Apple settles ‘Netflix tax’ lawsuit in Chicago after judge throws out case

Apple has settled its lawsuit against the city of Chicago over its ‘Netflix tax’ after a judge dismissed the case. The first-of-its-kind measure was introduced by the city in 2015. It levied a 9% surcharge on users of streaming service by extending Chicago’s tax on tickets for recreational activities to “amusements that are delivered electronically.” […]

Ex-DAZN exec Ben King invests in Looper Insights

Connected TV intelligence outfit Looper Insights has recruited former DAZN and Apple senior executive Ben King as an investor and advisor to the board. King will advise the Looper board on strategy, market requirements and product development. The company said he would also help extend and deepen its relationships with the leading studios, distributors, streaming […]

Disney, Apple and Amazon all bid for NFL Sunday Ticket rights

Disney, Apple and Amazon are all awaiting a decision from the NFL as to who will end up with the Sunday Ticket rights. The trio are reportedly all hopeful of securing the rights having submitted bids, CNBC reports. The Sunday Ticket rights are valued by the NFL at around US$2 billion, with DirecTV’s US$1.5 billion […]

Apple to broadcast MLS in 10-year global deal

Apple has agreed a 10-year rights deal with the US’s Major League Soccer (MLS) to broadcast the domestic football competition globally. The deal, which will come into play from 2023, is worth a reported US$250 million annually. Through the Apple TV app, the iPhone maker will broadcast all MLS and Leagues Cup matches, along with […]

UK watchdog to probe mobile browser market, takes aim at Google in-app purchases

UK competition regulator the CMA is to conduct a ‘market investigation’ into Apple and Google’s stranglehold on mobile browsers along with its impact on cloud gaming. Following a year-long study of Apple and Google’s mobile ecosystems, the watchdog says it is also to take enforcement action against Google in relation to its app store payment […]

Apple reportedly set to launch cheaper Apple TV device 

Apple is reportedly set to release a cheaper Apple TV device in the second half of the year. According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company will produce a model which “improves cost structure” in H2.  At present, Apple TV 4K costs US$179 and US$199 respectively for the 32GB and 64GB models, while […]

Russian law firm sues Netflix and Apple to ‘punish’ boycotting companies

A Russian law firm has launched legal actions against Netflix and Apple in an effort to ‘punish’ western companies who have abandoned Russia in wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Both Netflix and Apple have suspended the activities of their respective streaming services in Russia, while the latter has restricted the use of Apple […]

Apple set for services restructure with streaming at fore

Apple, which this week has officially retired the iPod, is reportedly planning a major shakeup of its services business which includes SVOD Apple TV+. Following the breakout success of Ted Lasso’s second season in 2021, Apple TV+ has garnered a cult following this year thanks to hits including Severance, The After Party and streaming’s first […]

Apple Music app available on Roku

Apple has brought the Apple Music app to Roku devices. The iPhone maker’s music streaming service is now available on any Roku device including Roku streaming players, Roku TV models, and Roku premium audio products like the Roku Streambar Pro.  Apple Music offers access to over 90 million songs and 30,000 expert-curated playlists ad-free on […]

Apple TV+ wins Best Picture Oscar with Coda

Apple TV+ has become the first streaming service to claim the coveted Best Picture gong at the Academy Awards. After less than three years in operation, Apple TV+ won the Best Picture Oscar with Coda, the Siân Heder-directed drama about the only hearing member of a deaf family.  The film claimed all three awards for […]

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