Report: Distribution via Apple TV for cartoons, Episode VII production news?

apple tvJedi News has a doozie for us today: There’s an app in development that Disney and Lucasfilm for Apple TV devices… And that venue will be where they distribute the “the final Clone Wars episodes exclusively” – and it’s going to happen in the upcoming holiday season. But that’s not all, their source said:

“Distribution will only be on Apple TV devices capable of running iOS7 and there has been no confirmation if the same app will be available to other iOS devices such as iPad or iPhone.”

Now THAT is where I start to get excited… As much as I’d rather have set information coming in from less restrictive environment… Well, I am an Apple fan. (Please come to iOS. Just the Episode VII stuff.) Plus, Apple announced that they’re adding some Disney content to Apple TV today, so this concept is anything but far-fetched.

And… I have heard independently of this that there is a big multi-media/app project in the works which could fit right in the the same wheelhouse as what we’re hearing here. Certainly there are far, far more details to come if this ends up being true, but I am definitely leaning in the direction of ‘plausible’ here. At least for today.

12 Replies to “Report: Distribution via Apple TV for cartoons, Episode VII production news?”

  1. I really hope that it is not exclusive. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t have Apple devices, let alone Apple TV devices.

  2. I honestly doubt that’ll be the only means of distribution, particularly for TCW stuff. But none of this is actually announced yet, so I wouldn’t start panicking.

  3. This almost reminds me of back when you had to have Quick Time Pro to save the Episode II trailer.

    We have a lot of Apple products including Apple TV, in our home. I hope this is true because I hate my Apple TV. I have used my ROKU every day since I bought it. I haven’t used my Apple TV since The Clone Wars final episode hit iTunes.

    Sorry Dunc, I have to speculate. If this does pan out, I speculate the content might hit there first and then trickle onto as a way of reinvigorating older content. If I remember correctly, older HyperSpace content became available to general visitors at certain points too.

    I kind of like the idea of this, but it does seem to be kind of exclusionary. I appreciate the forward thinking, if the report is accurate.

    1. (I only really hate plot/casting speculation. Stuff like this is fine.)

      But yeah, that’s pretty much what I was thinking.

  4. Honestly, if this is how Disney releases the bonus content, most folks will probably just wait until somebody uploads it onto Youtube or some other site and watch it for free. Disney’s loss.

  5. What about the fans who can’t afford cable/Blu-Rays/DVDs/movie tickets/etc… We could be typing all day if you really want to explore the track of businesses and how they chose to make money.

    Like I said before, I doubt this will be the ONLY venue – just the first venue. And yeah, there will be people who’ll pirate it, just as there’d be people who’d pirate it if they aired it on ABC proper and it was available on iTunes for .99 an episode within the hour.

    We don’t have all the information yet, and what we have may only be a part of what is possibly happening. Please remember that before beginning the hand-wringing.

  6. I sincerely hope this is not the case, it would risk alienating a large percentage of your potential market.

    I am sure common sense will prevail, and this is only half the story for now at least, but it is worrysome none the less !

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