Apple May Develop Original TV Shows Exclusively for iTunes and Streaming TV Service

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has met with TV producers and Hollywood studios about developing original TV shows to offer exclusively to its iTunes customers, according to TheStreet. The article comes by way of independent contributor Ronald Grover, a longtime entertainment business journalist who has previously covered the media and entertainment industry for Reuters and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.


    The original content could spearhead Apple's plans to launch its oft-rumored streaming TV service, which has reportedly been placed on hold due to the iPhone maker's difficulties in securing content deals with owners like CBS, ABC, Fox, Disney, and Viacom. The report, citing sources with knowledge of the matter, claims Apple could announce a cable-like offering alongside the iPhone 7 in September.
    The original TV shows would presumably be available for rent or purchase on iTunes, and/or through a subscription-based service like Netflix that would provide on-demand access to unlimited programming for a set monthly cost. Apple's streaming TV service has been rumored to cost between $30 and $40 per month, but that price was contingent upon a "skinny bundle" of TV channels rather than original programming.

    Apple's discussions with Hollywood executives are being led by iTunes chief Eddy Cue, and Robert Kondrk, vice-president of iTunes content, according to the report. In a recent interview, Cue said customers should be "able to buy whatever they want, however they want," and he used the App Store as an example of how Apple provides users with multiple ways to purchase content.

    Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple has shown interest in acquiring Time Warner assets, which include CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT, NBA TV, Cartoon Network, its Warner Bros. movies division, and more. Gaining exclusive rights to the popular HBO series Game of Thrones would certainly give Apple a head start on its streaming TV service, along with Silicon Valley and other original programming.

    Netflix, which collaborates with Hollywood on exclusive TV shows like Daredevil, House of Cards, Jessica Jones, and Orange is the New Black, has proven that original programming can be highly popular among consumers. Apple adopting a similar strategy could help bolster its own streaming TV service, which may be accessible on the web and devices like the Apple TV, Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

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  2. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

    Mike Oxard

    Oct 22, 2009
  3. Derekuda macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2004
    I would prefer if Apple just killed the Apple TV altogether. Personally, "exclusive" and "original" programming is a turn off. It's one of the reasons my wife and I might be canceling Netflix soon. I don't care for their original content and thats all they seem to push now instead of trying to get rights to stream good movies and tv shows.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 29, 2016 ---
    Ugh... NOT funny. Please don't quit your day job.
  4. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2008
    Certainly works. The most content creators we have, the better for us, the consumers.
  5. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    Why not, the more the merrier. I hope they crush it. Might eventuallly give other media companies the kick in the ass they've been needing for a while.
  6. 512ke, Jan 29, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2016

    512ke macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2003
    Amazon has original shows. Netflix has original shows. Apple TV has a great interface but very little in the way of compelling exclusive content. You need original shows to attract eyeballs to your platform and make it relevant. The eyeballs will go where the content is. Especially if it's series.

    So far, content owners are shy about letting Apple stream their stuff, because everyone wants this business for themselves. No one in the business wants to see Apple rule streaming TV the way iTunes once ruled music.

    So making its own unique compelling content is the only way forward for Apple.

    The pity is that the company should have been creating original series content a LONG time ago. Apple is playing catchup to the likes of Netflix.

    But here's hoping they enter the game late with a burst of speed. Apple has the one thing you need to attract great storytellers and talent: tons of cash.
  7. macintologist macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    If it's not on Youtube or Netflix I'm not watching it.
  8. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
  9. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Not really sure that Apple should go into the producing industry. But if they did, I think the best scenario would be as part of a streaming service like Netflix. If it's just to create content to sell on iTunes - there's little point. They can make more money leveraging other people's content and just getting their cut.
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Looking at the growth of the "services" category, almost on par w/ iPad and Mac, respectively, it makes sense Apple would delve further into media subscriptions. Plus they have to keep up with all the other streaming services if they are to remain a relevant service.
  11. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    Could this be the point when they stretch themselves too thin? I kinda miss the Apple that was so heavily focused on great software being paired with great hardware. Do they really need to become their own picture studio now?
  12. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Everybody's doing original content, but there are limits to the number of content providers to which I will subscribe. Netflix, Amazon, and HBO, yes. Anybody else had better have some damned compelling stuff. I cut the cord for a reason.
  13. AppleMark, Jan 29, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2016

    AppleMark macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    Netflix and Amazon already do this. However this is unlikely to solve their issues.

    The difference is that unlike with Apple, other content providers want (and have allowed) Netflix and Amazon Prime to carry their content in addition.

    Maybe this says more about Apple, than the content providers?
  14. MvdM macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
    Please no. These will be shows according to Apple's diversity standards. So every shows has at least one black transgender who is married to a girl whose sister misses at least one arm.

    Focus on good products with enough ports, good keyboards etc.
  15. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

    Nov 4, 2008
    It’s a killer and I think makes the consumer end up paying more altogether. It’s terrible in the world of games consoles. Right now to play everything I want I think I need a Mac, xBone and a PS4.
    That’s about £1600 excluding games!! (Admittedly I could get a cheaper gaming PC).
  16. kungpaaao macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2015
    I'm accepting the fact that the company is changing whether I like it or not. It would be nice to focus and look at doing a few things great.
  17. Lemon Mac macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2016
    They could make a biopic of an iconic CEO, oh hang on...
  18. gugy macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Please Apple, stop spreading yourself all over the place and focus on Mac software and hardware. The pro's who use it would appreciate.
  19. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    This is great news - Apple should team up with Netflix and Amazon to create content.

    They all have a common goal here - crushing the power that the cable companies have.
  20. kyleh22 macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    I see this being about as successful as Lisa, Macintosh Portable, eWorld, Pippen, Ping, or Apple Music.
  21. bgraham macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2015
    United Kingdom
  22. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    You mean go back to being a $2 billion company? They can't support their new spaceship campus on Mac software and hardware.
  23. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
    Most of Orange's business plan is illegal in the USA due to anti-competition laws.

    I'd love to see some interaction with these series using audience feedback contributing to the show outcome. The old QUBE Network patent suite is long expired.
  24. teslo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2014
    this has similar potential to Apple Music's goals. let's just hope they don't screw it up this time - not that i don't think they can salvage Music with a bit more attention to consumer complaints and rejigger it accordingly. not everything starts out a resounding success.
  25. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    If Apple is going to start paying for exclusive content as part of some subscription TV service I get it. But if they're thinking of becoming production studio or doing stuff in house I think it's a big mistake. What does Eddy Cue know about creating TV shows? I don't even think Netflix produces stuff in house do they?

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