Published: Mon, March 25, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Apple Could Debut 'Netflix for Games' Subscription Service at Monday's Event

Apple Could Debut 'Netflix for Games' Subscription Service at Monday's Event

Since last Spring, there have been reports that Apple has been working on an Amazon Channels competitor that will allow you to use your Apple credentials to subscribe and pay for premium subscriptions.

The tech giant recently sent out invitations for the March 25 keynote with the suggestive title "It's show time", which further fueled rumors that the now unnamed streaming service will launch next Monday.

The event comes with Apple under pressure to diversify its revenues amid sluggish growth in smartphones, which have delivered the bulk of Apple's profits for the past decade.

And, of course, Apple will compete against the giant - Netflix.

Netflix's massive push towards original content might end up hurting the company as Indian consumers prefer Bollywood and regional content. While we already know Netflix (and likely Hulu) won't be included, HBO might, we do think Showtime, CBS All Access, STARZ, and MLB.TV will be available at launch.

It's not a secret anymore that Apple will be holding an event tomorrow 25 March. A rival streaming service that Apple will place its own content on among other titles.

Hotstar Android TV App
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Hotstar launched a VIP subscription plan for Rs 365 a year offering users to watch live cricket matches and shows on Star Network before they are aired on television.

The move comes amid deepening woes for the news sector facing a hard transition to the digital world where few people want to pay for information and advertising is problematic.

The big news that is a talk around, Apple is all ready and geared up to roll out its news service.

Typically, Apple events are focused around hardware upgrades to the company's various devices. However, there is news circulating that the Apple Stores and Apple Service Centers can solve the issue without the involvement of any party.

"While we met with several companies participating in Apple's upcoming video service, none seemed to have a clear sense of what will exactly be announced on Monday", Quadrani wrote in a note to clients. All that said, even if we do get a peek at this bundle on Monday the lion's share of attention is still no doubt going to fall on Apple's video plans. As Recode points out, this means Apple can set its own prices, and while that likely won't lead to Apple undercutting its partners, it could mean Apple will offer discounted channel bundles. Services like these and others are a way to keep Apple users tied to their devices - and for the company to tap into new and potentially lucrative revenue streams that it didn't have before. For instance, Apple could create an entirely new storefront for Apple TV users that would offer multiple bundles of content, similar to what cable providers have been doing for years. Media websites such as WSJ will also be in the offering.

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