“Apple and Walt Disney executives in intensified negotiations in recent weeks are dealing with, among other things, the nettlesome issue of how many Disney-owned channels Apple will be required to carry on its long awaited Apple TV broadband video service,” Ronald Grover reports for TheStreet.
“According to people with knowledge of the talks, Disney is pressing Apple to take most if not all of its channels, which include several channel spinoffs of its mainstays ESPN and Disney Channel, while Apple wants to take fewer channels in a bid to keep the price down for its service, which is expected to be launched later this year,” Grover reports. “Apple hopes to announce content partners for its broadband video service in June, according to media reports, and to launch its subscriber service later in the year.”
Grover reports, “Apple is said to be aiming for a 25-channel offering priced at $30 to $40 a month.”
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MacDailyNews Take: With ESPN in the fold, pretty much whatever Disney wants, Disney gets.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill” for the heads up.]