Last week it was rumored that Apple would soon be offering an iCloud based movie streaming service, similar to Netflix. It would allow you to stream and re-download previously purchased movies to watch on your Apple TV. However, due to various streaming rights not having been negotiated with some of the major fail studios, this is not likely to happen any time soon. This news comes courtesy of CNET.
The site claims that deals with studios such as Warner Bros are quite a way off, according to its sources. In fact, 4 out of the 6 main studios still have not come to an agreement with the Mac makers. The main problem seems to be TV giant HBO. HBO currently has a deal in place with Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. whereby HBO gets an exclusive window to show movies from the Hollywood studios. During this window, no other company can offer downloads or streaming of this content.
So, essentially, the main problem here is HBO. Once agreements can be put in place that please the TV studio, the movie distributors can get their content on to the iCloud. There’s no specifics on timeframe, so we’ll just have to sit tight until we hear more.