Apr 3, 2017

Apple looking to sell high-end TV package

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Recode reports Apple is looking to sell a bundled TV package that would include three of the most lucrative premium channels: HBO, Showtime and Starz.

Should you buy it? Unclear. The package would offer subscribers the chance to pay for those channels, likely at a reduced cost (at this point the price is TBD), as opposed to having to pay for them separately. Currently Apple sells HBO for $15 monthly, Showtime for $11 monthly and Starz for $9 monthly. The channels are currently available on mobile/desktop or on Apple TV.

Why it matters: While most other big telecom competitors are moving to sell a traditional bundle of numerous channels on their digital pay-TV platforms, Apple has insisted that it won't move in that direction. Instead, they're hoping to upsell consumers who already pay for one or two of those channels standalone through Apple.

Why it might not happen: Recode reports that thus far, none of the premium networks have confirmed that Apple has struck deals with them to bundle their content. And even if they did, it's still unclear what type of licensing fees they would charge Apple, which could or could not make the opportunity worth it for the tech giant.

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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