BEIJING, April 2 (UPI) — Apple said Wednesday it will stop offering “compliant” streaming video services from iPhones and other Apple devices, including Amazon Prime Video sales,media reported Wednesday. Currently, if a user makes an in-app purchase through the Apple App Store, Apple requires a 15 to 30 percent commission on the use of its payment system and transfers the rest to third-party developers.
Many of Apple’s rivals in streaming music and video, including Netflix and Spotify, now require users to sign up with credit cards outside the App Store to avoid paying Apple a commission.
Spotify said Apple’s approach, which makes it harder for iPhone users to sign up for Spotify, would benefit Apple’s own Apple Music and hurt the company’s business. To that end, Spotify filed antitrust charges in the European Union last year. Spotify also raised the issue with the U.S. Department of Justice and the House Judiciary Committee, both of which are investigating Apple’s antitrust.
However, Apple on Wednesday eliminated the practice of pumping out some services. In an emailed statement, Apple said that “for eligible premium video entertainment applications, such as Prime Video, Altice One, and Canal Plus, users can choose to purchase or rent movies or TV using a payment method bundled to an existing video subscription service.” Apple also says these services can provide better functionality by working with Apple’s devices and apps. For example, users can find programs on third-party services through Siri, Apple’s voice assistant.
Apple did not say when the project would begin, what video apps would be eligible, and whether Netflix and Spotify would be included. Apple launched its own streaming video service, Apple TV, last year. (Vikin)