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Apple expected to launch TV streaming service with 25 channels this June

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Apple will launch a new TV streaming service this June, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The service will offer around 25 channels, which subscribers will be able to watch on Apple TV as well as iPhones and iPads.

“The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter,” the report reads.

ABC, CBS, and Fox are three of the channels that will be included, the sources say, but NBCUniversal — which owns channels like USA and Bravo — aren’t involved in the talks due to an apparent fallout between Apple and parent company Comcast.

“Apple came to believe that Comcast was stringing it along while the cable giant focused on its own X1 Web-enabled set-top box,” sources told The Journal.

Some experts believe it would be hard for Apple’s service to succeed without NBCUniversal channels, but the Cupertino company is said to be in talks with plenty of others, including Disney, CBS, and 21st Century Fox.

The idea is to deliver only headline channels — like CSB, ESPN, and FX — while leaving out the smaller networks typically bundled with a cable TV package.

Media executives predict the service will cost between $30 and $40 a month, The Journal says, and Apple is expected to make it official in June — likely at WWDC — ahead of a launch in September.

A new TV service from Apple that would give Apple TV a huge advantage over rival set-top boxes has been speculated for years now, but while experts said it couldn’t be done, it seems the company is edging ever closer to proving them wrong.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...