By Rich W Woods
Word on the street is that Apple is planning a streaming TV service that they will launch later this year. The service will not only compete with Netflix but it will compete with cable companies as well.
Last week, Apple announced that they were lowering the price of the current Apple TV model to $69, which is still something I would not recommend to anyone, as the current Apple TV will no longer be supported this September. If they announce a new streaming service as well as an App Store, the current model won’t get that update.
They also announced that HBO Now, HBO’s standalone streaming service that we’ve all been waiting for, will be exclusive to Apple products. Well, at least to start.
Reports are saying that Apple’s streaming package will include 25 channels as well as a selection of movies and TV shows.
Honestly, I have no idea why they haven’t done this yet. I’ve been saying for years that I have no idea why anyone would buy a movie from iTunes. Amazon has Amazon Prime, which competes with Netflix and then they have Amazon Instant Video for anything that’s not available through Prime.
Obviously, there is a lot of Apple TV news to come. The current third generation Apple TV uses an A5 processor, the same as the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, and fifth generation iPod Touch, all devices that will not receive iOS 9 this September. I was shocked that they didn’t introduce a new model at the Apple Watch event last week, so expect to see one at WWDC.