reply to OwlSaver
Re: Content Creators will Follow the Money Apple has enough spare change in its savings account that the bank probably had to get programmers to widen the "account balance" field in all its software to handle going from 99 billion to 100 billion.
If Apple wanted to commission the next "Lost" or a new Star Trek series, it could afford to.
If the traditional studios would't want to produce a series paid for by Apple, then Apple can afford to build its own studios and lure the good producers, directors etc away from the legacy networks.
If you produce original content then the legacy networks can't stop you from offering it on-line all around the world.
What is not clear to me is what will happen to Steve Job's share of Disney/ABC. He was able to leverage this to ensure Apple got access to Disney content (which pushed other networks to accept also).
But with his shares no longer owned by the same people who drive Apple, it isn't clear that Apple can leverage that block of shares to its advantage.