According to the report, Apple has been telling entertainment companies to have content available through the service to be ready for a release in mid-April. The release date is planned within a few weeks of the mid-April launch goal.
A mid-April release is in line with earlier rumors that Apple's streaming service could be released in early 2019. The service is believed to contain Apple's own content, as well as content from other companies such as Apple Inc. HBO and STARZ.
Apple is telling entertainment companies that its streaming video service will be ready to be released mid-April https://t.co/nsGRb5KgZz
– Aaron Tilley (@aatilley) January 29, 2019
Apple is planning to make the service available through its existing TV application, and at least some of Apple's own content will be provided free of charge to Apple users.
While the service is said to be being launched in the United States first, Apple has ambitious plans to expand it to more than 100 countries by 2019.
Apple has more than two dozen original TV shows in progress, many of which have entered the cast and are likely to be filmed if filming has not yet begun. Apple has also signed deals for several movies and brought in known TV producers such as Jason Katims and Justin Lin for exclusive TV shows and movies.
The content ranges from dramas and comedies to children's shows and science fiction. A complete list of the projects that Apple has in progress is available in the original content section of our Apple TV Roundup.