Apple’s newest services lack ‘depth,’ analysts warn

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Apple TV+ could have 26 million paying subs by 2025; 2.6 million currently
Apple TV+ could have 26 million paying subs by 2025; 2.6 million currently
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Apple’s newest services don’t deliver the “depth” investors want to see as iPhone sales fall for the Cupertino company.

Some analysts are particularly disappointed with the upcoming Apple TV+ video streaming service. They don’t believe Apple has any hope of competing with Netflix.

Bag a free Apple TV 4K when you subscribe to DirecTV Now

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Sound sync woes will be a thing of the past.
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Sign up for DirecTV Now and you’ll receive a brand new Apple TV 4K to enjoy it on.

Those who prepay for four months of service will receive Apple’s latest set-top box absolutely free. The offer is only available to new subscribers who join before April 30, 2019.

Roku CEO explains why Apple TV+ needs Roku support

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Roku isn't worried about Apple TV+
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Roku CEO Anthony Wood says Apple’s new Apple TV+ streaming platform is going to be great for his company despite some analysts claiming it could hurt Roku over the long term.

Wood made an appearance on CNBC today talking about the benefits of Apple finally embracing third-party streaming boxes like Roku and Amazon’s FireTV. Even though Apple has hundreds of millions of active iPhones and iPads to push its Apple TV+ service, the way Wood sees it, Apple TV+ needs Roku to be successful.

How to watch Apple’s ‘It’s show time’ event

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It’s Show Time! Follow the action with us today.
It’s Show Time! Follow the action with us today.
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Later today, Apple will pull back the curtain on its upcoming news and video subscription services. Cult of Mac will, as ever, be live-blogging the action, but you can also watch the media event live, and presumably enjoy a roster of TV type people pitching their shows through their permanent hangovers.

Whether you’re watching on your Mac, your iPhone, your iPad or your Apple TV, we’ll show you how to tune in.

You can even show up at an Apple Store and watch it on the big screen!

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.

Google Chrome now supports Nintendo Switch controllers

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The Nintendo Switch's flexible Joy-Con controllers work just fine with a Mac (but not an iPhone).
Nintendo’s newest console was by far the hottest product.
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Google Chrome now supports official Nintendo Switch controllers.

The console’s included Joy-Cons and optional Pro Controller are compatible. The surprise update comes just days before Google is expected to unveil a brand new game streaming service at GDC 2019.

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Steam Link’s first big update is great for controller users.
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Apple in talks with Roku to add AirPlay 2

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You won't have to choose between Apple TV and Roku anymore.
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Apple is closing in on a deal that could bring its AirPlay 2 technology to Roku’s TV set-top boxes.

At CES 2019 Apple revealed that it had partnered with some of the world’s biggest TV manufacturers to add AirPlay 2 to new and some old TVs. Adding support for Roku could bring AirPlay 2 support to other TV manufacturers as well, just in time for Apple’s streaming video service.