is reportedly planning to launch its TV streaming service in April or early May, but some of the biggest names in the streaming won’t be part of the platform.