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Following yesterday's report that Apple to launch a news and magazine subscription service, it appears that the company is also looking into the video streaming business. According to CNBC, Apple will be launching its rumored streaming video service in April or May, although some video partners won't be participating in it, such as Netflix and perhaps even HBO.



CNBC stated in the piece that the service will include free original content for device owners, and that customers will also be able to sign up for existing digital services like Showtime and watch the content in the TV app as long as they work with Apple, similar to how Amazon Prime Video Channels works.
Apple is aiming to launch service in April or early May. It will allow customers to sign up for existing digital streaming products and watch them in the iOS TV application, similar to Amazon's Prime Video Channels. Apple wants to simplify mobile video viewing by housing content in one app instead of forcing users to launch separate apps for each service.
Further, CNBC claims that Apple is requesting for a 30 percent cut on every customer that subscribes to an over-the-top video service through its streaming service, while it only takes a 15 percent cut on revenue from customers that sign up to HBO Now, Netflix, and other streaming apps currently. Enough is said, Apple is said to offer its original content free to device owners, including more than two dozens of tv shows and movies.

Updated: Bloomberg, however, claims that Apple could launch the video streaming service as early as March 25, alongside Apple News Magazine service. The company reportedly invited Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and director JJ Abrams, to attend.

According to Variety, Apple has inked a deal with DHX Media to produce all-new "Peanuts" content that will be exclusive to the company. While Apple has also ordered a straight-to-series show starring Jennifer Garner and executive produced by J.J. Abrams. The aggressive expansion of its movie collection comes as Apple reportedly would debut its video streaming service as soon as next year.



For Peanuts, it says it includes a short film, featuring astronaut Snoopy with the theme of STEM education, which Apple has long supported. However, It's unclear who else will be starring in it, since the report makes no mention of Apple gaining the rights to existing Peanuts content. The creator Charles M. Schulz developed the franchise dates back to 1950.

Starring Jennifer Garner, titled "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends", the new drama series is based on Amy Silverstein's memoirs of the same name published in 2017, which tells the story of how a group of women gave her tremendous support while waiting for a second heart transplant. Both Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television will be the producers of the series.

The two new original contents Apple's well over a dozen original TV series and movies lineup, and just this past few weeks, Apple ordered a show from M. Night Shyamalan, a violent drama starring Richard Gere, and so much more.

There are more than dozens of tv shows and movies that Apple is developing, ranging from scientific series to animation cartoons, while many wonder how Apple plans to deliver its original content to customers, CNBC says that the company plans to give its original content away for free to users of its hardware products without any cost.


The report states that Apple will provide its original content for free via TV app on devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, or users can see it through other subscription services when they sign up. However, there's no free lunch, Apple may offer “PG-rated” shows for free in the TV app, it could still seeking an extra subscription service in the future.

Apple is preparing a new digital video service that will marry original content and subscription services from legacy media companies, according to people familiar with the matter. Owners of Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV will find the still-in-the-works service in the pre-installed “TV” application, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details of the project are private.

Apple is spending $1 billion on original content in 2018, even though some companies like Netflix and Amazon spent more than twice of that amount. The Cupertino giant also aims to produce television shows and avoiding risqué content that avoids nudity, raw language, and violence. CNBC believes that it will launch a revamped TV app in early 2019.

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For the first time, Apple won its first Primetime Emmy for its Original Content - Carpool Karaoke, which won Outstanding Short Form Variety Series at this year's Creative Arts Emmy Awards, reports Deadline, Meanwhile, the company continues to develop plenty of tv shows and movies, with the latest being "The Elephant Queen' and Animated Cartoon 'Wolfwalkers'


Carpool Karaoke were produced on CBS "The Late Late Show With James Corden. Apple, however, acquired the rights in 2016. The show features celebrities in the driver's seat and sing songs while driving. Apple has already in the work of for a second season in February, and it's now available for Apple Music subscribers.

The latest original content Apple brought are documentary The Elephant Queen and Animated Cartoon 'Wolfwalkers'. The Elephant Queen is about an elephant matriarch who leads her herd to find places for living. Nevertheless, Wolfwalkers tells a story of young hunter named Robyn in a world of superstition.

Apple has already making more than dozens of shows, as the money isn't an issue at all. At present, the Cupertino firm's television shows could debut as soon as March of 2019.

Apple has announced to team up with Oprah Winfrey for original programs, in which it will present the CEO of OWN’s unparalleled abilities in a way of connecting the audience around the world. The deal will be a key part of Apple’s original content.


Apple today announced a unique, multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed producer, actress, talk show host, philanthropist and CEO of OWN.

Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.

Winfrey's projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.

It’s clear that Apple is aiming to increase its content library since the company has a handful of shows in the works. As we reported yesterday, the Cupertino tech-giant may even be making its first animated film in a partnership with Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.

Apple may be producing its first animated film as it inked a deal with Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon. While the company also working on a series of original television shows, with the latest two being a drama series about Child Journalist Hilde Lysiak, as well as a series called "Little Voices" from producer J.J.Abrams.


Currently, it’s unclear how Apple make the film available, and it will be online only or in theaters. But one thing for sure is that Apple is aiming to secure distribution rights, despite the talks have not yet finished, meaning that the deal could still fall apart.

It's unclear how Apple plans to make the movie available, but a theatrical release, necessary to qualify for Academy Awards, is possible, one of the people said. Apple and Cartoon Saloon had no immediate comment on Thursday.

So far, the iPhone maker has secured as many as 16 tv shows, in the future, we won’t be surprised to hear that a new show will be added to its content library. It’s expected that Apple could release the first show in 2019 at earliest. So we will have to wait and see!

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Apple is again being reported to be working on a new tv show, the company has linked a deal for the sci-fi series adaption of Isaac Asimov's Foundation, the series will be produced by Skydance television, which is in development for straight-to-series consideration.

As reported by both Deadline and Variety, the series will be written and produced by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, and they will also serve as executive producers and showrunners.


For those who unknown about the the book, Foundation is Isaac Asimov's most popular and well-known science fiction series, which takes place in a time when the Milky Way is under the control of the Galactic Empire, with the novels span many years and cover the rise and fall of multiple empires.

The book trilogy–comprised of the novels “Foundation,” “Foundation and Empire,” and “Second Foundation”–takes place in a time when the Milky Way is under the control of the Galactic Empire. A mathematician named Hari Seldon develops a method to predict the fall of the empire, leading him to form a group known as The Foundation to preserve and build on human knowledge and speed the rise of a new empire.

In additon to the show, Apple is also working on another drama based series called Are You Sleeping?, an untitled space drama that developed by Ronald Moore, a reboot of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories, as well as an epic world-building drama called "See".

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Apple just picked up its first animated TV series called "Central Park" developed by Loren Bouchard, well-known for the popular cartoon "Bob's Burgers," reports Variety. It will be a musical comedy written by Loren Bouchard and 20th Century Fox, and will producing two season, each have 13 episodes.

"Central Park" is produced by 20th Century Fox and stars Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn. The show is said to tell the story of how a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park in New York City and end up saving the park and the world.

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Speak to original content, Apple's iTunes chief Eddy Cue is at the SXSW conference today, when he said that the company is "all in" for the content plans. " Cue says Apple was after someone who "really knew the business but was also willing to think about it differently." The VP of Apple also said that the money isn't an issue for them.

We're completely all in. Apple isn't going to buy a company like Netflix or Disney, though, because the focus is not quantity, it's quality. You need to have a great story, while also teasing technology that will be a "surprise" to users. [...] We're making big investments, Money isn't an issue.

At present, Apple is in the work for 11 of other shows. These series' release dates are still a ways away so we don't know a lot about each one just yet. What's your thoughts on the matters, do you like to see more shows are coming?

According to a report by Variety, Apple has successfully purchased yet another tv show, a ten-episode straight-to-series psychological thriller that is said to be directed by M. Night Shyamalan, a well-known movie director who had produced the "Sixth-Sense."

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The show will be written by Tony Basgallop and will run half hour, Shyamalan's Blinding Edge Pictures will be producing the series. Jason Blumenthal, Ashwin Rajan, Todd Black and Steve Tisch as the executive producers, with Taylor Latham co-executive producing. 

Apple has a long list of television shows that are currently in development, and this new psychological thriller marks the 11th show that we know about. Here's the full list of TV series that the company is in the development stage:
  1. A series of early news episodes starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston
  2. Reboot of 1985 Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"
  3. Space drama series by Ronald D. Moore
  4. Horror drama starring Octavia Spencer "Are You Sleeping?"
  5. Documentary type series called "Home"
  6. The futuristic drama "See" from Steven Knight & Francis Lawrence
  7.  A new show by Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land
  8. A comedy series starring Kristen Wiig
  9. "Little America" by Jumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
  10. Swagger, a drama based on the early life and career of NBA star Kevin Durant.
We are unclear when Apple plans to start debuting these original shows. Even though the company has produced Planet of the Apps, as well as the Carpool Karaoke, neither of them were very well-received.

According to a report by Variety, Apple and HBO are embroiled in a bidding war for a new sci-fi drama television series penned by J.J. Abrams. The show is more likely to deal with a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force.

J.J. Abrams has written a new sci-fi drama television series that is currently the subject of a bidding war between Apple and HBO, Variety has confirmed with sources.

Abrams, the writer of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" who he is working on the upcoming and as of yet untitled "Star Wars: Episode IX." In the past, Abrams has worked on shows that include "Lost," "Felicity," and "Alias."

In addition to handling the writing, Abrams would be also serve as an executive producer, alongside Ben Stephenson, the head of TV for Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, would also act as an executive producer, while Warner Bros. Television would produce the series.


Apple is also in the work for two other sci-fi series, including including a revival of 1985's Steven Spielberg sci-fi series "Amazing Stories" and an untitled space drama developed by Ronald D. Moore, known for "Battlestar Galactica." The company still remains sincere for its efforts into original content.

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Apple is continuing to build up its library of original content, and its newest series order is for a drama called "See," which was written by "Peaky Blinders" creator Steven Knight and will be directed by Francis Lawrence, known for his work on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay", reports Deadline

According to the media, the show is an epic world-building drama set in the future. Little additional information is available on the series at this time, it comes from Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content, which are also behind "Are You Sleeping" an another upcoming Apple TV show.


While it’s not entirely clear how long the series will be, today’s report says it will likely consist of eight episodes. But we do know that the science fiction drama comes from a joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.

In a competitive situation, Apple has landed the hot TV package See with a straight-to-series order. An epic, world-building drama set in the future, the project is written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2). It comes from the recently launched scripted drama venture between Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.

Since the June of 2017, Apple has been aggressively pursuing original content, it orders several other scripted TV shows, such as an sci-fi series called "Amazing Stories, an untitled space drama developed by Ronald D. Moore, a docuseries called "Home" and an untitled "morning show drama" that starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

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According to Variety, Apple has inked a deal for yet another television show, and is called Home, it'll be a documentary series based on ‘extraordinary’ houses as well their creators. The documentary is being produced by Altimeter Films, Time Inc. Productions, and Media Weaver Entertainment.


Variety says the series will include 10 episodes to start, each lasting one hour. It will offer a "never-before-seen look inside the world's most extraordinary homes" while also delving into the imaginations of the visionaries who dreamed them up and built them. The shows sound more like MTV's "Cribs" but with more of a design and architecture focus.

The series will offer viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most extraordinary homes, and delves into the minds of the people who built them.

"Home", which could debut at least one series later in 2018 is the first documentary-style series that Apple has ordered thus far under the leadership of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two former Sony executives Apple brought on last June to run an original content division within the company.

The tech giant is also working on several other shows in addition to "Home," like Steven Spielberg’s "Amazing Stories" sci-fi series, a morning show drama which starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and a most recent one called the "Are You Sleeping," a psychological thriller starring Octavia Spencer that focuses on a podcast that reopens a murder case.

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According to the DeadlineApple has picked up a unnamed sci-fi space drama which will be led by Ronald D. Moore, who is the showrunner for “Outlander” on Starz and previously worked on “Star Trek” and the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot.


The show, which "explores what would have happened if the global space race had never end. The project hails from Sony Pictures Television and Moore’s studio-based Tall Ship Productions. It was created and written by Moore and "Fargo" co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi.

The untitled series takes place in a world in which the global space race never ended. Moore created the series and will serve as writer along with Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. All three will also executive produce along with Maril Davis of Moore’s Tall Ship Productions.

The new space drama is Apple's third series that's in development. Apple in October inked a deal with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Comcast's NBC Universal to create new episodes of sci-fi series "Amazing Stories." In November, the company picked up an untitled "morning show drama" that will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

Apple's original content is being led by former Sony executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, who joined Apple in June 2017. Amburg and Erlicht produced shows like "Breaking Bad," "The Crown," and "Better Call Saul," are running Apple's video programming efforts on a worldwide scale under iTunes chief Eddy Cue.

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