Apple Rumored to Launch Streaming TV Service This Fall

Apple TV

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on the release of a subscription-based streaming TV service to be released this fall. The service would be a direct competitor to cable companies and features ABC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, Fx and other networks for around $30-$40 per month.

This news comes hot on the heels of Apple’s recent announcement of an exclusive grab to HBO’s new standalone streaming service, HBO Now. Notably absent from the rumored channel lineup are NBC networks, which is owned by Comcast. With Comcast holding the keys to the Internet, this could get messy – especially when take into account the ridiculous Comcast bandwidth allotment. New media has a major bottleneck that needs to be freed.

We could hear something official from Apple as early as June at the Worldwide Developers Conference with a launch of the service slated for September.

HBO Streaming Service Coming To Apple Devices – No Cable Or Satellite Service Needed

With more and more content providers looking to the internet to get content to the masses and with the masses getting fed up with bloated, high-priced cable and satellite bills, a la carte streaming services from major networks are coming down the pike fast.

HBO’s standalone streaming service, HBO Now, will launch on Apple devices in April and not coincidentally, just in time for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones,” the network announced on Monday at Apple’s Spring Forward event. New HBO series like “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective,” and “Veep” will stream live along side cable and satellite provider feeds so there will be no extra time spent waiting for these shows to be added to the library.

The new HBO Now service will cost $14.99 a month and will give subscribers access to all of the network’s past, present and future series plus HBO’s lineup of Hollywood movies. Apple has exclusivity for 90 days from launch, so non-Apple users will have to wait until mid-summer, assuming other providers will launch the service.

WWE Lays the Smackdown With 24/7 Network Launching in February

WWE Network

WWE fans, never worry about missing another big match or paying outrageous PPV rates again.  WWE has gone and done what we’ve all been waiting for.  They’ve gone around the the cable and satellite providers and networks and created their own online, streaming channel almost anyone can afford. [Read more…]

Sony’s New 4K TVs Get Priced Starting at $5,000

Sony 4K TV

Sony’s new 4K TVs revealed back at CES 2013 should be available this summer with pre-orders starting later this month. The 55″ XBR-55X900A 4K TV will retail for $4,999, while the 65″ XBR-65X900A 4K TV will retail for $6,999.

Along with the new 4K TVs, Sony also priced its FMP-X1 4K Media Player bundled with 10 feature films and video shorts in true 4K resolution at $699. The FMP-X1 should be available this summer with the ability to download 4K titles to the device coming through Sony’s distribution service in the fall.

If you want to get in on the pre-order action, you can find out more here on Sony’s online store.