Business / Apple may launch video streaming service in April

India Today : Jan 31, 2019, 02:56 PM

Apple is planning to launch its video streaming service in spring this year. The company has asked the studios, whose content will feature on the company's streaming service, to be ready for a launch by mid-April. The list includes some of the popular names such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, with which Apple has reportedly signed a multi-year deal, and an independent film studio Powerhouse A24 among others. The streaming service is likely to launch its video streaming service within several weeks of that date, sources close to the matter told the publication.

Notably, the company has already started releasing its original shows on Apple Music. It has so far released Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps on Apple Music and the company, as per previous reports, is working on a number of projects to provide original content on via its streaming service. This includes a show by La La Land director Damien Chazelle, a drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and a space show by Ron Moore among others.

As far as the pricing of Apple's streaming service is concerned, while there is no word on how much the service will cost to the end users, however, previous reports have hinted that Apple could make the content available for free to the Apple device owners, which includes devices such as iPhone, Apple TV and iPad.

Apple's standalone streaming service has been in news for quite sometime now. While little is known about the service aside from the fact that the Cupertino, California based company is expected to combine content from legacy media channels like HBO with its own original content, but now new details have hinted towards a potential launch date.

As far as the pricing of Apple's streaming service is concerned, while there is no word on how much the service will cost to the end users, however, previous reports have hinted that Apple could make the content available for free to the Apple device owners, which includes devices such as iPhone, Apple TV and iPad.

The company, as per a CNBC report, would ship its content on to its devices via a TV app. While Apple's original content would be free, subscription services would be charged and it would allow users to sign up for "online-only" services. Additionally, the report had stated that Apple would launch its app in the early 2019.

The new reports so far are in line with previous, which could very well indicate that Apple's video streaming service is coming in April.