Apple's Netflix-a-like streaming service will launch this month
APPLE HAS CONFIRMED that it’s holding an event on 25 March where it’ll unveil its long-awaited Netflix competitor.
The firm sent out invites on Monday (we’re still awaiting ours, natch) summoning press to the so-called “special event” which will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater on the company’s campus.
The “it’s show time” tagline is all-but-confirmation that Apple’s long-mooted video streaming service will make an appearance. According to rumours, the ‘Apple TV’ service will be focused on the firm’s original TV shows – including, er, Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke – and will pull together shows and films from all the services users subscribe to.
Apple Event, March 25, 2019. 10am PDT. Steve Jobs Theater, Cupertino California.
It’s show time! pic.twitter.com/b0IhYj7GHs
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) March 11, 2019
While Apple is said to be planning a “star-studded” launch, the Netflix-a-like service is reportedly facing opposition from the likes of HBO, Hulu and, er, Netflix.
The issue, unsurprisingly, centres around Apple’s proposed revenue split terms. The TV app will reportedly allow users to sign up to services rather than going through services’ own apps, and Apple is said pushing for a 30 per cent cut on every customer that subscribes.
Apple’s “Netflix for news” service, which will also likely debut on 25 March, is said to be facing similar resistance. The WSJ reported that Apple will charge $10 per month for an all-you-can-read subscription, and will demand a hefty 50 per cent cut of the revenue from publishers.
While Apple’s TV-focused teaser suggests otherwise, recent rumours have claimed that the March event could also witness the launch of Apple’s second-gen AirPods, long-awaited AirPower charger and two new iPads; a new “budget” 9.7in model and the iPad Mini 5.
As always, INQ will be here to bring you all of the latest. The event will kick off at 5 pm UK time on 25 March. µ