Apple (AAPL) TV+ is Free for Subscribers But 9 in 10 Still Aren't Trying It - Bernstein

February 3, 2020 6:27 AM EST
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Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi reiterated a Market Perform rating and $300.00 price target on Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) after an analysis of the company's FY Q1 indicates that ~10% or less of eligible customers (under 10M) have opted to accept the 12-month free trial of Apple TV+.

The analyst stated "We see 3 plausible explanations for this surprisingly low take rate: (1) Apple hasn't been able to effectively promote TV+ - to which we would encourage the company to more directly leverage its 1.5B device installed base; (2) Apple may be conservatively estimating its “take rate” or deliberately scaling its promotions of TV+ slowly to mitigate the negative accounting impact of its early ramp; and / or (3) Apple TV+ is failing to resonate with customers, perhaps due to its limited content offerings, in contrast to the mega-launch of Disney+ (which comparatively achieved 10M subscribers in 1 day, despite offering a two week free trial vs. Apple's one year free trial)".

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Shares of Apple closed at $307.30 yesterday.

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