Microsoft may be building a ‘Movies & TV’ app for Android and iOS

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Microsoft hopes it will boost Microsoft Store downloads.
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Microsoft is developing a “Movies & TV” app for Android and iOS in an effort to boost downloads from the Microsoft Store, according to a new report.

Customers can enjoy content purchased from Microsoft only on Windows platforms for now. The company hopes that by supporting new platforms, it will encourage more people to use its store over competitors like iTunes.

Every single TV series Apple is currently making

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Apple’s star-studded TV show lineup is starting to look like it could become a legitimate contender to Netflix and HBO.

After going on a spending spree in Hollywood the last eight months, Apple appears to be poised to make a huge push into original content. Thanks to its new TV executive team, a lot of the series in development actually look really promising and diverse. From Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories to the mysterious new series called See, Apple’s working on some shows everyone could enjoy.

Check out all the full list of TV series Apple is working on:

Apple ropes in new showrunners for Amazing Stories reboot

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Apple has finally found a replacement to guide the development of its new TV show Amazing Stories.

“Once Upon a Time” co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have signed a deal with Apple to be the new showrunners for Amazing Stories, a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s anthology TV show from the 1980’s.

The Obamas head to Netflix after flirting with Apple

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Maybe the coolest, most tech savvy president ever.
Maybe the coolest, most tech savvy president ever.
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Former President Barak Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are coming to Netflix.

The duo inked a deal to produce content for the streaming service this week after reportedly being courted by Apple and Amazon earlier this year. Netflix announced the multi-year agreement today which could lead to films, scripted series, unscripted series documentaries and more.

Apple gets animated with new series from Bob’s Burgers creator

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The creator of Bob’s Burgers is producing a show for Apple called Central Park.
The creator of Bob’s Burgers is producing a show for Apple called Central Park.
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Fans of Bob’s Burgers rejoice: Loren Bouchard, creator of the long-running animated comedy set in a diner, has signed a deal with Apple to create two seasons of a new series. Central Park will be the first animated showed purchased by the maker of Apple TV.

The action of the musical comedy will revolve around a family of Central Park caretakers whose adventures save not only the park and New York City — but also the world.

Apple picks up thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan

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Apple is teaming up with M. Night Shyamalan for a mysterious new TV project.

Shyamalan reportedly struck a deal with Apple to executive produce a new TV show that’s being described as a psychological thriller, but other details are being kept under wraps.

Apple orders new TV series all about extravagant homes

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The new Steve Jobs Theater
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Get ready to dive into the lifestyles of the rich and fabulous with a new Apple TV show that just got the green light.

Apple reportedly gave a straight-to-series order for a new docuseries called Home that will explore some of the most extravagant abodes in the world, along with the minds that made them.

Windows Store proves Apple’s strict guidelines are a necessity

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Windows Store has an illegal movies problem.
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Apple hires YouTube vet to shape video strategy

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Apple needs some help with its TV shows.
Apple needs some help with its TV shows.
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In another sign that Apple is gearing up to make a big push into video, the company has hired former YouTube executive Shiva Rajaraman.

The hire comes as Apple is beginning to launch its own efforts to create original video content for Apple Music subscribers, but the addition of Rajaraman could mean Apple is looking to explore other avenues for its video content too.