Apple TV+ is a new streaming service that costs $4.99 per month and offers subscribers access to original content from the tech giant, which includes exclusive episodes of popular shows like Mr. Robot and Carpool Karaoke. The service is available as part of an Apple TV package but can also be purchased separately. Here’s what you need to know about Apple TV+ so you can decide whether or not it’s right for your family!
What is Apple TV+?
Apple TV+ is Apple’s new streaming service, which will be available on Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, and Mac starting next month. It will have original content from shows like The Crown and American Vandal as well as exclusive content from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company.
The subscription service also has some free stuff that’s worth checking out: Watchlist lets you save up to 400 videos that you want to keep watching; the best of the year section highlights some of the top movies and shows in various genres; there are even channels dedicated just for kids (and parents).
How do I get Apple TV+?
- Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app. If you don’t already have an Apple TV, you can find out how to get one here.
- You can also watch on your phone, tablet, or computer by signing up for a free trial of the service (which lasts seven days). After that time period ends, however, it’ll cost $4.99/month or $49.99/year—plus tax—to keep streaming content through Apple’s platform.
Is there an Apple TV+ app?
The Apple TV+ app is available on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. It’s free to download, and it’s also available in over 100 countries.
You can find the app in the App Store under “TV” or “TV+.”
What does the Apple TV+ lineup look like?
Apple TV+ will have original shows and movies, but it’s not a bundle of other streaming services. You can find Apple TV+ content on the app and website, but you’ll need to buy it directly from Apple or your local Apple store.
In addition to original shows and movies, there are also some familiar names in there: Game of Thrones (which returns for its final season this spring), Rick & Morty (which has already been renewed for season three), The Grand Tour (new season coming soon) and more!
What originals can you watch now with an Apple TV Plus subscription?
You can subscribe to Apple TV Plus and watch all of the original content available on the service. However, it’s important to know that no one has seen any of the original content yet — including new episodes from “Carpool Karaoke,” which will premiere on October 12th.
Apple has said they will be showing new originals every week, but they haven’t announced when they will be available for subscribers outside of their first month free trial period (which ends October 31st).
Apple also said that its lineup of shows and movies would not be available anywhere else in streaming or downloading formats like iTunes or Netflix does with their library services.
How much does Apple TV+ cost?
You can get Apple TV+ for $4.99 per month, or pay $49.99 per year. However, if you’re a student or teacher and want to subscribe to the service for free (in exchange for at least one episode of a series being watched each week), then you’ll have to pay $9.99 monthly instead of the regular price tag of $11-$14 depending on whether your subscription includes an annual fee or not.
Is there a free trial?
There is no free trial. If you want to try out Apple TV+, you’ll have to pay full price for it.
If you’re an existing member of Apple Music or Apple News+, then yes, those subscriptions are included in your new membership as well—so if that’s what appeals to you most about this service (and I think it will), then maybe consider canceling one of those services and sticking with just Apple TV+.
Is there a family plan?
Apple TV+ is a paid subscription service, and there’s no family plan. You can share your subscription with friends or family outside your home, but you’ll need to purchase it individually.
How many people can stream on one subscription?
The number of people who can stream on one subscription is limited. You can stream to up to three different devices at once, but only one person can watch the service on their phone or tablet.
You can also watch Apple TV+ on up to four devices at once if you have an Apple TV, an iPhone, and a Mac computer that’s running Safari 11 or higher (the latest version of Safari available in macOS High Sierra). Or if it’s an iPhone 6s Plus with iOS 11 installed then you’ll be able to use your smartphone as well—and both computers and iPhones will work together!
Can I share my subscription with friends or family outside my home?
- You can share your subscription with up to five people, including those who are in your home and those who are using Apple TV+ on their own devices.
- If you want to share your subscription with someone else who’s on Apple TV+, they’ll need a new account from the app store and then install it on their device. This process is similar to when they first signed up for Apple Music or iTunes Match, except that now there’s a waiting period before they’re able to use the service (which means no one can sign up until after July 16th).
- If someone else wants access but doesn’t have an existing account or devices—for example parents giving kids access while they’re away at college or vacationing abroad—there aren’t any restrictions in place yet regarding whether or not those users will be able to keep using these services outside of their homes once they return home again later this summer!
Will Apple be showing new originals every week, or are they all coming out at once?
The Apple TV+ service will be launching with a small library of original shows, but it’s likely that the company will be adding more content over time. That’s because Apple is still making new shows for their streaming platform—just not as quickly as other services.
For example, Netflix has been releasing at least one new show per month since its first season launched in 2019. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video has released three series since October 2018 and Hulu has also released several new shows throughout this same period.
Does the new service include any older shows or movies from other companies?
If you’re looking for some older shows or movies from other companies, don’t worry. Apple TV+ won’t offer any of that content.
Apple TV+ is a platform for the tech giant to debut its first wave of original content, which includes shows like “Man in the High Castle” and “24: Legacy.” You can pay $14.99 per month (or $5.99 per month if you sign up before Sept. 14) to get access to these shows when they air—but it’s not part of any other streaming bundle or package with platforms like Netflix or Hulu (which have their own libraries).
Is there anything else included with subscriptions?
You won’t find anything else included with your subscription. It’s just the original content, so you’ll have to pay for Apple Music separately, iCloud separately, and any other services or apps/games you want to use.
We’re excited to share this new service with you, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do. We can’t wait to see what shows will be coming down the line, but for now, let’s take a look at some of our favorite titles on Apple TV+ as well.
Odell Erdman is the editor-in-chief of Serene Media, a popular technology news website that covers the latest developments in the tech industry. With a background in computer science and journalism, Odell has a deep understanding of the tech world and a passion for sharing the latest news and insights with his readers.