Steve Jobs Discussed Potential Television Deal with CBS CEO Les Moonves

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last November, CBS CEO Les Moonves acknowledged that his company had been in talks with Apple about a potential streaming television service, revealing that CBS had ultimately declined to support the plan due to Apple's demands that it include a split of advertising revenue between the two companies.

    As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, Moonves has now added a bit more detail about those talks, revealing that they occurred at the highest levels between Steve Jobs and Moonves himself. But according to Moonves, the talks fell apart over fears of such a deal disrupting CBS's revenue streams.
    Back in late 2009, CBS and Disney were reportedly close to signing on with Apple for a television service that would have seen Apple offering a "best of television" package through the iTunes Store, but the plan was ultimately shelved as other networks refused to sign on and CBS apparently reconsidered its position. Interest is said to have been revived recently as Apple reportedly moves closer to launching its own television set, with Apple said to be pushing ahead even as it continues to meet resistance from content providers.

    Article Link: Steve Jobs Discussed Potential Television Deal with CBS CEO Les Moonves
  2. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Well you can't have your cake and eat it too. Shot down on this one.
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    A subscription service for the TV shows (and maybe movies) in the iTunes Store would be great. There's so much more content in there than Netflix and Hulu. I hope Apple can give some networks to do it.
  4. Themaeds macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Seems short sighted on the network's part. TV is moving to the it or not.
  5. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Right there is the problem. He might know the business as it was, but has no idea about where it is going and doesn't know how to make that work and embrace it.

    This internet thing is the future, Les. Go with it.
  6. Andronicus macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2008
    I was reading about this over the weekend on theverge, engadget, and iphonedownloadblog…very interesting. It seems the tv people are content with currently making truckloads of cash. If it ain't broke… Believe it or not people, Steve Jobs didn't know everything.
  7. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Its only a matter of time...

    Only thing TV is good for now is live sporting events.
  8. ILikeTurtles macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
  9. ciociosan macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2009
    Lund, Sweden
    Just another one of Les Moonves classic missteps. He might profess to know all there is to know about the television business (though evidence suggests otherwise), but he certainly has no clue whatsoever as to what happens with his revenue stream in unpaid aspects of the market. They're losing enormous amounts of revenue due to decisions like this. If I can't pay for it - because I'm quite literally prevented from doing so - I'll get it for free. Online. You know, the intertubes. It's not a big truck. Etc etc.
  10. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    TV and FILM industries have to wake up and realise their megabuck days are numbered.

    Better to go first than try catch up later.
  11. FFArchitect macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2010
    Pretty sure the same things about "knowing an industry more than you" were said to Steve vis a vis music.
  12. M-O macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    current ABC and NBC shows are available via the ABC and NBC apps. current CBS shows are available via bittorrent.
  13. xinu macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    I stopped watching TV completely around 2009 and never going back.

    Top Gear and Family Guy are only TV shows I watch and our TV companies wont show those so I must get them from internet.

    Rest of watchable material I can find from youtube.
  14. Andronicus macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2008
    See that's the difference between you and me (and millions of others) if I can't pay for it, I'll wait until I'm able to pay for it. People try to justify piracy any way they can. :rolleyes:
  15. devchris macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    Haven't we heard this before?

    Yeah, just like he was wrong about the personal computer, music, phone and tablet markets. Maybe Steve really didn't know much about TV, but it is hard to ignore his history of revolutionizing technology markets.
  16. kaioslider macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    I don't watch regular television and haven't for years. A lack of interest in currently available content not withstanding, it's been the commercials that's driven me to seek alternative media streams, such as iTunes, Netflix streaming, Amazon streaming, etc.

    While this tidbit doesn't really say anything about what this "advertising" on this subscription service would look like, I wouldn't pay for content that's interrupted with ads - defeats the value of paid verse free content IMO.
  17. vampyr macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2008
    The television execs are exactly the same as the music industry execs. Disrupt the revenue stream?? Say it like it is Les... You are a greedy CEO and don't want to share the money with Apple. Truth is, you are either going to work with Apple's HUGE customer base, or you will fail in creating any additional revenue through internet delivery.

    The music industry didn't want to 'share' the profits with Apple and failed at trying to create their own subscription service. Maybe CBS and other networks need to realize that ANY subscription service is revenue that they did not have before.
    CBS and other corporate networks need to realize that today's society doesn't sit down in front of the TV with the family like they did in the 80's. We are a society that carries our media devices everywhere we go. We also are starting to realize that being bombarded with commercials every 5 minutes is no longer a necessary evil to watch our favorite shows and we will gladly pay a few dollars to get rid of the commercials. After all, time is our most valuable commodity, and if it takes me 30 minutes to watch a show on TV, but only 23 minutes to watch it from the internet, guess which one I have more time for??
  18. phillipduran macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2008
    I was thinking the same thing. How many other big CEO's have had egg on their face for not listening to Apple.


    Yay for doing the right thing.

    Hats off to you!
  19. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Well, you have to look at the track record, right?

    I mean, look at how badly the artists are losing money after signing up to put music on iTunes.

    Oh, wait.

    Well, the studios lost a fortune when they put TV shows and movies... Wait, what?
  20. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    If they get a few major networks involved, hopefully the rest will sign up once they know it's successful.

    I see no reason why a customer paying for the TV they watch is a bad idea. Only watch one football game a month? That's fine, you don't need 24/7 Sky Sports 1, 2, and 3 broadcast into your home all month at a cost of around £30.
  21. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD
    re: revenue streams

    While I'm a big believer in the idea that TV has to change, and will eventually become another service provided over the Internet -- it's going to be a tough sell for the traditional networks right now.

    In this particular case, it sounds like the biggest "deal breaker" for Les Moonves was Apple's demand of a chunk of their advertising revenue. That's the thing ... If you're a traditional network? You make the lion's share of your money on the advertising. It's a little bit different for a "premium channel" like HBO or Showtime, where your viewers are monthly subscribers. The regular "over the air" local TV stations can be viewed for free by anyone with a receiver. As long as they can convince potential advertisers that "X number of thousand/million" eyeballs are potentially watching their station, they can keep selling those expensive commercial slots.

    Any benefit they'd receive from going digital and adding all of THOSE potential viewers to their totals get nullified if their partner starts taking a big cut of the ad revenue to do it.

    For this to be workable, I think Apple (or whoever else) needs to strike a deal where they don't ask for any of the ad revenue. They should be content to have access to all the content, so they can make money through sales of their hardware that makes it possible, plus whatever additional subscription or other fees they're able to charge with the service. (Right now, most people pay some sort of monthly fee just to receive local stations via their cable or satellite provider -- so nothing really new from that angle.)

  22. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Not in the near future it isnt. Sure it'll be an option, but theres no way in hell it'll be internet-exclusive within the next say, 5 years. Too many areas are still on very slow connections.

    The issue is bandwidth. If everyone's tv came through the internet, the isp's wouldnt be able to offer decent speeds. We'd all be back to 512kb internet due to the oversubscription of the lines.
  23. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    He's not refusing the idea of moving to the internet. His issue was Jobs wanting HALF of the advertising revenue. His thinking may have been something like "today we get 100% of ad revenue; partner with Apple on this and we get 50% of ad revenue. I see what's in it for Apple. What's in it for CBS?"

    Every time I see one of these kinds of threads the message is always similar: that Apple is "asking for everything" without showing these companies who actually own the "everything" how THEY are going to to make more money. And that's the big key in all of these "greedy, short-sighted studios" threads. It's not a win:win:win (Studios:Apple:Us) if only Apple actually wins in these various "it's the future" concepts.
  24. BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    Translation: CBS is digging in on the old model and burying their heads in the sand as the tidal wave rolls in.

    Anybody who is struggling to slow the approach of the future rather than embracing and riding the wave is going to drown. How is this any different than offering programming to the satellite providers when they came along to compete with the cable providers? Eventually the networks won't have a choice here -- its not like their content is getting better with every year -- it is getting worse. Only a few shows stand out as great anymore.
  25. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    His comments should be read as so...

    Mr. Moonves, do you have any idea where your market is MOVING to? That's what matters, and you sir do NOT know that market.

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