The new capabilities available Monday come ahead of Apple’s plan to offer its own original shows, including ones from Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Those shows will be part of an Apple TV Plus subscription coming later this year for a yet-to-be disclosed price.
Locast, the free over-the-air broadcast TV streaming service, said it has added iPad, Apple TV and Android TV to the devices/platforms on which it is now available. That is in addition to Apple iOS, Android, Roku and Hopper, as well as various browser platforms. Locast, which launched last year, does not have to get a TV station’s permission.
Netflix, the world’s dominant streaming service, will not make its TV shows and movies available through Apple Inc’s upcoming video offering, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said on Monday. “We prefer to let our customers watch our content on our service,” Hastings told reporters at the company’s offices in Hollywood. “We have chosen not to integrate with their service.”
Apple has been under a lot of fire lately, as the company that could once do no wrong suddenly seems incapable of doing anything right. But there is one place where Apple seems to have reverted to doing everything right again. It immediately understood that television was a very different beast than technology, which meant they needed to hire people who actually understood the medium.
Cable TV cord-cutters expecting YouTube TV’s full app for Roku and Apple TV devices this year will have to wait a little longer.