All original episodes and full reboot of Fraggle Rock coming to Apple TV+
What you need to know
- Apple has purchased the streaming rights for the entire "Fraggle Rock" series.
- It has also ordered new, full-length episodes of the show.
- This is the first time non-original content will stream on Apple TV+.
The "Fraggle Rock: Rock On!" short-form series doesn't seem to be the end of Apple's relationship with the Jim Henson classic.
According to a new report from Vulture, Apple has signed a deal with the Jim Henson Company to not only produce new, full-length episodes of the series but has also purchased the streaming rights of all of its original episodes. All 96 episodes of the original "Fraggle Rock" series will be available to Apple TV+ subscribers on May 27th.
This marks the first time that Apple will host non-original content on its streaming platform. While an earlier report from Bloomberg said that the company was moving away from its original strategy of original content to more of a Netflix approach, an Apple source says that is not the case. According to the source, the company has simply decided that if it is going to create new episodes of a series that it should also host episodes that had existed beforehand.
The source reiterates that Apple only plans to purchase existing content if it is related to a project they are currently working on for their service.
For the foreseeable future, Apple's plan is to create new content for its platform. If that content happens to have a history, that may come along for the ride as well.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.