Apple in talks to create "Netflix for news" subscription service

Danny Woods
February 13, 2019

BuzzFeed reports that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 25, its first of 2019.

Past rumors have suggested that the original TV content platform could be launched this spring, which would line up with a March 25 event. Last year, the company unveiled the iPad 6, the first-ever low-priced slate from the manufacturer to feature support for the Apple Pencil, on March 29. A Wall Street Journal report today indicated that news outlets are hesitant to agree to Apple's 50 percent revenue cut from the service.

However, as noted above, this could be an event that's not just about the News subscription service, but rather Apple's new subscription services in general.

But this new service would combine content from news services who lock their content behind a paywall.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple wants to charge users about $10 (likely £10, too) for the paid Apple News service.

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More than that, Apple is also said to be mulling a combined subscription bundle that could incorporate all of them together.

First published February 12 at 1:58 p.m. PT. Update, 3:43 p.m.: Adds that The New York Times declined to comment. So if you've been waiting for the new iPad & iPad Mini, new iPod, and second-gen AirPods, you'll probably need to wait a little longer. Yesterday, Buzzfeed News reported the company was holding this event to introduce a subscription news product, but it also seems like the timing would work to introduce its video subscription service as well.

The source behind the My Smart Price report says that Apple is working on a few "exclusive features" for the AirPower, but that they will "not be available until iOS 13 is released".

On the other hand, you probably shouldn't expect any physical products to be unveiled at the event.

This proposed set up has already given several major publishers pause for thought, notably the New York Times and Washington Post which have both withheld from licensing their own content.

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