Apple’s Netflix-for-games service could launch Monday

Ruben Fields
March 25, 2019

Apple Inc is expected to launch an ambitious new entertainment and paid digital news service on Monday, as the iPhone maker pushes back against streaming video leader Netflix Inc.

In addition to pricing details at tomorrow's event, Apple is also expected to show off some of the first glimpses and bits of footage from the original shows for which it's already spent $1 billion commissioning from a smorgasbord of Hollywood stars. Apple will, of course, take a cut off the top. Apple often launches products and services in the weeks following an event.

"That is a big shift for Apple, which earlier this year moved to make its Apple Music services work on smart speakers from rivals such as Amazon and partnered with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to let Samsung television owners watch video purchased from Apple on Samsung sets". People familiar with the service say that Apple will split revenues 50-50 with publishers.

Bloomberg said that Apple's gaming service would offer access to iPhone and iPad games for a monthly fee that's divvied up between their developers. It will involve Apple and developers cooperating to take games in the App Store and offer them as a subscription.

In its invitation to media, Apple did not specify the focus of the event and gave a single-line description: "It's show time".

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Fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be pleased as creator Rob McElhenney and co-star Charlie Day are said to be producing a comedy series about a video game company for the Apple platform.

Thompson declined to comment on any conversations with Apple. Unlike the recently announced Google Stadia, or PlayStation Now and Microsoft's xCloud, Apple's service is not cloud-based.

This service will combine stories from newspapers, websites and magazines into a new tab in the Apple News app on iPhones, iPads and Macs. The service will come as part of an upcoming iOS 12.2 software update, which will also include a redesigned icon and interface for the Apple News app.

Whatever the company announces, we'll know all about it all tomorrow morning. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple's service will subsidize services like HBO charging just $9.99 a month instead of the typical $15 a month for HBO NOW.

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