According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to launch an online TV service this fall with support for “about” 25 channels. According to the report, the service will debut on all of Apple’s iOS devices, ranging from the Apple TV to the iPhone and iPad, and will be announced in June (which is also when the Beats overhaul will debut) and fully released in September of this year. Industry executives said that the service will be priced between $30 and $40 when it launches. Of the 25 channels, the service will be headlined by ABC, CBS and Fox.
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“The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.”
But even with those cornerstone channels, some notable ones may be left out. As of right now, Apple is currently not in talks with NBCUniversal due to a rift between Apple and Comcast, an NBCUniversal parent company. NBCUniversal owns the NBC broadcast network and other cable networks like Bravo and USA. Apple has also been in talks with Disney, which should be convenient as CEO Bob Iger is on the Apple Board.
We reported a few weeks ago that Apple is readying a thinner Apple TV box with a new remote control and a redesigned user-interface. It would make sense for Apple to launch the pair of hardware and services products in tandem later this year. A taste of what to expect from the new service will ship in April, which is when Apple’s exclusivity deal with HBO Now will kickoff for $15 per month.