Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Apple Reportedly Plans to Announce Its TV Streaming Service on March 25th

Apple Reportedly Plans to Announce Its TV Streaming Service on March 25th

Apple is expected to launch the service as a premium subset of its Apple News app later this year and remains hopeful it can win over holdouts in the meantime.

Beyond music, Apple's next big push into services centers on TV, and in particular, original programming.

Credit: Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty ImagesInstead, the March 25 event would focus on subscription services, according to Buzzfeed, which broke the story based citing sources close to the matter.

In our estimation, taking Apple's former habits into account, that means it will host an event on the Tuesday before pre-orders open; on the aforementioned 19 March.

Another report by The Wall Street Journal, however, has said that Apple is having dramas with publishing partners, and rightfully so, because the company is apparently asking for a 50 per cent revenue cut from subscriptions.

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Given that Apple has a history of holding events in March where it reveals both products and services, it's not surprising that the tech giant is once again planning a keynote for the end of that month.

It is worth noting that the report does suggest the company may change its plans if it can't nail down negotiations with publishers. The New York Times and the Washington Post are said to be among the publishers that are not happy with Apple's terms. Others have transitioned to locking all content behind a paywall, while others offer a certain amount of free content to all readers, requiring payment to access the rest.

On the other hand, you probably shouldn't expect any physical products to be unveiled at the event.

However, it does back up a report from My Smart Price that claims we could be getting some new color options with the AirPods 2, saying that Apple will be offering the AirPods 2 in "two colors: Black and White".

But it also says Apple only wants to give 50% of that fee to news publishers - and keep the rest for itself.

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