Apple's TV streaming service could be here sooner than expected. The service was held up because Apple wanted to strike deals with broadcasters to bring users local content – something no other US service offers. Now it seems talks are progressing nicely.
Sources tell the New York Post that Apple's discussions with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are proving fruitful.
Reportedly, Apple CEO Tim Cook asked the national networks to round up their local affiliate stations so Apple could negotiate with them, rather than chasing individual stations around the country. This has stepped things up a gear, with the networks reportedly being "close" to having the right to negotiate with Apple on behalf of their affiliates.
According to the report, everything is ready at Apple's end. One source said: "The platform is ready and it rocks." So it's just a matter of crossing the t's and dotting the i's.
The service is expected to launch around the autumn. Make no mistake, it will be huge.
Source: New York Post