Apple Hits Pause On Live TV Service

Cupertino, we have a problem:

Apple Inc. has suspended plans to offer a live Internet-based television service and is instead focusing on being a platform for media companies to sell directly to customers through its App Store, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

While Apple isn’t giving up entirely on releasing a live-TV service, its plan to sell a package of 14 or so channels for $30 to $40 a month has run into resistance from media companies that want more money for their programming, said the person, who asked not to be named discussing a prospective product.

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves said at a conference earlier Tuesday that Apple had put its live TV plans “on hold.”

Apple Said to Suspend Effort to Develop Live TV Service | Bloomberg

This is...unfortunate, not just for my needs, but for the device's near-term relevance when measured against competing devices (and their considerably lower prices).