We already have another streaming service between us, this is Apple TV+ an Apple service that will offer us both products produced under that seal and third-party content through Apple Channels. In the presentation we have been able to see great names in the industry such as Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shyamalan, Damien Chazelle, Ron Howard, Jason Momoa, Jennifer Aniston or Reese Witherspoon who will make productions for this new service.
The Apple Channels service is now available in 10 countries and has content from HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Tastemade, Smithsonian, EPIX, Noggin and MTV Hits. It is expected that in the future it will become available in more than 100 countries and services such as Amazon Prime, Canal +, Directv Now, PlayStation Vue and Hulu will be added. A platform focused on selling a extra package to current users of iTunes adding an extra price for these services.
On the other hand Apple TV+ will only be available in autumn through the Apple TV app and not even have a web version. This implies that in order to see the contents of this service, we need a device that accepts the certified app.
Future support has also been announced for Smart TV brands Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO and others depending on the market and in turn will have support for Roku devices and Amazon’s FireTV. Although it is not announced support for Android or Windows sure in the future appear because they can not lose all that market, in addition Sony Smart TV run with Android TV as a system. Not counting the option to send content by AirPlay 2 that has been certified on many devices lately.
It remains to know the exact dates of start of the Apple TV+ service and above all the price. For now it seems a streaming option focused more on the ecosystem of Apple users to integrate with iTunes than a direct competitor of Netflix or the future mega platform of Disney+.