Apple TV Plus has arrived and it’s been met with a mixed reaction so far, although more for the shows than the technology. We’ll be adding our opinion of the service in the near future, but for now here’s all you need to know.
Apple TV Plus is the Cupertino giant’s first go at a video streaming service, vying against the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV in the UK market.
- What is it? – An on-demand video streaming service
- What devices is it available on? – Apple iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod; AirPlay 2; LG, Roku and Samsung TVs; Fire TV
- How much does it cost? – £4.99/month after trial elapses
Related: Apple TV Plus review
Apple Music Deal
University students can enjoy a three month free trial on Apple Music, thereafter paying a discounted rate of £4.99 a month to stream over 60 million tracks. Students also benefit for a free year subscription to Apple TV Plus.
Apple TV Plus price
Apple TV plus costs £4.99 a month after the seven day free trial has elapsed.
It undercuts Netflix, Amazon and Disney Plus, but whether it’s worth saving a few pounds comes down to what you’re looking to watch, with each site having lots of exclusive content.
To sweeten the deal, Apple is offering a year of free Apple TV Plus for anyone who purchases a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod Touch from September 10, 2019.
If you want to take advantage of this deal, you’ll have three months from Apple TV Plus’ launch date to claim a free subscription. Or you can purchase the device after the launch, in which case you have three months from the device’s activation date.
The TV app delivers both ad-free and on-demand content, by hosting or bundling subscription-based channels from other providers such as HBO.
Apple TV Plus – how to watch
Apple TV Plus can be found within the Apple TV app, which is now available on all compatible Apple devices. Just download the app if you need to, then launch, and you can start watching.
Shows can be viewed online or offline. There isn’t a download limit and you can have six simultaneous streams. There’s no limit on how many times you can watch content once downloaded either.
We’ve created a full guide on How to watch Apple TV shows. Anything you watch will be available across Apple devices, so you can resume playback across iPhone and iPads as well as the Apple TV 4K box and of course Macs.
The Apple TV app is available on select Samsung QLED TVs, as well as a few Amazon Fire TV devices, Roku TV devices. LG TVs now support the app, and it’s expected to come to Sony and VIZIO TVs in the near future.
If you don’t have a Samsung or LG TV, Sony smart TVs also have AirPlay 2 capabilities, so content from iPhones or iPads can be streamed directly to your smart TV.
Apple TV Plus series & movies
Apple has a lengthy list of original shows in the works with well-known stars, but what can you watch now? We’ve enjoyed aspects of the first batch of shows, but despite Apple’s confidence going into the service’s launch, there hasn’t been anything that’s knocked our socks off yet.
Here are the series and movies Apple TV+ has launched, and a few more that are coming to the service in 2020.
- For All Mankind
- Amazing Stories
- The Banker
- The Elephant Queen
- Truth Be Told
- Little America
- The Morning Show
- Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
- Visible: Out on Television
- Oprah’s Book Club