Yeah, it was a really really strange choice to call their streaming service AppleTV+ (IMO). Especially because the app is called (IIRC) AppleTV. And so is the hardware. So I think it is really really common (as we've already seen here!) for people to think that you have AppleTV (the hardware) to have the streaming service.
It would be like if they never had Apple Music or iTunes, and announced that they had a new music service .... iPhone+.
Given that there is a significant number of people that just don't like Apple (walled garden, hate fruit, whatever), but might want to watch the cool shows, it seems like a strange decision.
Then again, who am I to speak? It's not like I'm running the most profitable company in the world. ....yet.
The only thing on Hulu for me really is season 3 of Fargo, Archer, and maybe Mr. Inbetween. I could probably get caught up during a free trial. The trek stuff though might have enough content on paramount+ to need a month or two. Thats all moot tho NFL football is about to launch a new season so I wont be watching much of anything else.
As a side point here (only defending myself a little bit ) AppleTV has not made any universally available app for Android or Windows. They have only released device specific support. They've done a good job expanding the list in the last few months, but they started with just Apple, Roku, and Amazon Fire. I still can't access it on my phone, and can only use on it on my computer via a browser interface. The "walled garden" is a bigger garden, but it's still got walls.
That being said, HBO was one of the original "walled garden" companies as a premium cable channel, and they have some of the most watched TV series ever. So there's no reason to think this will stop them from being successful. What are the odds we'll see hotels advertising "Free AppleTV+" the way you used to see "Free HBO" on signs?
I've never heard of Apple TV, but since it has Apple in the name I don't want it.
I have heard about Foundation and had friends praising it a lot, but it always sounded like the most uninteresting sci-fi series I've ever heard of. (Though I couldn't tell you the difference between Foundation and Inheritance.)
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A bit of background; there was a time that Isaac Asimov's Foundation was so big, so absolutely huge, so really impressive, that ... in 1966, when they gave out a Hugo Award for the best series of all time, Foundation edged out Lord of the Rings.
And now it's coming to AppleTV+.
So I have two thoughts about this (and no, I haven't read the series since ... um ... yeah, I'm not going to say because then I will feel really really old)-
Thought the first-
The original series hasn't aged well. I remember it, and while it was pretty darn good for the time (I was young, it was a long time ago), I never thought that this was the type of awesome series that needed to be put to screen.
Also, while Asimov was a giant back then, his writing while prolific, wasn't ... good.
Finally, there's that ... other thing ... with Asimov.
Thought the second-
AppleTV+ has gone from being a poorly-populated wasteland and joke to ... good? Not great. It doesn't have enough content to be great. But it's kind of like early HBO- it doesn't have much, but what it does have is pretty good. Ted Lasso, Dickinson, Mythic Quest and For All Mankind (to name four programs) are genuinely good to great and would be coveted by any other streamer. IMO. Apple has the budget and the werewithal to make good shows. But then again, budget and desire ain't everything (The Morning Show!).
Also? Lee Pace was awesome in Halt & Catch Fire!!!!!
So what do you think? I put in a poll, and feel free to write in the comments. I mean, I'm feeling mixed on this myself. Is this 30 years too late, or is this a perfect idea for now?
PS- I also found this:
In pitching the series to Apple, David S. Goyer (Man Of Steel, Blade, The Dark Knight) condensed the elaborate story into one sentence: “It’s a 1,000-year chess game between Hari Seldon and the Empire, and all the characters in between are the pawns, but some of the pawns over the course of this saga end up becoming kings and queens.” His vision for the series spans a potential 80-hour story spread across 8 seasons. source