Apple Reportedly In Discussions With ESPN, HBO, Viacom & Others For A TV Subscription Service
Quartz has published a new report regarding Apple’s efforts towards an interactive TV experience, claiming that the Cupertino giant is currently in active negotiations with some of the leading content providers, such as Disney’s ESPN, Time Warner’s HBO, and Viacom, among others, to provide content for a television set that would “emphasize apps over cable TV”.
The report notes that instead of bringing a standard cable TV experience to the public, Apple is working on an app-focused hardware and software combination. It is also possible that Apple may form its own pay TV service, delivering content entirely over the internet. Intel, Sony, and Google are known to be pursuing similar tactics, and could launch their own pay TV services before Apple, claims the source.
“The difference is that Apple wants to release a full-fledged television set, seeking to control the entire experience of watching TV, according to sources. Apple already sells a small set-top box called Apple TV that plugs into the back of other televisions. It’s an add-on device for watching apps like Netflix and video purchased from Apple’s iTunes store. An Apple television set, by contrast, would attempt to usurp the role of the cable box in people’s living rooms.”
It is believed by many that a successful internet-only pay TV service could pose a significant threat to cable companies that fear becoming “dumb pipes” for other people’s programming.