Ben Fritz, Tripp Mickle, and Hannah Karp, reporting for the WSJ:
Apple Inc. is planning to build a significant new business in
original television shows and movies, according to people familiar
with the matter, a move that could make it a bigger player in
Hollywood and offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads.
These people said the programming would be available to
subscribers of Apple’s $10-a-month streaming-music service, which
has struggled to catch up to the larger Spotify AB. Apple Music
already includes a limited number of documentary-style segments on
musicians, but nothing like the premium programming it is now
Interesting, but I don’t get why they’re framing this in the context of “offset[ting] slowing sales of iPhones and iPads”. I think Apple would be pursuing the exact same original content course regardless of whether iPhone and iPad sales were booming, stagnant, or falling. It’s just the obvious thing to do.
★ Thursday, 12 January 2017