Apple plans original podcasts to promote Apple TV+ shows

Apple is looking to follow the likes of Netflix and HBO by producing podcasts to promote its original shows, reports Bloomberg. According to sources familiar with the matter, the iPhone maker sent podcast producers a request for pitches in Summer 2019 for podcasts related to its Apple TV+ series. Other sources also said that Apple […]

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 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 […]

Disney+ tops 15 million downloads

Disney+ has been downloaded more than 15 million times and generated US$5 million via in-app purchases since its launch less than two weeks ago, according to new research. The data, provided by US research outfit Apptopia, helped power shares in the Mouse House to an all-time high of US$151.64 on Tuesday, although Disney+ growth has […]

Roku completes dataxu Acquisition, launches Apple Watch app

Roku has announced the completion of its acquisition of dataxu.  Initially announced at the end of October, dataxu will provide Roku with a demand-side platform (DSP), device graph technology, and analytics platform. Roku says that it also expects the acquisition will accelerate its ad tech roadmap and ability to serve a “wide array of advertisers”. […]

Ovum: FAANG will continue to dominate streaming despite new launches

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – the group of tech giants collectively known as FAANG – will continue to dominate the streaming video world despite the launch of multiple new services by US studios, according to an analysis by research outfit Ovum. According to Ovum’s World Information Series-Service provider service, the FAANG five are […]

Exclusive: Apple accused of breaking own guidelines with Apple TV+ push notifications

Multiple iPhone users have received push notifications promoting the company’s new Apple TV+ SVOD service that they say are in violation of the company’s own guidelines, Digital TV Europe understands. The notifications were first spotted by Thijs Niks, a senior product manager at Uber, who Tweeted a screenshot of his iPhone lock screen which had […]

Apple TV+ bundling move ‘not part of a broader pattern’

Apple’s decision to bundle its new Apple TV+ service, set to go live tomorrow, with new hardware purchases for one year does not represent a wider strategic move to bundle services with hardware, according to CEO Tim Cook. Speaking on Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call, Cook said that “we look at each service, and […]

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