It has been a longtime coming, with HBO warning subscribers that a change was coming near the end of this month. With the date finally here, HBO has confirmed that it has shut down one of its Apple TV Channels. As a result, the company's forcing existing customers to switch to its newest option.
When HBO Max burst on the scene last year, the service debuted with a $14.99 per month price tag. But the service's owners have never been shy about another tier of service, one that would drop the cost a bit but also run ads. And now it's finally almost here.
Is Apple a services company these days? It's certainly possible to make that argument. And being in the Apple ecosystem probably means you pay for at least a couple of different options offered by the company. But with so many other offerings out there, it can be a task simply choosing which ones to keep.
Netflix gets teased a lot for having a lot of content, but "nothing to watch". And some of its originals are panned for, well, not being that great. That isn't to say Netflix hasn't had some successes -- it definitely has. And the streaming service dominates the space right now. So of course Apple should have purchased it years ago.
Apple TV+ launched in late 2019, and, since then, the streaming service has seen its fair share of positive reviews. Things didn't start out so bright, with initial reviews for launch shows not all that positive. But, since then, the service has shown a pretty solid library of original content. However, that's not good enough for one former CEO.
As part of its annual effort to showcase some of the best stories released for media consumption, the Peabody Awards has pointed to an Apple TV+ series as one of the 30 best offerings.
Ever since Disney officially announced its streaming service Disney+, it's been considered the juggernaut service to beat. And it turns out that is indeed the case.
WarnerMedia's upcoming premium video streaming service, HBO Max, launches on May 27. And now we know that Apple's device will support the service at launch.
Back in October of last year, WarnerMedia and AT&T confirmed that its newest streaming service, the highly-anticipated HBO Max, would launch sometime in May of 2020. And now we know when, exactly, subscribers can start watching content.
Just a couple of days ago HBO confirmed that it was dropping support for the second- and third-generation Apple TV set-top boxes for its streaming services, NOW and GO. But now the company has changed course.
If you own a second- or third-generation Apple TV and are a subscriber to HBO GO or HBO NOW, the company has some bad news for you today.
Many streaming services see their strengths in the back catalog, which is why major mergers are happening to help bolster the sides of the "streaming wars".