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Published on October 12th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


Apple may offer some of its TV shows for free

Following the news of Apple’s foray into original TV show development and delivery has been tricky over the past couple of years. This is mainly because—although we know what shows they’ve picked up—the company hasn’t provided any details on how they plan to make them available to consumers.

A report yesterday at CNBC, however, offers some new insight…albeit from the often dubious “people familiar with the matter.”

According to the report, Apple’s digital video service will provide previously announced original content such as Central Park, Are You Sleeping? and Amazing Stories for free alongside subscription services from legacy media companies. And if you’re an Apple TV, iPhone or iPad users, you already have everything you’ll need to access the content. From CNBC:

Owners of Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV will find the still-in-the-works service in the pre-installed “TV” application, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details of the project are private.

The product will include Apple-owned content, which will be free to Apple device owners, and subscription “channels,” which will allow customers to sign up for online-only services, such as those from HBO and Starz.

Apple plans to debut the revamped app early next year, the people said. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

The timing estimate is in line with earlier reports that Apple is targeting a spring/summer 2019 rollout. However, reports in September claimed the launch has been delayed due to Apple’s insistence that their original shows tone down the sex, violence, and language, and that further delays are possible.

Until Apple gives us concrete details on when/how their streaming service will be made available, we expect more rumors like this to surface. Stick with Apple TV as we scrutinize the leaks and make sense of what’s ahead.

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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