New York
– Apple (NASD: AAPL) has already sold "hundreds of thousands" of units of its
forthcoming iPad tablet computer via pre-order, The Wall Street Journal
reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

However, The Journal’s
sources say that Apple has "narrowed the device’s scope," including
shelving for now its desire to offer bundled TV subscriptions — due to
resistance from networks.

The company is now reportedly pressuring TV producers
to reduce the price of TV shows from $1.99 or $2.99 to 99 cents.

Networks are
reportedly worried such a price cut could cut into the fees they collect from cable
and satellite TV providers, although The Journal notes its sources believe
Apple may reach deals for 99-cent shows with some providers by the time the
iPad ships.

Some publishers are also experiencing difficulties in repurposing their
magazine content for the iPad, largely due to the device’s lack of support for
Adobe Flash.


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  1. Why would I pay $2.99, $1.99, or 99 cents to watch a TV show that is all ready paid for by ever increasing commercials? Seems as though I would be paying to watch 20 minutes of commercials and 10 minutes of programing. In addition, the Internet has become the worlds largest billboard with advertisements stacked one on top of the other, requiring one to bore through them before you can get down to any content. Many times I just give up and close the browser window in frustration.