Apple TV Plus is the Cupertino tech giant’s first foray into the video streaming market, and this guide will provide all the info you need.
Apple TV Plus is up against the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus and Now TV in the UK. Apple’s approach has been a novel one, investing in original content rather stocking up a library of existing content.
- 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, Sony TVs; Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Edition; Windows PC, Chrome OS; (Xbox Series X and PS5 coming soon)
- How much does it cost? – £4.99/month
Related: Apple TV Plus review
How much does Apple TV Plus cost?
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. To sweeten the deal, Apple offered a year free for anyone who purchases a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod Touch from September 10, 2019 onwards.
Purchases will only three months after device activation to claim the offer. If you were one of the early adopters, your free trial should have been extended to early 2021.
If you’re a university student, you can also get a year’s free alongside a reduced subscription fee for Apple Music.
How to watch Apple TV Plus
The Apple TV app is available on LG, Roku, Samsung and Sony TVs. Vizio TV owners in the US can access it through AirPlay 2. Head over here to check for specific models from each supported brand.
If you don’t have one of the compatible brands or models, the app can be accessed the app by purchasing an Apple TV 4K box, Amazon Fire TV Stick or a Roku streaming player with 4K HDR support.
Once downloaded and signed in, they’ll be five different tabs at the top: ‘Watch Now’, ‘Library’, ‘Store’ and ‘Search’. Watch Now offers curated content of TV series and documentaries. This is also where you’ll find TV Plus content.
Shows can be viewed online or offline and there is no 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.
Anything you watch is available across all Apple devices, so playback can be resumed across iOS devices, Apple TV 4K box and Mac OS.
What series and movies are on Apple TV Plus?
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
Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You
Apple TV Plus − What else is coming?
- 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.