By; Ahmed Yasser
CAIRO, Jan. 29 (SEE)- As part of a broader look at how ”Amazon” is changing strategies for its video services, the information today shared an interesting tidbit about Apple’s expanded plans for video streaming. According to the report, Apple will upgrade its TV app with support for subscriptions sometime around mid- April.
A mid-April launch is in line with previous rumors that have suggested Apple’s streaming service could launch early in 2019. The service is believed to feature Apple’s own content along with content from third-party companies such as; ”HBO” and ”STARZ”.
”Apple” has over two dozen original TV shows in the works, many of which have entered the casting phase and are likely close to being filmed, if filming has not already started. ”Apple” has also signed deals for multiple movies and has brought on well-known TV producers like ”Jason Katims” and ”Justin Lin” for exclusive TV shows and movies.
Content runs the gamut from dramas and comedies to children’s shows and science fiction. A full list of the projects that Apple has in the works is available in the original content section of our Apple TV roundup.
Apple intends to release a slate of original movies, TV shows and other media through the TV app that comes pre-installed on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Owners of those devices will be able to access content for free as a type of value-added service. The TV app itself will be revamped as part of the rollout.
Along with free-to-watch originals, Apple is planning to sell access to outside channels under a subscription model.
Third-party channels are only part of the story for Apple’s homegrown streaming service. The tech giant is looking to expand on its existing lineup, which consists of “Carpool Karaoke” and “Planet of the Apps,” with a billion-dollar original programming offensive.