Tag Archive for ‘CBS’

How to Stream Super Bowl 50 on Your Apple Devices ➝

Josh Centers, writing for TidBits:

Super Bowl 50 (yes, 50 and not L, because the NFL has switched from Roman to Arabic numerals) will take place 7 February 2016 at 6:30 PM EST. If you want to watch the showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, but don’t have traditional TV service, the good news is that CBS will be streaming the game for free to viewers in the United States.

I don’t watch much football, but if I myself with some free time on Sunday night, I might check in on the game with the CBS Sports app for Apple TV.

Charlie Rose to Tour Jony Ive’s Studio and New Store Design for CBS on Sunday ➝

I really hope they put this up online after it airs.

Apple’s Internet TV Service Said to Be on Hold ➝

Nick Statt, writing for The Verge:

Apple has “pressed the hold button” on its live television service, in the words of CBS president Les Moonves. The broadcasting executive spoke today at Business Insider’s Ignition conference in New York, saying Apple was “looking for a service” but ultimately decided to put it on the back burner. Apple hoped to unveil a streaming TV service next year — if not sooner — but pricing disputes for content deals were to said to have continually pushed it back. Now, Moonves seems to suggests it may no longer be an immediate priority.

I wonder how much longer Apple could wait and still make this service a success. Netflix and YouTube pretty much own the market and for an incredibly large portion of users, they are Internet video. Even with Apple’s resources, it’s going to be one hell of an uphill battle.

CNET Launching Print Magazine ➝

Who’s actually going to buy this? Readers who are interested in technology are also least likely to be interested in print magazines. I wouldn’t even give it two years, if not for the deep pockets of CBS Interactive behind the new publication.

CBS Forbids CNET from Reviewing Aereo ➝

CNET’s disclosure in their news article regarding Aereo’s new Roku app:

CBS, the parent corporation of CNET, is currently in active litigation with Aereo as to the legality of its service. As a result of that conflict of interest, CNET cannot review that service going forward.

This is a serious problem. How can anyone trust CNET’s reviews going forward when they allow CBS to dictate what they can and can’t review. And, how long until CBS starts to influence the positivity of reviews? If a reviewer, even on a subconscious level, isn’t as harsh on a particular product or service because they know CBS would be happier if they did, then readers will start to disappear. Readers want honest reviews from writers not watered down editorials that toe the company line.

iTunes Monthly TV Subscriptions Coming ➝

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been moving forward with their plan to offer monthly television subscriptions through iTunes. Peter Kafka of All Things Digital first wrote about such a service back in November.

The service would give subscribers access to some TV shows from a selection of networks for a monthly fee. The Wall Street Journal is unaware as to whether or not any networks have signed on, but CBS and Disney are said to be interested in the service. Apple could have a hard time convincing other networks to sign on. Some versions of the deal would see Apple paying media companies $2-4 a month per subscriber to larger networks like CBS or ABC and $1-2 a month per subscriber to smaller networks. The Wall Street Journal says that even with those prices (which are often higher than what cable companies pay), News Corp., Viacom, Discovery, and Turner Broadcasting are “opposed to or leaning away from signing on, at least to Apple’s initial proposals.”

Early versions of the offer included access to advertising-free shows from top cable and broadcast networks for $30 a month. This echoes Peter Kafka’s report from November and, in my opinion, is an incredibly reasonable price (assuming users had access to a decent assortment of television shows).

Aside from the above offer there isn’t any indication as to whether or not this service would include advertising. I’m inclined to say that it wouldn’t but I’m not sure if Apple would be able to convince networks to sign on without it.

Previously:
11/7/09:
$30 Per Month for iTunes TV Shows