Apple plans to launch streaming TV service worldwide in 2019: report

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Apple is planning to launch its streaming service in more than 100 countries, reported The Information, citing three people familiar with the company’s plans.
With this initiative, Apple will compete with both Amazon Prime and Netflix’s international services. According to the report, the app would be launched first in the United States, during the first half of 2019, and globally in the following months.
The content offer will include Apple’s original shows free to Apple device users, and will give users the option to subscribe to channel packages offered by network and cable providers, a model similar to Amazon Channels.
Apple has already produce original content, such as “Carpool Karaoke” and “Planet of the Apps”, available through Apple Music. In addition, the company has signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey to develop new shows and ordered a reboot of “Amazing Stories”, a new series from “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, a thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan and morning show with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
Apple plans to spend about USD 1 billion on original productions in 2018, according to what sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal last year.