This evening’s Apple event featured a number of new services, but the real focus was on Apple TV, and two offerings in particular that the company has been working on.
The first was Apple TV Channels, which is a new subscription service that will only bill users according to the content they watch, the firm explained. It also isn’t hampered by restrictions as far as different network offerings go, which means users can still watch HBO, Hulu or Amazon Prime shows without having to worry about being on different plans.
While that does indeed sound good on paper, the full pricing for the service has not been detailed. As such, watching shows from a range of different networks could add up in the long run, so when Apple reveals more pricing information, the value of Apple TV Channels will be easier to gauge.
For now the service is launching in May with 100 countries set to receive it. With Apple TV available locally, South Africa is expected to get it around the same time, but local Apple representatives are yet to confirm.
Moving onto the other significant announcement on the night – Apple TV+.
This new service will act as a platform for Apple to create original TV shows and movies. The company already has a slew of big name talent attached to it, including directors like Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams, as well as actors and actresses like Kumail Nanjiani, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
Oh, Oprah Winfrey is also collaborating with Apple TV+, bringing her Book Club, along with two documentaries that she’s producing as well.
Still a work in progress, this new service is still to have any pricing and availability information mentioned, with Apple noting that it will have more to tell around Q3 / Q4 this year.
Needless to say, it seems like Apple is certainly gunning for Netflix’s streaming crown.