“Apple is courting owners of US television networks, including CBS and Walt Disney, in the hope of launching a subscription television service over the internet by next year, people familiar with the discussions said,” Kenneth Li and Joseph Menn report for The Financial Times.
“The service is expected to be offered over Apple’s iTunes digital entertainment store, which sells movies and TV shows, but does not offer them for a recurring monthly fee,” Li and Menn report. “The debut of the service is among other entertainment and news services that the maker of the iPod and iPhone could offer on the ‘tablet’ computer it is widely expected to launch imminently.”
“‘The driver behind it [the tablet] will be content,’ said Kathryn Huberty, a Morgan Stanley analyst,” Li and Menn report. “Apple is preparing an announcement next month that many anticipate will be the official unveiling of its tablet, but the company has so far declined to confirm the existence of the device. Wall Street analysts expect mass production of an Apple tablet to begin as early as February.”
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