Yesterday we learned that Apple was upping their spending on Apple TV+ from $1 billion for new content to $6 billion for new content. Now Bloomberg is reporting that Apple plans to launch the new Netflix like streaming in November of 2019. Bloomberg is also reporting that Apple is considering charging $9.99 a month. (After a free trial.)
This will put Apple head to head with the new Disney+ service that is also launching in November. It will be interesting to see how Apple plans to standout against Disney+.
Apple has said they plan to focus more on slowly rolling out high-quality content to Apple TV+, rather than pushing a huge amount of content immediately. This quality over quantity approach has many saying that Apple TV+ is directly going against the Netflix strategy of constantly releasing new content to draw in a wide range of viewers.
For now, we will have to wait and see what Apple announces next for conformation of the launch date and pricing.
Here is all the programming we know is coming to Apple TV+:
The Morning Show– Apple is partnering with Reese Witherspoon’s company Hello Sunshine for a few different projects, including The Morning Show. This series will star Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and will look at the people behind the morning shows that we all wake up to.
Amazing Stories – This sci-fi project is a reboot of the series Amazing Stories from the 80s. Like the 80s version, this series will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Each episode will have its own unique plot and set of characters.
You Think It, I’ll Say It – This series, based on Curtis Sittenfeld’s collection of short stories, will tackle issues of class, relationships, and gender. Don’t let the serious topics fool you. It’s also a comedy with a female lead, executive produced by Kristen Wiig.
Truth Be Told– Another show from Reese Witherspoon’s media company, this drama has a true crime plotline and will star Octavia Spencer.
See– Another drama with a sci-fi spin, See takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all of the survivors are now blind.
Foundation– Based on the set of sci-fi books by author Isaac Asimov, Foundation focused on psychohistory expert Hari Seldon who can predict the future. The Foundation is a group set on preserving history before the fall of the empire.
Central Park– This series is an animated comedy from the creator of Bob’s Burgers. The characters are a family who live in Central Park. Look for two 13-episode seasons of this show.
Swagger– This series will tell the story of NBA star Kevin Durant’s early life. Watch for a look inside the world of Amateur Athletic Union basketball.
For All Mankind– Imagine a world where the space race never ended. Ronald D. Moore created For All Mankind which will be one of the first shows released on Apple TV+.
Servant– Previously known as the “untitled M. Night Shyamalan project,” we can expect this series to have the strange twists and turns of the movies this filmmaker is known for.
Untitled Damien Chazelle Drama– Not much is known about this series, but La La Land creator Damien Chazelle will be developing the project.
Home– Take a look inside extreme and extraordinary homes around the world in this series. The docuseries is set to have ten episodes.
Little Voice– JJ Abrams and Sara Bareilles are co-executive producing this musical drama, described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York.
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends– Based on a 2017 memoir by Amy Silverstein, this series focuses on Silverstein and her group of friends, supporting her while she waits for a heart transplant.
Dickinson– Hailee Steinfeld will star as Emily Dickinson in this comedic look at the poet’s life and her role in a world she doesn’t necessarily fit in.
Shantaram– based on the 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram is the fictional story of Lin, a convict fleeing an Australian prison to run to Bombay.
Pachinko– Apple has the rights to a TV version of the novel Pachinko by author Min Jin Lee. The book follows the family of a character named Sunja through 8 generations.
Time Bandits– This series is based on the 1980s movie Time Bandits. In the adventure film, 11 year old Kevin joins a group of dwarves who time travel from one era to the next, in search of treasure.
Mythic Quest– Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star in this scripted comedy that will take place at a video game development studio.
Calls– Adapted from a French series, Calls is a horror/mystery that focuses on audio snippets rather than depending on images.
Home Before Dark– This series follows child journalist Hilde and her newspaper The Orange Street News in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Her paper exposes a murder in the town and Hilde is the one to report on it.
Coming of Age in the CIA– Based on the memoir by CIA operative Amaryllis Fox, this series follows a young woman through her time in the CIA.
Peanuts Series– The Peanuts gang is coming to Apple TV+ in series, animated shorts, and more.
Defending Jacob– This thriller, based on a novel by William Landay, tracks the murder of a 14 year old boy and his friend who is suspected of committing the crime.
Oprah Series– Oprah has signed on for a partnership with Apple that will include two docuseries and a documentary about mental health, among other programming.
Losing Earth– Designed as a project to shed light on climate change, this series is based on a New York Times story called Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change. The story covered a 10 year time span, from 1979 to 1989 when a solution was close, but couldn’t be implemented.
Simon Kinberg Sci-Fi Series– Simon Kinberg, known for working with the X-Men movies, will be executive producing and developing this 10 episode series.
Sesame Workshop– Sesame Workshop is another company partnering with Apple to bring new content to the platform. Look for series for kids, including a show called Helpsters, designed to introduce preschoolers to coding.
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