In a move that I’m sure has nothing to do with the fact that Apple releases their quarterly earnings in March and this would be the fresh start of a quarter, it looks as if the software company is looking to start up their bland streaming service in April of 2019. Hopefully, they’ll have a name such as iStream figured out in time for the launch as there is still nothing we can officially call it. This would place the platform in competition with Disney’s upcoming standalone streaming service Disney+ in a likely bid to woo away some customers who are waiting for it to be released.
This new release date is coming from studios and networks “whose offerings will be available through the service to be ready for launch by mid-April” and has come from three separate sources. We know that both A24 and the Oprah Winfrey Network have signed multiyear picture deals with Apple and could be the source of this news.
The report has the service ready to launch “within several weeks” of mid-April. As Disney+ is getting shown to investors on April 11th, 2019 it would make sense to try and undercut some of the fanfare and praise which it will most certainly receive. It will be interesting to see how they’re hoping to distract viewers excited for new Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars titles that will be launching with the new service.
Are you looking forward to seeing what Apple can do with a streaming service? What do you think the company will end up naming it? Will they make it immediately available to those who have no interest in buying an iTV or Apple product? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Slash Film