According to Electronista Apple is in negotiations with major television studios on a new iTunes subscription television service. CBS and Disney are rumored to be considering the proposal, which would make television shows from their networks available via the monthly subscription service.
One estimate indicates that a best of bundle would reportedly cost consumers in the range of $30/month. Sounds a lot like the crappy cable package that Apple is trying to replace. Apple may not offer full channel line-ups, but a sub-selection of shows from each channel.
The television service would be one of the features offered on the rumored Apple tablet. Apple is reportedly offering higher subscriber rates to studios to help persuade them to buy in, with eyes on a possible 2010 roll out. A subscription plan would be a distinct break from Apple’s prior attitude, which has usually insisted on per-item ownership instead of subscriptions. TV may be different as it has long followed a subscription model and would be easier to digest for iTunes visitors than subscription music. [via Electronista]