A few weeks ago, we saw Facebook dipping their toes in the video streaming water, by offering Warner Bros movie rentals on their page.
Last week, we heard that Google was looking to start offering original webisode content via YouTube.
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Now comes word that Apple may be looking to launch some sort of ‘cloud-based’ video streaming service.
Adweek is reporting that Apple’s new video service is a strong possibility. They cite Apple’s new data center coupled with the rumors that Apple is negotiating with television content providers secretly while the providers are giving cable companies a hard time about their mobile app content.
So, assuming the Adweek report is true, we now have Facebook, Google and Apple working themselves into the TV and Movie streaming business. This doesn’t seem to bode well for Netflix, cable providers or even satellite TV providers. It may be tough for them to compete with the three giants.
One thing that I am sure of is that there will be at least one winner in this impending battle- the viewer.
It may get to the point where we will finally have the ‘à la carte’ video service that so many of us have wished the cable providers would give us for years.
No more paying premium prices for 15 shopping channels and 10 channels in languages that I don’t understand. Hey, one can dream…