Surprise… NBC goes free with Peacock streaming service, but with ads

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NBCUniversal decided to call its streaming-video service Peacock. And the jokes practically write themselves.
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NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock will employ a distinctly different pricing strategy than Apple TV+, Netflix and other competitors. It’ll be free, but with advertisements.

Those willing to pay will have access to additional content, however.

Access a universe of mind-expanding documentaries [Deals]

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Access two years of top quality documentary films and series.
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There’s no shortage of streaming video content to consume. But on most platforms, compared to TV shows and popular movies, there’s a shortage of quality educational and documentary content. To deliver the goods, Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks launched CuriosityStream.

Apple TV+’s $5 pricing lays the smackdown on Netflix and Disney [Opinion]

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Apple fires a $4.99 shot across the bow of rival streaming companies.
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It’s rare that the take-home message from an Apple keynote is, “Wow, that’s far more affordable than I expected.” But that’s exactly the reaction Apple prompted when it revealed the $5-a-month price tag for its new Apple TV+ streaming service.

In one fell swoop, Apple just threw down the gauntlet to its streaming rivals. Your move, Netflix!

Apple TV+ may allow episodes to be downloaded and watched offline

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Apple TV+ could be shut out of Russia if it gets too successful
Apple TV+ might allow subscribers to take a few shows with them offline.
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When it debuts this fall, Apple’s streaming video service will reportedly let viewers download episodes of shows to be watched without taking up their mobile data. Or even viewed when completely offline.

It’s not surprising — many rival services offer this capability. Today’s unconfirmed report is just evidence that Apple TV+ will have this feature too.

Netflix’s new $3 streaming plan probably won’t work for you

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75% of Netflix users have no plans to jump ship to Apple TV+ (right away)
The cheapest Netflix subscription in the world is only for India’s 1.3 billion residents.
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A Netflix subscription that costs less than $3 a month sounds like a dream come true, but there are some caveats. Video can only be streamed to a single iPhone, iPad or other mobile device, and that device has to be in India.

This super-low tier was created to appeal to the huge potential market in that country.

HBO Max taps Friends to take on Apple TV+

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Anyone who enjoys binging Friends episodes better learn this name.
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The already crowded market for streaming video services is getting a little more so. WarnerMedia just unveiled HBO Max, which will include original programs as well as shows created for The WB like Batwoman. Most notably, this will be the only place to watch Friends re-runs.

It will face competition from Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix and many more.

Apple takes on Netflix with its own original TV service

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CEO Tim Cook before a picture of actors, directors, and producers of Apple TV+ original shows.
CEO Tim Cook before a picture of actors, directors, and producers of Apple TV+ original shows.
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Hundreds of TV shows are available through dozens of streaming services, and Apple has just added itself to the mix with a stable of original programs. But rather than increasing the complexity, Apple is hoping to simplify everything by becoming a one-stop-shop for multiple offerings, including HBO, Showtime and more.

This service is called, logically enough, Apple TV+

Even Apple’s partners don’t know what its streaming TV service will cost

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You’ll be able to subscribe to HBO through the Apple TV service but HBO doesn’t know what it’ll cost.
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If you’re curious about the cost of the Apple TV service set to debut on Monday, you’re in good company: apparently, the media companies that will provide much of the content are almost equally in the dark. 

Still, they think they might know something about Apple’s plans, and it’s good news for users of iPhone, iPad or Mac.