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Nothing like a dubious rumor to close out Friday's news shift, but here goes: If Star Wars fan site JediNews.co.uk is correct, a Star Wars app could be coming to Apple TV as early as this holiday season. Naturally, the news comes from an "unnamed source."
According to JediNews, the anonymous source claimed that "A Disney branded app for Star Wars will launch on Apple TV devices, with plans to distribute the final Clone Wars episodes exclusively digitally only through the Apple TV device for a limited period of time. This will happen in this holiday season. In 2014, plans are in an early stage to use the platform to deliver SW7 production news ‘live’ from the sets, followed with Star Wars Rebels in late 2014 taking us all the way through to SW7 release.”
As JediNews itself points out (while wisely advising caution in accepting the rumor as truth), Apple has a close relationship with Disney that springs from Steve Jobs' position on the Disney board, and Disney's ownership of the franchise could pave the way for such an app. It would also fall in line with the avalanche of new Apple TV apps we've seen over the summer, as Apple seeks new ways to broaden the appeal of the diminutive entertainment device.
All the same, even though there seems to be a lot of Star Wars content out there, the truth is that there's hardly enough to dedicate an entire channel to the franchise. If the rumor has any truth at all, it's possible the Clone Wars app would be released through one of the Disney apps released earlier this month.
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