Apple TV Plus is the gadget giant’s subscription video streaming service featuring Apple’s original TV shows and movies. It costs $5 a month, but many people can unlock it free for as long as a year. On Friday, Apple TV Plus released a new series based on a character originally created for an NBC Sports commercial campaign for Premier League Soccer. The new series Ted Lasso stars Jason Sudeikis as Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer. For more like this Subscribe to the Apple Report newsletter, receive notifications and see related stories on CNET. With a reported budget of $6 billion to rope in some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Apple TV Plus was the first to the battle lines in the so-called “streaming wars,” a seven-month window of media giants and tech titans releasing a raft of new streaming services to take on Netflix. These battles — pitting rookies like Apple TV Plus, HBO Max, Disney Plus and NBCUniversal’s Peacock against heavyweights like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — have spurred huge corporations to pour billions of dollars into the hope of shaping the future of television. Apple CEO Tim… Read full this story
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