Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV Could Be EnormousDate Published: 7-18-2016
Author: Ophir Gottlieb
The Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV is a rarity in that it is an attempt by Apple to go beyond hardware sales and toward a recurring revenue stream which could be an enormous new business.
Apple is now openly marketing Apple TV promotions. Here's a snippet from 24/7 Wall Street: "Apple TV's summer promotions include every episode of "The Simpsons" since that franchise began in the late 1980s, a free 7-day trial of the History Channel and the Lifetime Movie Club (each $3.99 month following the trial period), a free one-week trial to Hulu and free one- month trials Netflix and HBO NOW" (source: 24/7 WALL ST).
But the details are clever and reveal the promise of an enormous recurring revenue model that could actually move the needle for the technology behemoth. Apple Inc senior vice president of internet software and services sat down with The Hollywood Reporter, and what he revealed for Apple was enormous.
CML Pro reported in December that Apple was going to take the Apple TV and turn it into a bundler of channels and apps which would make the hardware look more like a customized cable subscription than a little piece of technology. Eddie Cue reiterated that goal and the timeliness of it. Here's what he said when asked directly about creating the Apple TV skinny cable bundle:
For perhaps the first time in total open clarity, Apple basically announced, via this interview, that it is in fact looking to turn to the enormous cable world as a bundler. But a step back reveals that the move was well planned before this interview.
APPLE TV: THE GRAND PLAN
We have to start when Apple released tvOS 9.2 back in March of this year. Among other things, the operating system introduced support for folders for apps. Here's an image.
While that image looks innocuous, it was in fact the start of an enormous move Apple is going to take to own cable TV and streaming video on demand as we know it.
First, there are there are 133 million households in the United States alone with a cable TV subscription (Source: AYTM). Add on top of that that streaming video on demand (SVOD). Facebook and Snapchat each claim over 10 billion video views a day on their platforms. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and its YouTube has reported more viewers aged 18-49 on mobile alone than any U.S. cable network. Now here comes Apple TV.
That desktop for Apple TV with the new support for folders means that Apple is going to bundle ESPN, HBO Go, Showtime, NBC, MLB, and even Facebook and the NY Times along with whatever other cable networks we love – and it will also combine Netflix and allow access to YouTube.
Not only does this thrust Apple into the enormous world of a recurring revenue model with hundreds of millions of people looking to cut the cord, but in one fell swoop it also relegates Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and every other broadcaster to an app.
Once the content providers are dissected into interchangeable parts to be hand selected by consumers, it's the Apple TV that will be the bundler, the ecosystem, the home for all of it. Here's a beautiful chart that shows the trend in cord cutting, which paves the way for a powerful player like Apple to swoop in and own the enormous new market of bundles.
The great promise of the Apple TV sits in two places: First, Apple has a one billing user install base that are already tied to the Apple ecosystem. Second is the trend to drop the cable subscription and move to a hand selected, personal subscription.
The cable providers don't like it, but the content providers want to keep their businesses afloat, and breaking their channels into apps is now a necessity. What these broadcasters need is to meet the consumers in one place where everything sits together. No one wants 30 apps on their phone or Internet TV lying in separate places with separate bills. And now we see the brilliance and the promise behind the Apple TV.
WHY THIS MATTERS
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Thanks for reading, friends. The author is long Apple shares in his personal account.