In the guide below, we've rounded up everything that we know about Apple's new streaming TV service.
What is Apple TV+?
Apple TV+ is the name of Apple's new television service that will be home to the original TV shows and movies that are funded by Apple. There are dozens in the works, with a list available in our dedicated Apple TV show guide.
Apple is aiming to compete with existing streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, Showtime, and others with its original content and has brought on huge names ranging from Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to Oprah.
Well-known actors and actresses like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell are involved in Apple's upcoming TV shows.
What's Apple's goal with original content?
Apple says that it wants to make Apple TV+ the home for the "world's most creative storytellers," providing funding and a platform for TV shows, movies, and documentaries with "inspiriting and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters."
Apple wants Apple TV+ to offer the "highest quality" original storytelling available.
Are there ads?
Nope. Apple says that Apple TV+ will be ad-free and available to watch on demand.
What's the price?
Apple announced at its September media event that Apple TV+ yet will be priced at $4.99 per month, with a one-week free trial. It will also support Family Sharing, so up to six members of a family can access content using a single subscription.
Apple will also offer a free one-year subscription to Apple TV+ with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac.
When's it coming?
Apple TV+ will launch on November 1 in over 100 countries.
How do I watch?
Apple TV+ is built into the Apple TV app, which was overhauled earlier in 2019. The Apple TV app will provide access to Apple TV+ content right alongside content from third-party providers, with machine learning and AI techniques used to recommend content that's perfect for you.
Can I download TV shows for offline viewing?
Yes. You can download TV shows and movies for offline viewing.
Can I watch on more than one device?
Yes. Up to six family members can watch on their own individual devices through Family Sharing. Family Sharing requires all Apple ID accounts in the family to use the same credit card for all Apple content, so giving someone access to an Apple TV+ account isn't quite as simple as sharing a Netflix account.
What's the difference between Apple TV+ and Channels?
The revamped TV app also includes "Channels," which will let you subscribe to and watch services like HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin, and MTV Hits, right in the TV app without needing to open a different app. Channels are completely separate from Apple TV+, which can be thought of as Apple's own channel.
Along with Channels and Apple TV+, the Apple TV app makes recommendations and suggestions for shows and movies from iTunes and more than 150 streaming apps and cable services like Canal+, Charter Spectrum, DIRECTV NOW and PlayStation Vue, though content that is not Apple's own and not included in a channel will need to be watched in a third-party app just like the original TV app.
Are Apple TV shows in 4K?
Yes, Apple says that original Apple TV+ content will be available in 4K HDR with support for Dolby Vision. Most titles will also offer Dolby Atmos sound.
Where will Apple TV+ be available?
Apple TV+ will be available in more than 100 countries when it launches in November. Apple TV+ content will not be available outside of the TV app.
What devices will support Apple TV+?
Apple TV+ can be watched through the following sources:
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 or later
- Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD with tvOS 13 or later
- Third-Generation Apple TV with the latest software
- Smart TVs and streaming boxes that support the Apple TV app
- Macs running macOS Catalina or later
- tv.apple.com in a Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browser
How can I sign up for Apple TV+?
Starting on November 1, customers can sign up in the Apple TV app or on tv.apple.com to start their Apple TV+ subscriptions.
How do I get my free year of Apple TV+
Apple is offering all customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV a free year of Apple TV+ access with the purchase.
To access the free subscription, open the TV app on November 1 or later, and the "Enjoy 1 Year Free" offer should be presented immediately after launching the app or in the "Watch Now" section.
Each family can only get one year of free Apple TV+ one time, regardless of the number of devices purchased. You have three months after a device was purchased to claim the free Apple TV+ offer, or three years from when the service launches on November 1, whichever is later.
Apple says any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, or Mac purchased after September 10, 2019 and capable of running the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, or macOS is eligible for the free year of Apple TV+.
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