Apple is ditching Akamai (which the company has used for 15 years for its content delivery system) for its own servers and has “significantly” cut its business with the online infrastructure company, reports Business Insider, which sees this as a sign that Apple is indeed developing its own video streaming service.
Apple is expected to open at least three new data centers over the next two years, which could be used for its own content delivery system (CDS). If the Cupertino, California-based company were to launch a streaming video service the CDS that delivers it would be a major factor in terms of the streaming quality and lag that end-users would experience, notes Business Insider.
Streaming services analyst Dan Rayburn has reported that sources expected Apple to "have a more active role" in content delivery after opening its data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Rayburn has tracked OS X downloads coming directly from Apple, as opposed to through Akamai.
What do we know about Apple's rumored TV service, which I call Apple Web TV? The Wall Street Times says that Apple is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks that will be available on Apple gadgets such as the Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone. The service will reportedly have about 25 channels and cost between US$30 and $40 per month.