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Apple's Upcoming Streaming TV Service: What You Need to Know

Daniel Sparks, The Motley Fool

In March, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) unveiled plans for a streaming TV service, Apple TV+. The service was to debut this fall. Beyond sharing some of the actors and actresses who will be starring in a handful of original shows on the platform, Apple revealed very little information about the service. But as its launch draws near, more details are surfacing.

As investors wait for Apple TV+ to come to market, here's a look at what we know, as well as some of the rumors about the service.

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, who will star in The Morning Show, on stage at Steve Jobs Theater.

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston will star in Apple's The Morning Show. Image source: Apple.

About Apple TV+

While details about Apple TV+ are scant, it was clear from the beginning that Apple had recruited some famous names to give the service some clout.

"Apple TV+, Apple's original video subscription service, will feature a brand new slate of programming from the world's most celebrated creative artists, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more," Apple said in a March 25 press release about the new service.

It will feature original shows, movies, and documentaries.

Now Bloomberg is reporting on some new rumors, citing "people familiar with the matter." Apple is currently considering pricing the service at $9.99 a month, Bloomberg said. Further, the company isn't holding back on investing in the new service; Apple is reportedly spending about $300 million on the first two seasons of The Morning Show, a TV series based on an early morning newscast dealing with a scandal and an evolving media landscape.

Video source: Apple.

Intensifying competition

As Apple prepares to launch Apple TV+, competition in the space is more intense than it has ever been. While Netflix, with its ever-growing content slate, is the obvious elephant in the room, newer entrants are aiming to grab wallet share as well.

Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS) Disney+ streaming service is launching on Nov. 12 at an aggressive price of just $6.99 per month. In addition, AT&T's WarnerMedia subsidiary recently announced plans for a new service under its HBO brand. This new service, called HBO Max, will launch early next year. Finally, Comcast's NBCUniversal is slated to debut a new streaming service sometime next year as well.

Apple seems to be well aware of its growing competition in the space as it brings Apple TV+ to market. To make its service more compelling, the company is reportedly trying to beat Disney+ to market. In addition, Apple is considering a free trial for the service, Bloomberg's sources say.

Of course, even these actions won't guarantee Apple TV+ is a success. Beating Disney to market and offering a free trial could help bolster the service's initial traction with consumers, but its long-term success will likely be primarily driven by the quality and breadth of content Apple can bring to the platform.

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Daniel Sparks has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple, Netflix, and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has the following options: long January 2021 $60 calls on Walt Disney, short October 2019 $125 calls on Walt Disney, short January 2020 $155 calls on Apple, long January 2020 $150 calls on Apple, short January 2020 $155 calls on Apple, and long January 2020 $150 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Comcast. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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