WSJ: Apple in Talks With Viacom and Discovery for Streaming TV Service

WSJ: Apple in Talks With Viacom and Discovery for Streaming TV Service

The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is in talks with Viacom and Discovery to include the networks’ channels in its much-rumored streaming TV service.

WSJ: Apple in Talks With Viacom and Discovery for Streaming TV Service


The partnerships could see mid-tier channels such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon available through the subscription-based service on devices including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

It was reported earlier this week that Apple has plans to launch a streaming television service, which would include such major networks as ABC, FOX, and CBS. The service would offer around 25 channels for $30 to $40 per month.

Apple will reportedly announce the service in June, at their Worldwide Developers Conference, with the actual launch of the service in September.

Apple has long been rumored to have a subscription-based television service in the works, with rumors stretching back to 2009, when it was reported that the Cupertino firm was in talks with CBS and Walt Disney for such a service. Rumors have continued to pop up since then, with none of the rumors ever coming to fruition.

Rumors once more began circulating again last month, when Re/code reported that Apple was once again in talks with television content providers for a streaming TV service. The firm recently signed a deal with HBO to provide the cable network’s HBO Now streaming service to Apple TV users via a monthly subscription. It was also announced that same day that the $99 price of the Apple TV would drop to $69.

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