Apple TV+ share of streaming market just keeps growing

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Apple TV+ has a growing chunk of the U.S. streaming market. Netflix does not.
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Apple TV+ garners 5% of the U.S. streaming video market, according to a company that follows the industry. While that makes Apple TV+ a small player, the service started 2021 with just a 3% share, so the year saw significant growth.

Its two largest rivals, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, saw drops in their shares of the streaming market in 2021.

Apple TV+ draws tiny but growing share of US streaming market

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Apple TV+ draws tiny but growing share of US streaming market
Apple TV+ isn’t a big part of the streaming video market, but at least it’s growing.
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Apple TV+ is a small player in the streaming video service competition with only 4% of the U.S. market. Still, it’s beating out some rivals even if it’s well behind the front runners.

The service has reportedly been growing throughout 2021 … not a claim all its competitors can make.

YouTube relents, allows picture-in-picture video on iPhone

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YouTube Picture in Picture is back. At least for now.
Picture-in-Picture video from YouTube will soon be back for everyone.
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YouTube will reportedly soon allow all iPhone users to watch video from its application in a small window while another app is open. This feature has come and gone several times since Picture in Picture support debuted in iOS 14. Now it’s apparently coming back to stay.

HBO Max’s cheaper ad-supported tier won’t include first-run films [Updated]

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HBO Max’s free tier won’t include first-run films
The upcoming HBO Max free-with-ads version can be watched on every type of Apple computer.
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You might want to put the HBO Max app on your iPhone after all. WarnerMedia said Friday there’ll be a more affordable version of the streaming service starting in June. But it’ll require watching ads.

And don’t expect to watch movies the same day as they appear in the theaters on the ad-supported version.

Netflix offers free shows for Mac and iPad users

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Netflix made a selection of its popular shows and movies available for free over the weekend. The freebies include hit sci-fi show Stranger Things, Boss Baby: Back in Business and several more.

Watching these Netflix originals doesn’t require signing up with streaming service — but for some strange reason, they can’t be viewed on an iPhone.

Apple TV+ subscribers get 2-for-1 Showtime and CBS All Access bundle

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An Apple TV+ bundle includes a big discount on CBS All Access and Showtime
You can get a real deal on CBS All Access and Showtime with an Apple TV+ subscription.
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Apple TV+ subscribers in the US can now also add a bundle of CBS All Access and Showtime for only $9.99 per month more. That’s less than half the usual price for these two streaming services.

Subscribers can watch content from all three services online and offline, ad-free and on demand, only on the Apple TV app.