Apple Inc. (AAPL Stock Report) is growingly shifting its dependence on other categories of products as iPhone sales continue the decline. The biggest bets for the company involve services and at the beginning of the year, they introduced four new services that are Apple News+, The Apple Card, Apple Arcade and the Apple TV+.
Apple TV plus to debut in November
One of the services Apple TV+ subscription is expected to be launched in two months and it is seen as a competitor to streaming platform Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX). For over two years Apple has been planning its entry into the TV subscription space. Early reports indicated that the company was planning to commit over $1 billion on programming to realize the venture.
The company plans to introduce a small collection of shows before expanding its catalog in months to follow. Sources familiar with the matter indicated that there is a possibility a free trial as the company continues to build its library. Apple will employ a different video subscription strategy for its shows with plans of offering the first three episodes of shows then followed by weekly installments.
Tech Stocks That Could Benefit From The Boom In New Streaming Stocks
The “Netflix and Chill” or now “Apple And Chill?” mentality of the new generation of viewers may have created an opportunity for certain niche sectors. One of these niche’s is on-demand delivery stocks. Amazon and Uber have entered the space with a significant focus on timeliness. However, as Uber puts it, UberEats may be the loss leader for the company due to the infrastructure. Furthermore, Amazon may be more insulated due to the sheer size of its core business.
This being said, it’s vital to look at companies that may be smaller, more nimble, and streamlined for potential profitability. In this regard, ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG) has been a company that we’ve discussed numerous times in the past. The company targets on-demand delivery of pretty much anything. But what has set it apart from the UberEats and Postmates of the world is their direct integration of cannabis.
Something that is beginning to set ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG) apart from its immediate competition is its diversification strategy. Not only is the company working with the likes of Amazon, but it is also entering into key verticals that are seeing an increase in rapid demand. Right now, ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG) has built relationships with businesses in both alcohol and cannabis.
We don’t have to go into the deep details of these booming industries, but it is vital to understand that the evolution from brick-and-mortar to on-demand delivery could be setting the stage for a major economic boom.
While consumers are becoming more comfortable with using smartphones and computers to buy groceries, they are also increasingly using the same technology to help them skip trips to the liquor store, according to data from the e-commerce analytics firm, Slice Intelligence. Netflix and Chill just got an upgrade!
Joining the competitive streaming space
Apple joins the growing number of providers offering streaming services such as Netflix, and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN Stock Report), Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS),Comcast Corp.’s (CMCSA Stock Report) NBCUniversal and AT&T Inc. (T Stock Report). These companies are all targeting the growing number of viewers who are watching on mobile devices or canceling cable TV subscriptions.
The company has set aside $6 billion of its budget for the rolling out of TV+ subscription’s shows and movies. Apple is spending more money as it attempts to create more to achieve its goal of $50 billion in service sales by next year. The company is seeking new ways of generating revenue as smartphone sales continue to slow down due to market saturation and weak economies.
Apple has not indicated the pricing of the service but it is expected to be around $9.99 per month. Netflix and Amazon charge $8.99 while Disney+ will charge $6.99 when its service becomes available in November.