Apple has secured two of the most popular premium online video services in the US, HBO GO and WatchESPN, along with a range of services for other markets, suggesting that it may be finally preparing to make an all-out effort to conquer the TV market.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said: “HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV. We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store.”
Other streaming services signed up by Apple include: Sky News for device owners in the US, UK and Ireland; Crunchyroll, a leading global video service for Japanese Anime and Asian media, which will allow subscribers worldwide to watch the latest HD shows one hour after they air in Japan; and Qello, a leading on-demand streaming service for HD concerts and music documentaries which offers free or paid subscriptions to music fans worldwide.
The fruity firm has not commented on any plans to sign up more premium services like HBO GO, but by signing up what is seen by many as the best streaming service in the US, this news suggests that more are on the way.