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Apple TV Stories December 16, 2020

Apple reportedly in talks to acquire two animated films produced by John Lasseter

Apple has been working to expand its Apple TV+ subscription streaming service with more exclusive movies and TV shows. According to a new report from Variety, the company is now negotiating with Skydance Animation studios the rights to the animated films “Luck” and “Spellbound,” which were produced by John Lasseter.

Apple TV Stories January 14

Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now

Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …

Apple TV Stories October 25, 2020

Former Apple engineer details how the Apple TV Remote app inspired the Siri Remote, more

Earlier this week, Apple removed its Apple TV Remote app for the App Store now that the functionality is baked into Control Center on iPhone and iPad. Following the removal, a former Apple engineer has shared a few interesting tidbits about the development of the Apple TV Remote app for iPhone.

Apple TV Stories July 28, 2020

Apple TV+ scores its first-ever Emmy nominations for ‘The Morning Show’ and more

After winning a pair of Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this week, Apple TV+ has now scored its first-ever Primetime Emmy nominations. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 72nd annual Emmy Awards this morning, and Apple TV+ received 18 nominations.

Apple TV Stories June 1, 2020

Former WME partner inks overall deal with Apple TV+ for new talent agency

A new report from the Hollywood Reporter says that Theresa Kang-Lowe (pictured), longtime partner and entertainment agency WME, has departed the agency to form her own management company. Through the new management company, Blue Marble Pictures, Kang-Lowe has already inked a new overall deal with Apple TV+.

Apple TV Stories January 1, 2013

Intel, like Apple, is having trouble getting content deals for its TV product, won’t be ready for CES

Adding to an earlier report, the Wall Street Journal today says that chip giant Intel’s TV initiative isn’t nearly ready for primetime. Intel, which has little background in developing consumer-friendly experiences, seems like a long shot at cracking the digital TV nut.

The Intel Plan:

Intel has pitched media companies on a plan to create a “virtual cable operator,” which would offer U.S. TV channels nationwide over the Internet in a bundle similar to subscriptions sold by cable- and satellite-TV operators, people familiar with the effort said previously. The company, besides expertise in chips for set-top boxes, has expertise in server technology that could help serve up video programming and other content.

Interesting idea…but not so fast, says the cable operators!

Persuading companies to license individual channels would require far higher fees than the companies currently receive, this executive said, noting that his company and Intel were far from reaching an agreement on financial terms.

But Intel has so far reached at least one content deal, one of the people familiar with Intel’s plans said, without identifying the partner.

One content provider does not a cable TV replacement make. And this is the problem not just for Google and Intel but also for Apple. How do you convince the cable companies to let you have content in a more consumer-friendly format that will make them less money and take their power position away?

Steve Jobs may have been able to convince the music industry to do so, but it is pretty clear Eddy Cue is having a hard time cracking the TV biz (Jobs’ bio notwithstanding).

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