Apple TV Plus is here and if you’re interested in what the service has to offer, we’ve got all the details on the content as well as our own opinion on the streaming service.
Apple TV Plus is the tech giant’s first attempt at a video streaming service in what’s become a competitive field with the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus and Now TV all vying for attention.
- What is it? – An on-demand video streaming service
- What devices does it support? – iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod; AirPlay 2; LG, Roku and Samsung TVs; Amazon Fire TV
- How much does it cost? – £4.99/month
Related: Apple TV Plus review
Apple TV Plus price
Apple TV plus costs £4.99 a month after the seven day free trial has elapsed.
That’s cheaper than Netflix, Amazon and Disney Plus. Whether it’s worth saving a few pounds comes down to what you want to watch, as Apple has stocked up on original and exclusive content that you can’t get anywhere else.
To sweeten the deal, Apple is offering a year free for anyone who purchases a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod Touch from September 10, 2019. Purchases will only three months after device activation to claim the offer. If you’re a university student, you can also get a year’s free alongside a reduced subscription fee for Apple Music.
As TV Plus is a separate section within the TV app, there’s on-demand content not included in the price from the likes of the BBC, HBO, StarzPlay and Amazon, too.
How to watch Apple TV Plus
The Apple TV app is available on LG, Roku and Samsung TVs, while Sony and Vizio TV owners can access it through AirPlay 2. Both Sony and Vizio will be getting the native app later this summer. Head over here to check for specific models from each supported brand.
If you don’t have one of the compatible brands or models, you can access the app by purchasing an Apple TV 4K box or a Roku Streaming device that has 4K HDR support.
Once downloaded (on some TVs the app will be preloaded), you’ll be presented with five different tabs: Watch Now, Library, Store and a Search tab. Watch Now offers curated content of TV series and documentaries and this is also where you’ll find TV Plus content.
Shows can be viewed online or offline and there isn’t a download limit. An Apple TV Plus sub includes access for six other family members thanks to Family Sharing. Other users will need their own Apple ID to get access to it.
For a full, in-depth guide on how to watch Apple TV Plus on any device, check out our ‘How To’ page. Anything you watch is available across all Apple devices, so playback can be resumed across iOS devices, Apple TV 4K box and Mac OS.
Apple TV Plus series & movies
The library of content has steadily grown since its launch. While it may not have a library as encompassing as Netflix or Prime Video, bear in mind that Apple only trades in original content – at least for the time being – it’s expected that older licensed content and sports events are heading to the service the beef up its output.
Here are the major series and movies to keep an eye on for 2020 and 2021.
Beastie Boys Story
For All Mankind
The Morning Show
Truth Be Told
Apple TV Plus − What else can we expect?
- Are You Sleeping?
- Magic Hour
- My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
- Untitled Oprah Winfrey/Prince Harry mental health docuseries
- El Gato Negro
- Fraggle Rock
- Hedy Lamarr
- Lisey’s Story
- Long Way Up
- Masters of the Air
- The Mosquito Coast
- Prehistoric Planet
- The Shrink Next Door
- Slow Horses
- Untitled Brie Larson CIA series
- Untitled Damien Chazelle drama series
- Untitled Simon Kinberg/David Weil sci-fi series
- Boys State
- A Christmas Carol
- Jess Glynne ‘Always In Between’
- Killers of the Flower Moon
- On the Rocks
- The Sky Is Everywhere
- Swan Song
- Untitled Billie Eilish documentary
- Losing Earth
- Mr. Corman
- My Ex-Life
- Time Bandits
How to sign up to Apple TV Plus
For those of you who have an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV box, the Apple TV has popped up on your device. Make sure you’re signed in with your Apple ID. For those new to Apple, you can create one here.
Sign up through the Apple TV app or through tv.apple.com. New users will get a seven-day free trial and once that elapses the cost is £4.99/month.