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Apple orders English-language version of Canal+ series

Apple has ordered an English language adaptation of Canal+ French series Calls, which will be co-produced by the network. The 10-episode straight-to-series order marks the first international series greenlit by the tech company. It also makes its first international co-production. As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the existing French series. […]

Apple signs up Oprah in multiyear deal

Apple has signed a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programming on its upcoming streaming service. Apple said in a statement: “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.” There is currently no detail on how much they brought the influential […]

Apple orders J.J. Abrams music comedy drama

Apple has ordered a J.J. Abrams musical dramedy named Little Voices, which will star Waitress duo Sara Barielles and Jessie Nelson. The company made a straight-to-series order of ten episodes, which will feature original music from Barielles. Little Voices has been described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York and explores […]

Charter becomes latest operator to use Apple TV 4K as set-top

Apple announced a number of Apple TV updates and a partnership to supply the device to US cable operator Charter Communications at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) yesterday. Apple used the event to preview tvOS 12, the latest version of the Apple TV operating system. This will support Dolby Atmos, making Apple TV 4K the […]

Canal+ to use Apple TV 4K as its set-top box

Canal+ has struck a partnership with Apple to enable its subscribers to rent the Apple TV 4K box for €6 a month and use it as their primary TV box to receive the pay TV operator’s services. In a move described by Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada as a “philosophical revolution” in its distribution strategy, Canal+ […]

Apple reportedly planning direct subscriptions for video services

Apple is planning to sell subscriptions to some video services direct via its TV app rather than have users subscribe via apps individually, according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the report, which cites unnamed sources, Apple plans to roll out direct subscriptions next year as part of an attempt to boost its content […]

Conviva: Apple TV leads growth as streaming viewing hours ramp up dramatically

Growth in viewing time on Apple TV devices in the first quarter of this year outpaced all other devices by almost two times, according to data analytics outfit Conviva’s All-Screen Census Report Q1 2018. According to statistics from Conviva’s customer base, Apple TV saw 709% increase in viewing hours year-on-year in Q1. During the same […]

Apple lines up originals for possible launch next year

Apple is set to release its range of TV titles for Spring or Summer 2019, according to a New York Times report. The report claims that producers and entertainment executives who have recently met with Apple executives have confirmed the date. The sources have also stated that all productions will have a “bright, optimistic” outlook […]

Apple not targeting Netflix or Disney as it shapes up video strategy

Consumer tech giant Apple is not looking to buy Netflix or The Walt Disney Company, according to senior company exec Eddy Cue. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services would not be “throwing things up against the wall” to establish its video strategy. Speculation Apple would look […]

NCTA: regulators need to end ‘mindless’ net neutrality obsession and take on big tech

Regulators need to stop obsessing about “outdated” net neutrality and address the more pressing need to regulate the activities of internet technology giants, according to Michael Powell, president and CEO of the NCTA. Speaking at Cable Congress in Dublin, Powell said that the war over net neutrality is dominating debate in the US and taking […]

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