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It seems we'll have to wait a while for Apple's much-hyped TV streaming service to go live, amid rumours of a wrangle over TV rights.

According to sources cited by Re/code, the service has been delayed because local restrictions have stopped Apple securing its desired portfolio of shows.

The service was reportedly due to launch in early autumn, but Apple was forced to hold off.

An autumn launch would make sense. That time of year is traditionally when the telly schedules get all their best shows, as the nights draw in and the cold weather encourages people to stay in.

In order to stand out, the report claims, Apple wants to offer live programming from local TV stations in the US. However, it's apparently taking a lot longer than expected to sign deals with the relevant broadcasters.

We had heard that Apple would announce the service at WWDC, which starts on June 8th. After this report, however, that sounds unlikely.

Apple should show off its new Apple TV set-top box though. This is expected to have Siri for voice control, third-party apps and a new, snazzier remote control.

Apple doesn't do things by halves, so expect it to make a big push into the lounge in the coming months. Couch potatoes, rejoice!

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Re/code

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