Apple Plans Local TV Streaming in Upcoming ‘Cable-Killer TV App’: NY Post

Apple’s next big thing could be local live TV streaming, according to The New York Post. Sources tell the publication Apple is in talks with major U.S. networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to negotiate on behalf of their local TV affiliates with the iPhone maker:

“The platform is ready and it rocks,” said one source

Apple’s discussions with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox initially foundered over the tech giant’s desire to offer on the soon-to-launch service local live TV feeds streamed on any Apple device, sources said.

But networks don’t control affiliate feeds. So Apple CEO Tim Cook’s team asked the networks to obtain those rights — instead of having Apple chase those rights around the country itself.

Sources say networks are “close” to sealing the deal to negotiate on behalf of local affiliates with Apple. Incentives for local affiliates to opt-in and offer their TV feeds to Apple, would include a share of added revenue from future Apple TV plans.

As for when this live streaming TV product could launch, sources peg it could arrive “as soon as the late fall.”

Back in March, rumours claimed a new Apple TV would possibly debut at WWDC, but the launch was pulled as the company “changed its mind and abandoned those plans” in May.

Of course, if anything does materialize from this, it’ll launch in the U.S. exclusively. It will be challenging for Apple to penetrate Canada with its TV plans, considering it is already taking so long for Apple Pay to arrive.

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  • MrXax

    That’s alright, I’ve been pretty happy with Usenet + BitTorrent for the past few years.

  • FragilityG4

    Cable is still alive?

  • 1His_Nibs1

    This can’t get to Canada quick enough! Would really like to tell Shaw to “stick it!” Any suggestions on streaming options people?

  • aaloo

    Yeah if Apple goes straight to the content makers and makes the deal with them and bypasses content deliverers (I.e., cable), then this could work. I don’t have cable at home, just use over the air channels for local tv and apple tv for everything else. Will never get cable. Don’t want to be paying for channels I don’t want and it just adds so much clutter and distracts you from getting to watch things that actually interest you.

  • raslucas

    So, in Canada, these “content makers” that you are referring to are Bell Media and Rogers Media for the majority of them. Crave and Shomi are Bell and Rogers’ toe dipping into the market. I have a feeling they are more likely to release more through these services, than they are release actual television streaming. Really, between GameCentre, Netflix, Crave and Shomi, Canadians have almost everything they need anyways. There are just a few gaps such as local news that need to be added, then we are pretty good.

    If anyone says that Netflix, Crave and Shomi doesn’t have the latest seasons, that is a decision made by Rogers and Bell. In the case of Netflix it’s whoever owns the rights to the shows. CBC is one example of a company that needs to step their game up if they want to remain relevant.