Apple CEO Tim Cook (whose last name is not “Apple”) announced the company’s new streaming service at a live-streamed press conference at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. As CNBC reports, Apple has two services: Apple TV Channels to watch TV and movies and Apple TV+ for original content.
— Apple TV (@AppleTV) March 25, 2019
Apple TV customers can already connect their cable provider with the Apple TV app, but Apple TV Channels will make the process of switching between channels more seamless. It will include the option to add premium channels such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Epix on the Apple app. And it features an all new home screen inside the Apple TV app that gives personal recommendations for movies and TV shows based on your viewing habits. Users can download shows and movies, too. All of this in a single, easy to use (in theory) service.
The most exciting news for consumers is that Apple TV Channels will allow users to choose which networks they want, rather than bundling them together and forcing people to pay for ones they don’t watch. This is cable a la carte.
However, the other “channel” announced today, Apple TV+, will be the home of the company’s original content, like Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. He’s far from the only big name who has signed on to work with the service.
Apple TV Channels launches in May.
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