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Now watch Apple iTunes movies, shows on Samsung smart televisions

The Samsung deal could be a step toward Apple distributing content to devices made by others



Electronics said on Sunday that it would add an app to its smart televisions in the coming months to let owners watch content bought on Apple’s service, a possible first sign is looking to distribute its forthcoming television service on devices made by others.

As a result, is increasingly leaning on its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage in addition to its music, television and movie content businesses.

It has announced several high-profile deals for original television content, including a forthcoming show with Oprah Winfrey, but has not yet said how it plans to distribute that content or when its service will launch.

The deal could be a step toward distributing content to devices made by others. Apple makes a device called Apple TV that connects to a full television set, but has never produced a full set itself.

Under the deal unveiled on Sunday, will add an app to its televisions that lets users browse and play their existing movies and television shows as well as purchase or rent new content. Samsung also said it would add Apple’s AirPlay 2 software that will allow iPhone owners to stream content from their device to

Many existing deals between content companies and smart television makers involve the content companies paying television makers for the right to appear on their devices. Apple and Samsung both declined to comment on whether Apple is paying any fees or a percentage of sales made on the televisions under the new deal.

The impact of landing on will be muted for now. Since late 2017, consumers who purchased movies through iTunes have been able to watch them on any device, including Samsung televisions, that supported the Movies Anywhere consortium.

Films from Warner Bros, Walt Disney, Universal, Sony and Fox purchased through iTunes, Amazon, and could be viewed on the respective apps and devices and TVs that support the apps.

The Samsung deal is the second time in recent months in which Apple has made a pact with another technology company to land its services on their devices. In November, it said its Apple Music streaming service would be made available on Amazon’s Echo smart speakers, despite Apple selling its own line of HomePod speakers that compete directly with Echo speakers.

First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 23:01 IST