FTC Launches Inquiry Into Big Tech Deals

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a lookback at some of the smaller past acquisitions by some of the largest tech companies. The FTC said Tuesday it has issued “special orders” to Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which require them to provide info on all acquisitions over the past decade (Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2019).

Analyst: Apple’s TV Push Is ‘Failing To Resonate

Apple Inc.’s streaming video service has gained limited traction with consumers, and this could represent a cautious signal as the company moves away from hardware sales and toward services, according to Bernstein. Analyst Toni Sacconaghi estimated that fewer than 10 million consumers had opted for their free 12-month trial of Apple TV+, citing an analysis of the company’s first-quarter results.

Richard Plepler And Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act For Apple

QUARTERLY REPORT

Apple TV+ MIA In 1Q Earnings Report

Apple TV+ was one of the biggest product launches in years for Apple. But you wouldn’t know that from Apple’s just-released earnings. The streaming service, which launched last November after years of stops and starts, was not mentioned once in the tech giant’s first-quarter earnings report. During the subsequent earnings call with analysts, CEO Tim Cook dedicated only a brief mention of the new service when he said it was off to a “rousing start” but declined to disclose any actual subscriber numbers.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Inks Apple Overall Deal

Fresh off seven seasons of HBO stalwart Veep, she has signed a sweeping overall deal with the tech giant and streaming platform. Under the multiple-year agreement — which should be seen as a massive “get” for Apple video heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht — the Emmy-winning actress will develop new projects exclusively for Apple — as both an executive producer and star.

Apple Made Big Hollywood Splash. It Needs More

The Apple TV Plus launch this year was a multibillion-dollar bet. Next year we learn if Apple can move beyond being just the iPhone company.

Apple Reportedly Entering Satellite Business

Apple Inc. has a secret team working on satellite technology that the iPhone maker could use to beam internet services directly to devices, bypassing wireless networks, according to people familiar with the work. The Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker has about a dozen engineers from the aerospace, satellite and antenna design industries working on the project with the goal of deploying their results within five years, said the people.

Apple May Bundle Digital Subscriptions In 2020

Apple Inc. is considering bundling its paid internet services, including News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music, as soon as 2020, in a bid to gain more subscribers, according to people familiar with the matter.

Kim Rozenfeld Steps Down As Apple Head Of Current Programming & Unscripted

Apple Eyes 2022 Release For AR Headset, 2023 For Glasses

How Will Apple, Disney, AT&T, Netflix Retain Streaming Subs?

Freebies Are The Key In New ‘Streaming Wars’

Apple, Disney and AT&T’s WarnerMedia want to jump-start their challenges to Netflix by offering freebies and deep discounts on emerging streaming plans.

Iger Leaves Apple’s Board As Showdown Looms

Apple disclosed Iger’s departure in a regulatory filing Friday, but his resignation became effective last Tuesday. That’s the same day that Apple announced its long-awaited video streaming service will debut Nov. 1 and cost only $5 per month, less than half the price of Netflix’s most popular plan.

FALL PREVIEW

It’s A New Morning For Jennifer Aniston

Fifteen years after Friends, she is returning to TV in Apple’s The Morning Show as a news anchor dealing with ageism, sexism and her co-host’s misconduct.

Apple Sets Price, Launch Date for TV+ Streamer

The service will launch Nov. 1 with original series such as The Morning Show starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston for $5 per month for a family subscription.

Apple Aiming For Apple TV+ Launch In Nov.

Apple Inc. plans to roll out the Apple TV+ movie and TV subscription service for $9.99 a month by November, part of a drive to reach $50 billion in service sales by 2020, sources say.

Apple Releases Teaser For ‘The Morning Show’

Congress Grills Big Tech On Competition, Money

A Tuesday afternoon panel of the House Judiciary Committee focused on whether it’s time for Congress to rein in these companies, which are among the largest on Earth by several measures. Central to that case is whether their business practices run afoul of century-old laws originally designed to combat railroad and oil monopolies.

Tech Titans Testify At House Hearing

The House Antitrust Subcommittee is holding the second of its two Big Tech hearings this week, hearing from the FAAG in FAANG, lacking only Netflix among the witness list and definitely meeting the criteria for the hearing’s title.

Big Tech Execs Due On Capitol Hill Next Week

Executives from Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google will testify before a House of Representatives congressional committee next week in a hearing to discuss the tremendous market power wielded by online platforms.

Longtime Designer Jony Ive Leaving Apple

Why Is Washington Ready To Regulate Big Tech?

The precipitating event for Silicon Valley’s regulatory reckoning? A change in our political beliefs.

Apple Details News Subscription Service

The news service costs $10 a month and includes roughly 300 magazines and a handful of major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Missing from the announcement were other major newspaper publishers, who have reportedly been wary of Apple’s terms. Apple says advertisers won’t track readers inside the app. That distinguishes it from Facebook and Google, the other major online news hubs. The company also said it is launching a MasterCard credit card called Apple Card.

As Apple Readies Big TV Launch, Hollywood Powerbrokers Going In ‘Blind’

Nearly two years after Apple first signaled its plan to become a programming powerhouse, the tech giant is set to unveil its vision for the future of entertainment. And it’s got Hollywood on the edge of its seat.

Apple Video Service Expected Today

It’s a long-awaited attempt from the iPhone maker, several years after Netflix turned “binge watching” into a worldwide phenomenon. The new video service is expected to have original TV shows and movies that reportedly cost Apple more than $1 billion — far less than Netflix and HBO spend every year.

Apple Ready To Raise Curtain On Streaming

Apple has kept a tight lid on most of the details of its upcoming service, even keeping its creative partners in the dark about how exactly their work will be distributed. What is undisputed, however, is that the tech giant with a nearly $1 trillion market cap has lined up a who’s who of high-profile talent to vault it into the increasingly crowded original-content arena. Apple is set to unveil its plans on Monday.

Apple’s Plan To Challenge Netflix Takes Shape

The tech company, about to have a showcase event on its campus, is expected to reveal details about a dozen or more programs ready to go or almost done.

Apple Streamer May Launch Without Netflix, HBO

Apple is targeting April to debut a new streaming product that will include original content free for Apple device owners and a platform to subscribe to other digital media services. HBO hasn’t signed on to the service due to a disagreement over revenue sharing with Apple. Netflix and Hulu aren’t expected to be a part of the “Channels” service.

Oprah Winfrey Finds New Harpo Exec To Lead Apple Push

Terry Wood, who’d been with Netflix for the past four years, heads back to the Winfrey-verse — having previously worked for her company in Chicago in the 1990s.

FuboTV Integrating With Apple’s TV App

Apple Plans Gaming Subscription Service

Apple is planning a subscription service for games, according to five people familiar with the matter. The service would function like Netflix for games, allowing users who pay a subscription fee to access a bundled list of titles. Apple began privately discussing a subscription service with game developers in the second half of 2018, said the people, all of whom requested anonymity to discuss unannounced plans.

NATPE 2019

Wall Street’s Take On TV’s Future

Among a NATPE panel’s predictions: four global mega-companies, digital’s growing presence and cable’s declining influence, news and sports as key to traditional media’s survival.

Jason Katims Exits Universal TV For Apple

Apple Inks Deal With Samsung To Distribute iTunes Shows On TVs

Netflix-Apple App Store War Heats Up

Jennifer Garner To Reunite With J.J. Abrams

How Netflix And Apple Are Upending Hollywood

Paramount and A24 agreeing to produce original films for the digital giants represents an about-face in the traditional pecking order and signals a major shift in the entertainment industry.

Apple Reportedly Considering Investing In iHeartRadio

Apple’s Approach To News: Humans Over Machines

While Google, Facebook and Twitter face scrutiny for spreading misinformation, Apple has avoided scandal by using people to pick what news to show. Is that good for publishers?

Inside Big Tech’s D.C. Survival Strategies

With new attacks by President Trump, high-stakes testimony next week on Capitol Hill, and a midterm election vulnerable to online manipulation, tech’s giants are bracing themselves for two months after Labor Day that could decide whether and how much the government regulates them.