Can’t wait for this to come out. IP TV is the future. I don’t have cable and I don’t know anyone who does. I believe Apple will make their service amazing. The biggest issue with TV is that it is inconvenient and annoying. I can’t wait to see what Apple comes up with. (Report from DSLReports below)
2015’s already been a rather crowded launch year for Internet video offerings, whether we’re talking about Sling TV, Sony’s Playstation Vue, or Verizon’s upcoming LTE-focused live TV effort. One Internet TV service that may not be appearing in 2015 is a planned subscription TV offering from Apple, which appears to be bogged down in licensing disputes with broadcasters.
Of course these disputes are nothing new. We’ve noted how Apple has been banging its head against the broadcast and cable industry for years now. This latest impasse appears to be specifically focused around Apple’s desire to offer local broadcast channels to users.And, to nobody’s surprised, these slow negotiations have once again delayed the launch of an Apple TV service. But a new report suggests Apple’s video delivery infrastructure isn’t fully cooked, either:
The company wanted to introduce this year a live TV service delivered via the Internet, but is now aiming for 2016, said people familiar with Apple’s plans. Talks to license programming from TV networks such as those owned by CBS and 21st Century Fox are progressing slowly, some of the people said. Apple also doesn’t have the computer network capacity in place to ensure a good viewing experience, said some of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
Broadcasters and cable operators have been very wary of giving Apple the kind of control the music industry had to relinquish in order to fight piracy. As such they’re effectively terrified of disruption, even though Apple’s end product may (with the exception of local live broadcast streams) not be all that different from existing and looming services by Verizon, Sling, and Sony. In the end an Apple TV deal will get done, but the final product will likely look nothing like Apple’s original intentions.