Apple plans to launch TV service in the US in first half of 2019, in 100 countries by year end

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Apple’s unannounced TV subscription service is likely to launch during the first half of 2019. The service will be available in more than 100 countries before the end of the year. In the meantime, the company is looking for video partners to join the service, according to The Information.

As previously leaked, the new service is expected to include a mix of free original content and subscriptions from existing media companies. The content will be available through so-called “channels” that will allow users to sign up for online-only services like HBO and Starz. Third-party content will vary by country. Because its original content will be free, Apple’s expected to only launch “PG-rated” fare.

For now, The Information says the biggest concern among media companies is how their content might be presented next to Apple’s. The worry, naturally, is that Apple content (including iTunes) will be easier to find on the service.

Apple has dozens of original TV shows under development, including series starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Octavia Spencer. The list features dramas, comedies, documentaries, and animated series.

In September, analysts from Morgan Stanley predicted that Apple’s TV service would be as big as Netflix’s by 2025.

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