Samsung Smart TVs Will Soon Air Apple iTunes Movies, TV Shows

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iTunes shows on Samsung TV has now become a reality as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. signed deal to let Samsung smart TV owners watch content bought on Apple Inc’s iTunes services.

The iTunes shows on Samsung TV deal is part of an ongoing strategy shift for Apple, which is facing weak hardware sales in China and a saturated global smartphone market. It has been learnt that users are hanging on to their old iPhones longer than ever, hammering its biggest business.

As a result, Apple is increasingly leaning on its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage in addition to its music, television and movie content businesses.


The iTunes shows on Samsung TV deal could be a step toward Apple distributing content to devices made by others. Apple makes a device called Apple TV that connects to a full television set but has never produced a full set itself.

According to the iTunes shows on Samsung TV deal unveiled on Sunday, Samsung will add an app to its televisions that lets users browse and play their existing iTunes movies and television shows as well as purchase or rent new content.

Samsung also said it would add Apple’s Air Play 2 software that will allow iPhone owners to stream content from their device to Samsung televisions.

Many existing deals between content companies and smart television makers involve the content companies paying television makers for the right to appear on their devices. Apple and Samsung both declined to comment on whether Apple is paying any fees or a percentage of sales made on the televisions under the new deal.

The impact of iTunes landing on Samsung movies will be muted for now. Since late 2017, consumers who purchased movies through iTunes have been able to watch them on any device, including Samsung televisions, that supported the Movies Anywhere consortium.

Films from Warner Bros, Walt Disney, Universal, Sony, and Fox purchased through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu could be viewed on the respective apps and devices and TVs that support the apps.

The iTunes shows on Samsung TV deal is the second time in recent months in which Apple has made a pact with another technology company to land its services on their devices.

In November, it said its Apple Music streaming service would be made available on Amazon’s Echo smart speakers, despite Apple selling its own line of HomePod speakers that compete directly with Echo speakers.

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