Apple Has Wrapped Filming on Five Original TV Shows Ahead of Streaming Service Launch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In one week, Apple will host a media event in California focused mainly on details about its upcoming TV streaming service. This week, The New York Times published a report about the state of a few shows on the service, hinting at which ones might be available at launch, the issues some partners have with Apple's plans, and more.


    According to the story, around 11 projects have either completed filming or are nearing the end of filming, meaning they are the likeliest to appear in the "first wave" of shows on Apple's service. While we'll get the first glimpse at Apple's streaming service next week, the full service isn't expected to launch until later in the year.

    Shows that have finished shooting include "Are You Sleeping?" starring Octavia Spencer; Ronald D. Moore's "For All Mankind"; M. Night Shyamalan's thriller series; Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney's unnamed comedy; and "Dickinson" starring Hailee Steinfeld. Looking forward, the number of original Apple productions is expected to increase in 2020.

    Apple is said to be using this event to show customers "just how many shows [it] has pulled together," and that its streaming service will be worth checking out at launch. Combined with content purchased from third parties, Apple's offering could put it on par with the size of Hulu, Showtime, or FX, according to The New York Times. Previous rumors have suggested the launch lineup would be predominantly third party content.

    More than a dozen people who have had dealings with Apple's TV service did reference concerns about the project in this week's report. Many working with Apple have received "little or no information" regarding the time frame of their shows' release dates, other than vague statements like "later this year, probably fall." Apple has also not divulged marketing plans to its partners.
    Apple has also reportedly been "squeamish" when it comes to the portrayal of its own technology in the shows. The company is said to ask specific questions about how iPhones or MacBooks will be used, suggesting that they prefer them to be seen in positive situations.

    Apple's "It's Show Time" event will kick off on Monday, March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park Campus in California. As with most Apple events, it will start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time or 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The event is also expected to include the unveiling of its expanded Apple News service.

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  2. Teammm macrumors member


    Feb 24, 2012
    Hope it'll be a good deal, not too overpriced. Looking forward to seeing what's there.
  3. NoIdentity macrumors member

    May 17, 2018
    If it is not worldwide, I don't care. I am not looking forward on waiting 20+ years for this content to show up in my country...
  4. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I am interested to see what they come out with. I will give it a try before signing on long term, but I think Apple has the funds to create a compelling product. Hire the best writers, directors, and actors and we should get some great content.
  5. Smartass macrumors 65816

    Dec 18, 2012
    I'm not really interested. Already have Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, and cable TV... it's already too much to handle!
  6. betterbegood macrumors regular


    May 21, 2014
    San Lonkong
  7. bommai macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2003
    Melbourne, FL
    I agree. Already Disney streaming is going to gut a bunch of other services. CBS has all access. Hulu and other services have original content. There is none one service that has it all. We have gone from overpaying one cable company to paying for several different providers. I went from paying nothing (used only broadcast tv) to Netflix and amazon prime.
  8. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    We'll actually get to see the finished product after all this news about this show and that show that Apple is currently working on.

    Being that my wife and I already subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, DTV Now and HBO, I would be hard pressed to add another video streaming service to our bills. But I'll keep an open mind to see what Apple comes out with.
  9. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2018
    Dub Dub
    Whatever shows Apple is coming out with will have to be very appealing for potential customers to consider signing up. In addition, once the series starts broadcasting, it needs to capture the viewer's interest in continuing to watch future episodes. Essentially, Apple is coming out with pilot shows and we have seen some not lasting past the 1st or 2nd season. I want to reiterate if you can only watch through Apple's ecosystem, the shows need to be very appealing and interesting. Their marketing department is going to have to work hard with advertisement to get the info out there.
  10. ProVideo macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    If it's a bunch of PG shows with violence, language, sex, and other adult subject manners scrubbed clean for family audiences, then no thanks. Did Apple look at the success of Game of Thrones and think, "Yeah, this show is good, but it would be a much bigger hit without all the sex and blood"?
  11. derekamoss macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2002
    Houston, TX
    This is the exact reason I don't think it will be successful. I believe the majority of people feel this way and don't want anymore stuff to have to subscribe to. Especially when people are already paying ridiculous prices for their other products already.
  12. Mayanja macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2017
    Am so bored with this. Why do this Apple. We want good hardware. Good keyboards. More RAM. Re-designed iPad minis. And yes maybe music. You're neglecting your hardware for TV services, which we know others will always get better.

    A bunch of famous people on stage saying how "Amazing" or "Beautiful" or "Incredible" it is won't do it.
  13. Bornee35 macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    Exactly. A lot of people cut the cord on cable/satellite for overpaying on what they actually wanted. Went to a centralized Netflix. Now the companies are decentralizing online streaming to resemble cable packages again.
  14. vikingjunior macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2011
    Five whole shows WOW! Yep, they’re ready for prime time.
  15. derekamoss macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2002
    Houston, TX
    And the only reason they are willing to do so is because the companies have media brands that are proven. I actually just saved money buy dropping my Hulu account and changing my Spotify Account to the 9.99 tier because it includes Hulu now. Why choose to pay an Apple music sub and TV Movie media sub when there is a more attractive package.
  16. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    It’s OK folks will just share their logins for all these streaming services and kee their cost down.
  17. w5jck macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2013
    About the best and polite comment I can make about Apple's upcoming shows and service is: Meh! You can wrap up a dog poop in pretty paper with a bow on it, but it is still just a piece of nasty dog poop. Affordable live TV or it doesn't matter to me. Independent TV shows come and go, but they never sway me toward one provider over another because so few of them ever make my watch list.
  18. Classie macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2018
    Sure the content is important... but I’m more excited to see the software and integration between hardware. This is where Apple have more experience and can offer something unique.
  19. Ncrit macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2017
    You are absolutely right. Here in Thailand we are still waiting for Apple Pay how
    Many years since this was announced?
  20. Substance90 macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2011
    Yeah, sorry but no thanks. We have enough subscriptions already.
  21. Duel macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Sounds interesting, so far haven't found any video service which i would pay for. I've been trying many choices, but cancelled them after free trial. Apple advantage is that it's fresh with new material and if Apple offers free trial and people like it, it won't be hard to get new users.

    I already see movies and series what i want to see.

    Apple have all the money to make it as big as they want.
  22. xkilgannonx macrumors newbie


    Mar 18, 2019
    I understand the push for original content, but I don’t care that much. Let me pay a flat price like Apple Music and let me stream all the shows / movies on iTunes AND add that original content in there.

    You’ll get a lot of adopters real fast then!
  23. nerdrage macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2018
    The way streaming is going, there are two paths to success: already be ensconced globally (Netflix, Amazon) or have big brands to tout and get attention (Disney, AT&T). If Apple wants to horn in, they better do the latter and that means buying any brands that are still owned by companies like CBS and Comcast that aren't going to make it in streaming. Trouble is, they might not sell until reality finally sinks in. Could take a while.
  24. teejaysplace24 macrumors member


    Apr 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, California
    As of this week, Disney and Hulu are now effectively the same thing, with the former owning a 70% interest in the latter. I'm honestly surprised the FCC has allowed this part of the sale to go through, given the leverage it gives the Mouse. You almost feel like Hulu's days are numbered seeing as the move is toward walled Studio gardens with exclusive content.
  25. decypher44 macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Already have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, DC (will let it lapse in Dec), and CBSAA. The ONLY future streaming service I will sign up for is Disney+. Sorry, but won’t even consider Apple’s service.

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