The broadcast networks “are close to having the right to negotiate with Apple on behalf of their affiliates, “ reports our good friend Claire Atkinson in the New York Post.
The story continues, “Those affiliate groups, which include Tribune and Sinclair, are being told by the networks that if they opt in and offer their feeds, they will be able to share in the added revenue the Apple streaming product will produce, sources tell The Post.”
Here’s the background, according to the article: Apple wants to offer live, local TV feeds on a streaming service. However, it didn’t want to have to negotiate with every TV station group in the country. “So Apple CEO Tim Cook’s team asked the networks to obtain those rights — instead of having Apple chase those rights around the country itself.”
The story adds that “Disney or CBS will likely sign the first deal with Apple to get the so-called skinny bundle off the ground — though a host of other hurdles remain, the sources suggest. One of those obstacles could be Apple’s insistence that TV partners give up 30 percent of the subscription fee if users buy it in the App Store.”
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