Monday 20 May 2019

The Big Tech Show: Apple’s big screen adventure (on a little screen)

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Jennifer Aniston speak during an event to announce new Apple products (AP)
Reese Witherspoon, left, and Jennifer Aniston speak during an event to announce new Apple products (AP)
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Why is Apple launching a TV and movie service? And will it be any good?

This week, Adrian and Daragh O’Brien of Castlebridge wonder whether Apple can make it in Hollywood against the likes of Netflix, Disney and HBO.

They also ask what the future is for old-fashioned linear TV broadcasters like RTE and BBC — will they essentially become the channels of sport, news and talent shows?

And the two look at another prominent issue in Ireland this week: broadband. Specifically, will the government’s National Broadband Plan be rolled out? Should it be? How important is broadband, anyway?

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