CBS will ‘probably’ strike deal with Apple to be a launch partner for streaming TV service

CBS CEO Les Moonves

Perhaps now, more than ever before, people are talking about what Apple might be doing at some point in the future. That will continue to be the case, especially leading up to the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

As such, it’s no surprise that talk about Apple’s rumored TV streaming service continues to pop up here and there. Recently, it was reported that Apple’s service may be delayed because of the deals Apple is trying to strike to include local TV stations in the service. Consider that with what the CEO of Time Warner said recently, practically confirming on his own that Apple’s TV streaming service is coming.

Now, according to a report from Re/code, another notch in the “It’s Coming” category can be filed. At the Code Conference recently, the CEO of CBS, Les Moonves confirmed all on his own that his network will more than likely sign a deal with Apple to become one of the streaming service’s launch entities. During the live interview with the publication’s Kara Swisher, Moonves said that he is “very excited” about the upcoming service.

On top of that, Moonves also confirmed that he has recently met with Apple’s Eddy Cue, and the topic of conversation was focused on the upcoming, and still unofficial, TV streaming service. Unfortunately, Moonves is unaware of when the service will actually see the light of day, but several rumors and reports have suggested it will be this fall.

Apple TV is trying to change the universe,” Moonves said, by offering a smaller bundle of TV networks, delivered over the Web, than pay TV providers traditionally sell. Moonves said Apple’s effort was similar to ones that have already launched from Dish Network’s Sling and Sony’s Vue.

“I think the age of the 200 channel universe is slowly dying,” Moonves said. “The good news for us, is any one of those groups will need CBS,” adding that his network will get a bigger proportion of whatever revenues those “skinny bundles” generate than it does in traditional packages.

As it stands right now, reports have suggested that CBS will be just one of many networks signing up with Apple to launch the service, including FOX, ABC, ESPN and FX, among others.

Are you looking forward to this service?

[via Re/code]