Starz has decided to go over the top and it has landed on iOS and Apple TV. The second most popular premium channel in the US, behind HBO but ahead of Showtime, is now available to subscribers for $8.99 a month, no cable television subscription required.
This story has struck me as a surprisingly long time coming. For those of us here in the UK we can avoid playing the statutory license fee and still watch our favourite BBC shows via the BBC iPlayer. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said that the TV licensing iPlayer loophole will be closed “as soon as practicable”.
This certainly looks like it’s marking its territory in taking the first steps to become a subscription only service.
There is no more news on the Apple TV but that hasnt stopped CBS CEO dropping the Apple streaming service into conversation on monday during an edition of CNN Money. In a chat to CNN money Les Moonves has stated that Apple’s TV streaming service has gone quiet, at least around his camp. The CBS CEO told CNN money we had conversations a while back and we haven’t had recent conversations with them. This basically indicates zero change Moonves last spoke publicly on the issue. It was back in December that the head of the Tiffany network said that Apple had pressed the hold button on streaming plans. That was said to be due to Apple’s inability to get the kind of skinny bundles of progra mming it wants to offer subscribers. When asked if one day if we might get a streaming TV service from the Cupertino giant, Moonves simply said. you’ll have to ask Apple that I don’t know. and with, that please stand by
Top Gear season 22 could mean the start of a new radical shift by the BBC to stop piracy, well at least for Top Gear, something which Jeremy Clarkson has alluded to a few times. Season 22 of Top Gear will be simulcast around the world when the new series premiers 26th January, 8PM GMT
One of the biggest and most overlooked channels to come to the Apple TV was the WWE network channel. A 27 / 7 streaming service showing all WWE action and pay per views for $12.99 a month with no commitment and the ability to cancel at any time, or pay $9.99 by opting for a six-month contract.