How to watch Apple TV shows

Apple TV Plus, the much-hyped service from the tech giant has arrived and for those interested in watching the service’s original programming, how do you do so?

The TV Plus service is addition to the existing Apple TV package and will see Apple create its own content while you’ll be able to buy films and tv series from the refreshed TV app.

We’ve created a definite guide detailing how to setup and access Apple TV content.

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How to get Apple TV

First and foremost you’ll need the TV app which you can access via the Apple App store. The TV App is where you’ll be able to watch all the content you own in one place as well as get recommendations on new TV programmes and films. Once you’ve got what you’re looking for, just tap play.

That content will be available across Apple devices, so you can resume playback across iPhone and iPads as well as the Apple TV 4K box and Macs.

The Apple TV app launched on select Samsung QLED TVs earlier this year. It arrived on a few Amazon Fire TV devices, Roku TV devices and is expected to hit LG, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the near future.

How to watch Apple TV

Open the app you’ll see different tabs: Watch Now, Library, Store and a Search tab. Watch Now row offers curated content of different TV series and documentaries.

Scroll down and you’ll see a range of content specific to your territory. For example, users in the UK will see shows from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and My5. Below that is a section for Kids filled with children shows such as Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam.

If you’re a bit too old for that the next row offers new releases to buy or rent. If you have a compatible device you can watch video in 4K HDR (Dolby Vision is supported).

Your purchases and rentals appear in the Library section. Head off to the Store section and the range of content opens to other providers such as Amazon Prime, MUBI and Shudder. The app needs to be installed to stream content from it.

The Search tab is exactly what it sounds. There’s also a list of trending content should you want to find content quicker.

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How much is Apple TV?

The Apple TV app itself is free to download. Apple TV Plus is £4.99/month, though there is a way to get a year free.

To get videos from iTunes you can buy outright and (usually £10 or more for new releases) or renting films (£4.49 or more).

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