Deals Already in Place for Apple to Launch Netflix Competitor?

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Building on his earlier claims that Apple is preparing a subscription video streaming service to take on Netflix, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek today issued a new report claiming that Apple already has deals in place with the major video studios and TV networks to support such a service.

Apple might be ready to roll out its own video subscription service similar to Amazon and Netflix, Peter Misek at Jefferies reports in a note this morning.

Specifically, he says, "As part of Apple's roll-out of cloud video services (and eventually an iTV), we believe Apple has unannounced deals with all/most of the studios/TV networks that are similar to the subscription streaming deal between Amazon and CBS."

Apple earlier this week expanded its nascent iCloud service to include the re-downloading of purchased TV shows, including allowing Apple TV devices to stream the purchased content directly from the cloud. And with another claim today suggesting that Apple may finally be preparing to launch its "iTunes Replay" service that would fold the cloud-based TV show offerings in with a similar program for movies to support re-downloads and streaming, Apple appears to be making a significant push into bringing video to iCloud.

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Top Rated Comments

FriarNurgle Avatar
146 months ago
$10 or less for unlimited streaming of comparable Netflix content for all devices on your iTunes account or GTFO.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OmegaRed1723 Avatar
146 months ago
$10 or less for unlimited streaming of comparable Netflix content for all devices on your iTunes account or GTFO.

This. Nobody wants to pay an Apple Tax on Magnum PI: Season 3.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sky Blue Avatar
146 months ago
For years, I've wanted the ability to stream TV and Movies from the iTunes store, subscription style. Would sign up for this day 1.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
samcraig Avatar
146 months ago
I know I will get downvoted for this - but whatever Apple plans - I sincerely hope that entities like Hulu and Netflix can continue to thrive.

The thought that "all" media being controlled by one company - no matter WHAT company that is - is NOT good and downright scary.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChristianVirtual Avatar
146 months ago
I want to see The Simpsons. But I'm sure it will be again regionalized ... Time that the studios accept that the world is small
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Donz0r Avatar
146 months ago
$10 or less for unlimited streaming of comparable Netflix content for all devices on your iTunes account or GTFO.

Meh, I have NETFLIX. I don't need another netflix - I need something BETTER!! Give me the ability to stream an extensive content selection of shows - give me the ability to drop my cable subscription and I'll gladly pay $30/month.

Apple has shown us over and over that they are apparently the only company that can come in and shake up an entire industry. Please Please PLEASE do this to the Cable/TV industry Apple. We need it!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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