Apple TV

Apple TV’s ‘Servant’ at centre of plagiarism lawsuit

Apple is at the centre of a lawsuit by Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini over its original series Servant. Gregorini has filed a copyright lawsuit which alleges that Servant – developed by The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan – plagiarised her 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel. Both titles focus on a mother who is […]

Apple TV to launch on Sony, Vizio smart TVs

Apple has confirmed that its Apple TV app will launch on Sony and Vizio smart TVs ‘later this year’. The announcement comes several days after the news that the app would also be made available to 2020, 2019 and 2018 LG smart TVs. It brings the total number of smart TV manufacturers offering Apple TV-built […]

Apple TV to launch on LG sets

LG will bring the Apple TV app to its TVs, the South Korean company has announced. The company said that its new 2020 models will have the app pre-installed, while 2018 and 2019 LG TVs will be updated with users “able to enjoy the Apple TV app this year.” This is an extension of a […]

Apple signs five-year deal with ex-HBO chief Richard Plepler

Apple has hired former HBO chief Richard Plepler to make TV shows for the Apple TV+ streaming service in a five year deal. Under the terms of the agreement, Plepler and his recently created production company, Eden Productions, will develop original programmes exclusively for the Apple service, which launched in November. Plepler, who was HBO’s […]

Apple considers Pac-12 deal to add sports to Apple TV+

Apple is considering adding sports to Apple TV+, and has held talks with a major player in the US. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s head of services Eddy Cue recently met with Pac-12 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) commissioner Larry Scott. Pac-12 has been trying to sell an equity stake in its media […]

Parrot Analytics: Disney and Apple make splash

In a potential sign of things to come in 2020, new series from Disney+ and Apple TV+ have made a serious dent in Netflix’s dominance as per Parrot Analytics’ originals in-demand chart for the week ending December 1 in the UAE.  Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based […]

Parrot Analytics: The Mandalorian shows strong start, but not enough to dislodge Stranger Things

New shows from Disney+ and Apple TV+ have had an impact, but not enough to displace perennial chart-topper Stranger Things from Parrot Analytics’ originals in-demand chart for the week ending November 17 in South Africa.  Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence […]

Apple’s Rozenfeld departs less than a fortnight after Apple TV+ launch

Apple TV’s head of current programming, unscripted and documentary Kim Rozenfeld (pictured) is leaving the recently launched streamer, which made its global bow just two weeks ago. His departure comes as part of a restructure at Apple, where studio chiefs Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht have brought development and current programming into a single […]

Disney+ to exceed 100 million subs by 2025

Imminently launching streamer Disney+ is expected to reach 101 million subscribers by 2025. According to a new report from Digital TV Research, the ‘big five’ SVOD platforms are expected to have a total of 529 million global subscribers, adding 257 million subscribers between 2019-25. The analyst expects Disney+ to clearly establish itself as the third-placed […]

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