Apple plans to launch TV streaming service first in the U.S., then swiftly expand globally with free original content

Apple Inc is planning to launch its upcoming TV subscription service in more than 100 countries, The Information reported on Tuesday, citing three people familiar with the situation.

The Information is out with a new report today in which it says the Apple streaming service will be available in more than 100 countries, but not necessarily all at once,” Chance Miller reports for 9to5Mac. “Citing people familiar with Apple’s plans, the report explains that the service will initially launch in the United States, but swiftly expand as time progresses.”

The Information also corroborates a report from CNBC earlier this month, which said that Apple’s original programs will be available for free to Apple device owners,” Miller reports. “Apple is in the midst of negotiations with programmers about what it will pay to carry their programs and movies through the TV app, the report adds. Additionally, while the Apple streaming service is expected to be available globally, the subscriptions offered via the TV app will likely vary on a country-by-country basis.”

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  1. I understand G and PG rated is best for the largest audience possible. But I am an adult. I can handle mature shows like Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Man In The High Castle, West World. I am scared Apple will milk toast all of their shows to PG and below. Yawn.

    1. Don’t confuse sadistic violence, wanton sex and the glorification of evil with “mature”. Even though I disagree with Tim Cook on his political posturing, I am very glad that he doesn’t want sex and violence on Apple TV. The market for that type of degeneracy has been well cornered by HBO, Amazon, Netflix etc. Glad to see Apple recognizing their influence and taking the high road and not poisoning the minds of our children and future generations with that garbage.

      1. Violence, sex, and evil don’t have to be shown in order for something to be controversial/taboo.

        Apple isn’t taking the “high road” here. This is about nothing more than trying to get their stuff into as many markets as possible as quickly as possible by being as inoffensive as possible by avoiding controversial/taboo subjects with the authorities in each country they do business in.

        I’m sure most have heard the old saying, “you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”.

        Replace fool with please and it is just as valid.

        It’s a recipe for an almost unavoidable blandness of content.

        1. No, Nick is right and Apple is indeed taking the “high road” and I could not applaud them more. Particularly in the face of a coarsening culture filled with degenerate programming filth that is poisoning young minds everywhere. Some call it mature, sounds like Disneyfication nice spin of the worst of the worst. If it helps Apple to break into more markets and make more money, then it is well DESERVED. What’s next, porn?…

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