There’s so much to learn about the world around us. So when you sit down to watch Netflix, keep in mind you could be streaming content that informs as well as entertains — and at a small fraction of the price.
HBO Max taps Friends to take on Apple TV+
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
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
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.
Apple rushes to add HBO and Showtime to streaming service
Apple has created numerous shows for its streaming TV service, but is reportedly also negotiating deals to bring in content from other sources, including HBO and Showtime.
This should help the Apple TV service compete against established rivals, especially Netflix.
‘Transformative’ buy could lift Apple TV subs to 100 million
Apple’s streaming TV service is going to be a very significant force in the market if a market-analysis firm is correct.
The service the iPhone maker is prepping could, in a few years, garner far more subscribers than some of its established competitors.
Spectrum TV brings 60 channels to your Apple TV for $15
Charter Communications, the US’s second largest cable company, is launching an inexpensive streaming TV service. For just $14.99 a month, subscribers will be able to watch 60+ live channels on an Apple TV, iOS device, Mac, or other computer.
Spectrum TV Essentials is scheduled to go live in March, when it will have to compete with similar services, like Sling TV and YouTube TV.
Hollywood stars tapped to attend Apple’s March event
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are coming to Silicon Valley for Apple’s first big event of 2019.
Apple is rumored to be planning a late March keynote where a slew of new services will be unveiled. To help with its pitch to customers, Apple reportedly asked some of the stars from its original TV shows to join the festivities.
Netflix finally makes downloads smarter for iOS users
A handy Netflix feature announced last summer has come to iOS at long last: the app can automatically download episodes of your favorite shows.
With Smart Downloads, watching a TV episode offline results in the next episode automatically being transferred as soon as a Wi-Fi connection is available.
Yet another big bank says Apple should buy Netflix
There’s an easy way for Apple to make its rumored streaming video service a hit: buy Netflix. That’s the suggestion of an analyst from J.P. Morgan, who admits it would be very expensive.
And the analyst has recommendations for two other big Apple acquisitions.