Apple may have figured out TV streaming deals with broadcast networks
Even though Apple has considered the Apple TV to be its longest living hobby, we’ve heard that there’s a much broader plan behind the scenes. We know that Apple wants to bring both local and national TV to the world of video streaming, something that’s never been done before due to its complexity. Most rumors claim that Apple will launch something this year, and today we hear good news.
Apple has reportedly reached two major milestones in its negotiation with broadcast networks. The first is to get all major players in the US to accept, so yes, you can expect ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to be part of the deal on a national level. Disney or CBS will be the first to sign up, so services like ESPN and Discovery fall in the mix too.
The biggest challenge left was to get local channels to accept, mainly because networks don’t control affiliate feeds. The source claims that even this hurdle has been solved, as Apple was able to convince network broadcasters to obtain rights to local feeds, and save Apple the need to go from city to city making the deals.
At the moment what’s left to negotiate is Apple’s 30% cut, something that has historically given Cupertino bad publicity in negotiations. Let’s see if Apple is able to fix that part for the rumored launch in the fall.