Apple to cut fees video services must pay to App Store, sources say

“Apple Inc. plans to cut the amount it charges to sell video services over the widely used App Store, a move to appease partners whose movies and TV shows are vital to the technology giant’s video strategy,” Lucas Shaw and Alex Webb report for Bloomberg.

“The iPhone maker intends to reduce the slice of revenue it is paid by subscription video streaming apps from the current 30 percent to 15 percent, according to people familiar with the plans,” Shaw and Webb report. “Other non-video apps see their bill from Apple halved from 30 percent only after a customer has completed a year’s subscription.”

“The concessions speak to the growing importance of video to Apple, which next month will introduce a new app devoted to TV shows and movies,” Shaw and Webb report. “Apple’s new TV app is part of the company’s effort to make its devices the hub for watching video by pooling television shows and movies from multiple apps in one place.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s new TV app. Comprehensive incompleteness or, in other words, the perfect app for Apple TV.

You should’ve heard the collective “Puleeze!” that rang throughout the hallowed halls of MacDailyNews‘ palatial headquarters when Tim Cook unleashed this one yesterday: “And now, with the TV app, there’s really no reason to watch TV anywhere else.” — MacDailyNews, October 28, 2016

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