Apple TV Plus to launch in Canada ahead of Disney

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Apple TV Plus has marked November 1 as the Canadian launch date for a selection of celebrity-stacked TV shows, movies and documentaries, this will turn on the heat on Netflix as this service will cost $5.99 per month which is even lower than Disney Plus which is to be priced at $8.99 monthly. Disney is scheduled to launch slightly over a week later on November 12.

Access to Apple TV Plus will be available through its Apple TV app on the company’s iPhone, iPod, Apple TV and iPod Touch devices. It’ll also be watchable on select Samsung smart TVs, with rollouts on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO at later dates, the company said.

While Apple’s arrival beats Disney to the market, it’ll face a considerable challenge against the house of Pixar, Marvel and Disney classics, which has a deep library of family-oriented programming on its side.

Disney also plans to dig into its many valuable franchises for projects that include a “Lady and the Tramp” remake and “The Mandalorian,” a TV series that expands on the Star Wars universe.

There’s also an incentive for Apple customers to buy more products from the company. Anyone who purchases a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac will receive one year of Apple TV Plus for free, the company said.

Other streaming platforms have spent years preparing for the inevitable entry of Apple and Disney into the streaming marketplace.

Netflix inked huge deals with some of Hollywood’s biggest TV producers, including “American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy and “Grey’s Anatomy” scribe Shonda Rhimes, who are now making programs for the company.

And Bell Media’s Crave has an agreement with HBO to carry most of its high-profile new programs, which include the debut of hyped comic book series “The Watchmen,” Helen Mirren in “Catherine the Great” and the return of favourites such as “Westworld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Other big-budget projects are lined up at Amazon Prime Video and CBC Gem, which has acquired the rights to popular international TV series and some of Hulu’s critically acclaimed programs.

With so much entertainment coming, it is likely that fewer Canadians than ever will even want to step out of their homes in the winter. Some may even consider taking early retirement, if they can afford the cost of subscribing to multiple television channels. -CINEWS

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