If that’s correct, Apple’s local TV effort would be similar to what it did for music labels under the iTunes Store: in part, giving somewhat underserved companies some positive backing and a new delivery method of their content.
This would be especially helpful for local TV stations, which have long needed a plan for incorporating themselves into new digital TV-video platforms.
Apple would still need to negotiate with broadcast network-owned station groups in big markets, along with those station groups not owned by the networks, which have seen consolidation over the last few years.
Right now competing stand-alone TV services aren’t focused heavily in this area, since for many adding in over-the-air TV stations would significantly increase the cost of these packages , defeating the purpose of why they were started in the first place.
Unlike other new stand-alone TV services, such as Sling TV, HBO Now, and CBS All Access -- which have targeted just a slice of a the pay TV marketplace: consumers with limited financial means -- Apple wants Apple TV to be a mass appeal product/service.
Consumers are a savvy lot when it comes to the pricing of pay TV services. But they also pursue singularly unique media brands which brings in distinctive value. Apple will look to work its magic here -- to go the extra mile.