Apple in talks to launch online TV service: WSJ
Service said to be launching in September
Apple Inc's TV service may be available soon as the iPhone maker is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks, Reuters reported citing the Wall Street Journal.
The service, which is said to have about 25 channels, will be anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and be available across all devices powered by Apple's iOS operating system, including iPhones, iPads and Apple TV set-top boxes, the newspaper said.
Apple is aiming to price the new service at about $30 to $40 a month and plans to announce the service in June for a September launch, the newspaper said.
According to Reuters, Apple is not in talks with NBCUniversal, owner of the NBC broadcast network and cable channels like USA and Bravo, because of a falling-out between Apple and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast Corp, the Journal said.
Apple and Comcast were in early-stage discussions last year to offer a streaming-television service that would allow Apple set-top boxes to bypass congestion on the web.