Apple, Nintendo and Sling TV are making headlines today as they bring forth he latest in entertainment. Sit back, relax and enjoy your morning news!
The age of internet TV here, something we really couldn’t be happier about. The live TV providers have built an empire, in which they are the only ones who win. Competitors like Sling TV have already taken the first step, but we all know the big tech companies won’t be keeping quiet.
“People familiar with the matter” say Apple is getting ready to launch an internet TV service with around 25 channels. This would include popular networks like ABC, CBS, FOX and possibly ESPN, among others. There is also said to be a large on-demand service, which makes sense considering Apple already has all the content on iTunes.
Prices are said to range between $30 and $40, and the information ninjas say the service should be launching in September across all iOS and Apple TV devices.
Opinion: Apple is known for being the company that really pushes concepts forward, as people seem to trust them more with new technologies. This time around Apple will be entering the competition pretty early, though.
Nintendo and Japanese mobile gaming firm DeNA have partnered up in a 181 million investment, in which Nintendo will keep 10% of DeNA while the mobile gaming firm will keep 1.24% of Nintendo’s shares. The purpose? To finally bring games with Nintendo characters and franchises to your mobile devices.
DeNA will be helping Nintendo create original titles for smartphones and tablets, as opposed to simply porting games from Nintendo’s platforms. They also plan to unveil a membership service this fall, allowing mobile players to game with PCs and Nintendo consoles.
Opinion: This comes as great news to Nintendo fans, who have been begging the company to brings its mobile games to smartphones and tablets. It’s finally happening; now we just need to see what titles come from this partnership.
Sling TV is leading the way for internet TV providers as one of the first web streaming services for live TV content. People have been loving the service, but it’s now time for availability to expand.
Sling TV is launching on the Xbox One, which just so happens to be the first console the service is supported by. Sling TV and Microsoft have reached a very tight partnership for this launch. So much that new Xbox One owners will be getting a free 3-month trial for the service, and the app will be demoed at Microsoft stores across the country.
Opinion: Sling TV is a great service, starting at only $20 a month, but I am starting to wonder if it will be put down by Apple’s possible upcoming internet TV services. I see Sling TV going far, though, as it is reaching partnering with other companies, while Apple’s services will likely stay exclusive.