Apple TV Plus, with shows from Spielberg, Oprah and J.J. Abrams, is coming this fall
The tech giant teams up with Hollywood luminaries to create a raft of original shows.
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It will be ad-free, on-demand and available both streaming online and downloadable. Pricing will be announced this fall.
Apple TV Plus is the company's way of jumping into the streaming-video game, where Netflix,
and others have already established themselves and brought in millions of cord-cutter customers fleeing cable subscriptions. The new service also works as a way for Apple to grow its thriving services business, helping it continue to grow despite lagging
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Steven Spielberg led off with his Amazing Stories series. He was followed by Jenifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell talking about The Morning Show, which will delve into relationships between men and women in the workplace. Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard talked about their new drama, called See. The series takes place in a future when the human race has lost its sense of sight.
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Kumail Nanjiani introduced his show, called Little America, which he described as "human stories that feature immigrants." Sara Bareilles and J.J. Abrams introduced the romantic comedy Little Voice, and Big Bird helped show off the new kids show Helpsters.
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Oprah Winfrey was the last star to take the stage. She told the crowd she's partnering with Apple on two documentaries.
Celebrities show off their new series on Apple TV Plus
Apple TV Plus was announced along with Apple TV Channels, another new service in the Apple TV app that will let people watch streaming shows, movies and sports in one place without having to use additional apps or accounts. Apple TV Channels and the new Apple TV app will be coming in May.