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Apple movies may premiere in theaters becoming Apple TV+ availability

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has “made overtures to cinema chains and consulted with an entertainment executive” as it considers following a traditional theatrical release plan that would keep its films in theaters for weeks before availability on Apple TV+, the company’s upcoming streaming service.

The reason? To make its original movies available for Academy Award consideration. To qualify, films require a theatrical run for consideration. 

Apple TV+ is set to debut Nov. 1. It will cost $4.99 per month, but you can get a free year’s subscription with the purchase of a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

Speaking of the streaming service, according to Variety, Apple TV+ and Disney+ may struggle to meet some requirements for European markets. Among them: such service’s catalogs must offer at least 30% European content by the end of 2020. 

Variety says it’s still unclear how that 30% will be assessed — according to number of hours or number of titles — but officials are expected to clarify the issue by the end of this year. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.