It has long been reported that Apple is working on a standalone video streaming service of its own. Reports had suggested for the longest time that the service would be launched in 2018 but it didn’t. A new report now claims that Apple will finally be launching its streaming service in the spring this year.
Apple has been investing heavily in original content and it obviously needs an avenue to distribute all of those TV shows and documentaries that it has been picking up. That’s where the TV service will come in handy. It has started releasing some of its own projects already which include Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke through Apple Music. Much of its original content, however, will be distributed through the streaming service.
The Information reports that Apple has informed many studios and networks whose content will be available through the service that it’s going to be ready for launch by mid-April. Some of those content partners may include the likes of the Oprah Winfrey Network and independent film experts A24. Apple has reportedly signed multi-year deals with these partners.
The scribe mentions that Apple’s streaming service is slated to release within “several weeks” of the mid-April date. What’s unclear at this point in time is how much Apple will be charging subscribers for access to all of the content.