tech

Apple, Netflix pulls out of SXSW due to Coronavirus outbreak

Apple joins Amazon.com Inc, Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc in dropping out of the conference.

In January, the iPhone maker and streaming-video provider said it would debut three new Apple TV+ projects at the festival.
In January, the iPhone maker and streaming-video provider said it would debut three new Apple TV+ projects at the festival. (Reuters)

Apple Inc is dropping out of this month's South by Southwest film and technology festival in Austin, Texas, becoming the latest company to cancel an appearance at the show over coronavirus concerns.

In January, the iPhone maker and streaming-video provider said it would debut three new Apple TV+ projects at the festival, including a Spike Jonze documentary about the Beastie Boys, an original series called "Central Park" by Loren Bouchard, and a series called "Home" from Doug Pray and Matt Weaver.

Apple joins Amazon.com Inc, Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc in dropping out of the conference. But SXSW organizers have said they don't plan to cancel the show.

ALSO READ: Facebook, Twitter pull out of SXSW due to coronavirus fears

Apple may have to make another decision soon. The company typically holds a wide-ranging conference for software developers in June, and hasn't said yet if it's changing plans for that event.

Netflix also joined the growing list of tech companies opting not to participate SXSW.

Netflix has cancelled five film screenings including feature film 'Uncorked,' and four documentaries: 'A Secret Love,' 'L.A. Originals,' 'Mucho Mucho Amor,' 'Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics,' and a panel for #BlackExcellence.

Additionally, Amazon Studios confirmed its decision to withdraw from SXSW, axing its screenings of 'Upload' and 'Tales of the Loop,' which had included Q&As with the cast and crew.