Apple expected to unveil streaming service this month

Everything we know about Apple’s unexpected March 25 event

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Details about the new service are being held closely under wraps by Apple, although it's believed the service will give iPad and iPhone users access to free original programming, as well as the option of opting into other streaming services like Showtime and Starz.

Finally, a paid-for news and magazine subscription service is also likely to be unveiled, integrated into the Apple News app, but again that may not launch worldwide immediately. In fact, we can think of several good reasons why you'd want to buy an entry-level 9.7-incher (especially at a nice discount), a hot new 11 or 12.9-inch Pro variant, or even a slightly older 10.5 or 12.9-incher.

Apple has long hinted at a planned video service, spending US$2 billion in Hollywood to produce its own content and signing major stars such as Oprah Winfrey.

Apple sent out invitations to reporters and analysts on Monday, inviting them to attend an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on March 25 in Cupertino, Calif.

Apple hasn't confirmed that this is what it'll be about, but that's the word on the street.

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According to a new report, four Apple suppliers are gearing up for mass production of both new products.

The TV service is expected to launch globally, an ambitious move to rival services from Netflix and Amazon.com's Prime Video.

"In the meantime, Apple is desperately working to fill out its content library ahead of launch, going so far as to "[offer] concessions to get deals done by a Friday deadline".

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