Apple TV Struggling to Win Fans

Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010  |  Updated 3:45 PM PDT
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Apple TV Struggling to Win Fans

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NEW YORK - MARCH 23: Apple's new Apple TV unit and remote control are seen on display in an Apple store March 23, 2007 in New York City. Apple began shipping the Apple TV set-top device March 21, which wirelessly connects computers to televisions and retails for $299. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Apple Inc.'s recent push to let people rent TV shows for 99 cents won't amount to a game changer for how people watch TV.
     
The idea to offer episodes of hit shows for rental a day after their broadcast may be great for people with busy lifestyles, and it could help Apple sell more iPhones and iPads.

But only a few of the major media companies support the plan. Some people familiar with Apple's proposal point out that the companies already make money from TV shows in a number of ways, and compared with those, the planned price of 99 cents is seen as a big cut.
     
Media companies already sell episodes on iTunes, but currently for $1.99 or $2.99, and sometimes more than a day after the broadcast.

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