Apple working on a $30 iTunes TV subscription service?

By Matthew
Nov 2, 2009
  1. According to unnamed sources cited by AllThingsD, Apple is trying to secure backing for a monthly TV subscription service -- not unlike your average cable or satellite provider. The supposed service would cost $30 per month, and would be delivered via iTunes. This would make the service accessible to various devices and platforms, rather than binding it to a specific piece of hardware, like Apple TV.

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  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,291   +55

    A little steep since a connection of that speed like Comcast internet is $55 without cable tv in addition to the $30 and there are the cap overages. If Netflix can do it for $8, why not Apple?
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    Too much "saids" ands "woulds" to have an opinion in this matter.
  4. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,159   +67

    I think that cable is still more convenient, but as Kibaruk said, this is a rumour without much meat. It's like asking if we think the Apple tablet would be an attractive buy.
  5. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    Be interesting to see how this turns out.
  6. limpangel

    limpangel TS Member Posts: 64

    Maybe if the halved the price i'll consider it. :)
  7. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    even if it does happen, no, I wouldn't. Just because it's apple.
  8. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127

    Regardless I wouldn't for various reasons, but really there's just no where near enough details to make a good informed decision. I'd be interested to see how many channels/networks they get in this..if its just an absolute ton then the price would be good. Yeah so for me it would depend on how many networks they get on board, but probably wouldn't go that route regardless.
  9. MBK

    MBK TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Apple really need to come up with some kind of business focus. This kicks off then iTunes is no longer a music library, it's a media center. Guess it'll need a new name...

    Also, as has been said, it is deffinatly too expensive, plus, I personally look at TV as a more social area medium e.g. living room/lounge (whatever you wanna call it). Integrating PC/Mac and TV into once device will only cause problems unless you're a complete loner (no battling for use of the screen) or have a beast of a PC that wont care if one person is playing a high end game on one display and someone else is watching TV on the other (a beast of an internet connection too if the gamer is online...)
  10. JieMan

    JieMan TS Rookie Posts: 63

    So I wonder if they are going to pick what you watch to keep you in the smug Apple lifestyle? I think this is bound to happen eventually Apple is concerned on making money any way they can, as a business they should, It doesn't matter what they do, they have enough swing to get it done. Then again who really cares, its Apple.

    I really wish the industry would start switching to a new model for tv.
    The current workings of the industry only has an advantage to the corporations.
    I for one wold like to be able to select a provider and then choose only the channels I want.
  11. nyred

    nyred TS Rookie

    As pointed out above, there are not enough details to form an opinion. Hopefully, it will bring more competition to the market.
  12. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 159   +37

    I myself am very anti-apple so no matter what would never consider using this service. And the day Hulu and Youtube start charging is the day i stop using those as well.
  13. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Its always funny for me to see Apple trying to save their asses with any crap that comes to mind and yet again they always overprice it, typical . Heh...
  14. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Posts: 173

    Have you looked at apple recently? they aren't hurt up for money, they aren't hemorrhaging money. In fact, they are doing rather well. The TV / Video market is branching into new areas, namely the internet based services. If i were the CEO of apple, id want my hand in it too, and I'm sure all the stockholders do as well.

    I dont think i would pay for this service (or any other one). I am happy with my cable package. As the others have stated before, we need more details.
  15. Colonel Lance

    Colonel Lance TS Rookie Posts: 46

    I'd have to get a good look at this and probably read reviews from sites I trust (like this one) to see if getting this would be worth it for me.

    My first impression is no, but it has it's possibilities.
  16. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    Without more specifics, there is no way to make a call on this. If they (or anyone else) can beat my Comcast bill and provide the same amount of flexibility and channels, definitely worth taking a look. But at this stage, just not enough info.
  17. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    I wonder how much more on average Apple fans pay for their entertainment... overpriced hardware, songs from iTunes, Apple TV, etc.
  18. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    I wonder if you will be able to view older episodes as well, in HD too? If so that might be better than cable, Correction it will be better than cable.
  19. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 699   +58

    After hulu becomes subscription I won't be using it anymore, and as for appletv, why bother? Everyone has a TV..well most people have a tv and you pay good money for cable, why throw $30, or even the hulu fee for something you already have.
  20. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 638   +56

    it still won't compete with the torrent 'market'.
  21. gruesomeA

    gruesomeA TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I think this is a beginning to a scheduled internet "channel". I would love to see a major company start up a scheduled lineup of weekly videos online.
  22. Shalimar

    Shalimar TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Apple and their crap software and insane restrictions can kiss my ***. Not a chance I'll support this crap
  23. lynxon

    lynxon TS Rookie Posts: 30

    You know, this sounds like a neat idea and all, but then I remember who it's being made by...
  24. diego713

    diego713 TS Rookie

    Sounds too good to be true. The question would be, what do you get for $30.00? If it is basic only, this would not be a big deal. If were the complete package it would be awesome!
  25. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 594   +50

    I don't see this being a replacement to my cable service. Besides, the Apple is forbidden fruit.
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