Apple’s greedy terms for new service reportedly spook publishers

Apple's Holding a Surprise Event on March 25, Here's What to Expect

The Verge reports that Apple is planning to release a news subscription service but is facing resistance from publishers after the tech firm stated that they expected to receive 50 percent of all revenue generated by publishers using its platform. The deal would offer some outlets significantly less than they make through their own subscription services today; The Wall Street Journal charges more than $20 a month for various digital subscriptions, for example.

Apple, which has taken its time developing a strategy for entering the crowded streaming video field, is targeting springtime for the launch of a new streaming clearinghouse, according to multiple reports.

"With much pushback from publishers Apple is realizing this news service bundle will have its share of hurdles to find success with consumers as well as content partners".

However, Apple has been holding events in March for years, so it's not entirely surprising news.

Rumor mill: A premium news service from Apple could ask publishers to give up half of their earnings. In other words, that could include original Apple video content and news, along with Apple Music and iCloud storage tiers, all for one monthly fee.




The event will be "subscription services focused", however, it's unclear if it will also include details on the upcoming TV news service that Apple has in the works.

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel? The New York Times and the Washington Post are said to be among the publishers that are not happy with Apple's terms. Should the news service take off as a success, offering a year's worth of support is easy. The paid service will launch by the summer, the people said. An Apple spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment.

Apple has traditionally held a special event near the end of March each year where the company has announced new iPads and the iPhone SE among other products.

Bloomberg also states that the video service will be accessed through Apple's TV and Movies app that comes preinstalled on the company's various devices, including the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and 4th generation Apple TV.

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