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How to Sign Up for Apple TV+

Apple on November 1 launched its new streaming television service, which offers up original movies and TV shows for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, plus there's a free year of service for those who have recently purchased an Apple device. You can use Apple TV+ on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and iPod touch in the Apple TV app, or visit tv.apple.com on the web, and all of these devices can also be used to sign up for a new subscription. You can also access Apple TV on the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and some smart TVs from Samsung. To sign up for an Apple TV+ subscription, you're going to need an Apple ID, which you can sign up for right when creating a subscription or on Apple's Apple ID website. Make sure you're signed in to the Apple TV app on all of your devices with your Apple ID. You'll also want to make sure that whatever device you're signing up on is running the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, or macOS, as Apple TV+ requires iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, or macOS Catalina or later to work. How to Sign Up for an Apple TV+ Subscription on the Web Visit tv.apple.com in Safari, Chrome, or Firefox. Sign in with your Apple ID. Click on "Start Your Free Trial." Follow the steps and enter your credit card information if required, then confirm your subscription. Once you've activated your account on the web, you can watch Apple TV+ on any of your Apple devices that are signed in to the same Apple ID account where the subscription is activated. How to Sign Up for an Apple TV+ Subscription on iPhone or iPad Make sure you're signed in

'Apple TV Shows' Articles

Apple Picks Up New Docuseries Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Spike Lee, Oprah and More

Apple has inked a deal for a docuseries called "Dear..." that profiles famous people using an "inventive and cinematic approach" that involves letters written by people whose lives the celebrities have touched, Apple announced today. The 10-episode series, which is set to debut in the spring, will feature Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird, and more. Image Credit: Getty Images, via The Hollywood Reporter The show was inspired by Apple's "Dear Apple" marketing campaign, which saw Apple Watch users read letters sharing how the device has changed their lives. It was created by R.J. Cutler, known for "If I Stay, "The War Room," "American High," and "The September

Meryl Streep to Narrate Animated Short Film About Earth Day for Apple TV+

Acclaimed actress Meryl Streep is set to narrate a forthcoming animated short film about Earth Day for Apple TV+. Getty Images In celebration of Earth Day, which falls on April 22, the 36-minute short will follow a curious seven-year-old who learns about the planet from his parents and visits a mysterious exhibit at the "Museum of Everything," according to Variety. The film is based on The New York Times bestselling book from Jeffers. "Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth" will also feature the voices of Chris O'Dowd, Ruth Negga, and Jacob Tremblay. The short film will debut on Apple TV+ on April

First Season of Critically Acclaimed Show 'Little America' Now Available to Stream on Apple TV+

The entire first season of "Little America," an immigrant anthology series created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, is now available to stream on Apple TV+. The show features eight half hour episodes that each focus on a different story, from a 12-year-old who has to run a Utah motel on his own after his parents are deported back to India, to a Nigerian grad student who becomes a cowboy. Zachary Quinto, known for "Star Trek," stars in the fourth episode, and other cast members include Jearnest Corchado, John Ortiz, Angela Lin, Kai To, Sophia Xu, Shaun Toub, Shila Vosough Ommi, Eshan Inamdar, Priyanka Bose, and Conphidance. Show creators Nanjiani and Gordon are best known for "The Big Sick," and each story in the series they've created is based on a real-life tale pulled from Epic Magazine. Lee Eisenberg, known for his work on "The Office," is writing and executive producing the show alongside Nanjiani and Gordon. Eisenberg this week signed a multi-year content deal with Apple. The series has received largely positive reviews from critics, who have called it the best ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+ show yet. "Little America" has already been renewed for season 2. ‌Apple TV‌+ is available through the ‌Apple TV‌ app on iPhone, iPad, ‌Apple TV‌, Mac, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and select smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, as well as online at tv.apple.com. The streaming service costs $4.99 per month in the United States, with a seven-day free trial

Apple Releasing 'The Banker' in Theaters in March Following Review of Abuse Accusations

Apple plans to release "The Banker," an original Apple TV+ movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, in theaters in March, reports Variety. The movie was originally meant to premiere at the AFI Fest ahead of a December theatrical release, but Apple delayed its debut after "concerns" surrounding the film were brought to the company's attention. Apple's hesitation came after a family member of one of the men represented in the film accused one of the film's executive producers (another family member) of abuse. Apple investigated the issue and has decided to release the movie. Apple's statement to Variety on the matter:We created Apple TV Plus as a home for stories that matter and believe 'The Banker,' inspired by the brave actions of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African American businessmen who brought about positive social change, is one of those stories. We wanted to take the time to understand the situation at hand -- and after reviewing the information available to us, including documentation of the filmmakers' research, we've decided to make this important and enlightening film available to viewers."The Banker" is based on the true story of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, who devised a plan to help African Americans get access to real estate deals and bank loans during the 1960s. Along with Samuel L. Jackson, "The Banker" stars Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long. Following a theatrical debut on March 6, the film will be released on ‌Apple TV‌+ on March

Apple TV+ Content 'Home,' 'Central Park,' and 'Beastie Boys' to Premiere at SXSW Film Festival

Apple today announced that several upcoming Apple TV+ projects are going to debut at the SXSW Film Festival, set to take place from March 13 to March 21. Newly acquired documentary "Beastie Boys Story" will be shown at the festival ahead of its ‌Apple TV‌+ release on April 24, and Apple will also premiere upcoming TV shows "Central Park" and "Home." Created by Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith, both known for popular TV series "Bob's Burgers," "Central Park" is an animated musical series that tells the story of a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park and end up saving the world. The animated show features voice work from Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn. "Home," made by the creators of Netflix series "Chef's Table," is a docuseries that's designed to provide viewers with a never-before-seen look inside the "world's most innovative homes." The episode debuting at SXSW will focus on the home of lawyer and science fiction writer Christopher Brown, with the house being described as a "modern interpretation of Native American pit houses," which are huts that were traditionally constructed with mud and grass. There's no word on when these two shows are going to debut on ‌Apple TV‌+, but a launch could come not too long after their SXSW

Apple and M. Night Shyamalan Sued Over 'Servant' TV Show's Similarity to 2013 Movie 'The Truth About Emanuel'

Apple and M. Night Shyamalan, producer of Apple TV+ show "Servant," are being targeted in a new lawsuit that accuses "Servant" of copying 2013 film "The Truth About Emanuel," according to The Blast. "The Truth About Emanuel" director Francesca Gregorini claims that "Servant" appropriates the plot of her movie and uses the same "cinematic language," resulting in a "substantially similar feeling, mood, and theme." Along with parallel plot points, Gregorini says that Servant also features "strikingly similar--and highly idiosyncratic--characters, scenes, directorial choices, and modes of storytelling." Released in 2013 with Kaya Scoddelario and Jessica Biel, "The Truth About Emanuel" involves a 17-year-old babysitter who looks after a baby that turns out to be a doll replacing a baby that has died, which is indeed similar to the plot of "Servant." The lawsuit targets ‌Apple TV‌+, show creator Tony Basgallop, producer M. Night Shyamalan, and other producers on the series. Shyamalan and the other show creators say that "Servant" was in development prior to the release of "The Truth About Emanuel.""Defendants have arrogantly dismissed Ms. Gregorini's protests by vaguely claiming that Servant was in development long before Emanuel was made, and that any similarity is a coincidence. Indeed, Mr. Shyamalan and Mr. Basgallop implausibly claim they have never seen Emanuel--apparently not even curious enough to watch after hearing Ms. Gregorini's objections. Worse, Apple has brought stonewalling to a new level by simply referring inquiries to Mr. Shyamalan's lawyer (who

Apple Buys Rights to Beastie Boys Documentary Directed by Spike Jonze

Apple has acquired the rights to "Beastie Boys Story" a documentary about the band directed by Spike Jonze and penned by Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, reports Deadline. Under the terms of the deal, the film will be available in IMAX theaters in a limited release on April 3 before launching on Apple TV+ on April 24. Image Credit: Ilpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock The release of the documentary comes ahead of the 26th anniversary of the release of "Ill Communication," the band's fourth album. Spike Jonze originally directed the music video for the hit song "Sabotage." "Beastie Boys Story" is described as a live documentary experience that focuses on the history and the legacy of the group and its personal story. It's based on the "Beastie Boys Book," published in October 2018, and will feature Horovitz and Diamond discussing their long running friendship and rise to

Apple Inks Content Creation Deal With Lee Eisenberg, Co-Creator of Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Little America'

Apple has signed a multi-year content deal with Lee Eisenberg, the co-creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner of Apple TV+ series "Little America," reports Variety. Eisenberg will be launching a new production company, Piece of Work Entertainment, and he will create digital media projects exclusively for ‌Apple TV‌+. Image credit: Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Eisenberg is one of several film industry creators that have inked deals with Apple. Apple has content deals with Alfonso Cuaron, Jon Chu, Justin Lin, Jason Katims, and more. Along with "Little America," Eisenberg is known for his work on "The Office," where he served as a writer and co-executive producer. He has also worked on screenplays that include "Year One" and "Bad Teacher." "Little America," Eisenberg's first ‌Apple TV‌+ show, is set to debut this Friday on January 17. "Little America" is an anthology series that highlights the stories of immigrants, and it was produced by Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, and Emily V. Gordon, among others. The series has received largely positive reviews from critics, who have called it the best ‌Apple TV‌+ show yet. "Little America" has already been renewed for season

Apple to Show Off Apple TV+ Show 'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet' at PAX South

The PAX South gaming convention is set to take place this Friday in San Antonio, Texas, and Apple is listed as one of the exhibitors. At the event, Apple will have a booth for "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet," an upcoming Apple TV+ comedy that follows a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular online game. "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" was created by Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, known for their work on long running TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." McElhenney will star in the show as the gaming company's creative director, but Day does not have a role. "Mythic Quest" also stars F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis. This will mark Apple's first time at PAX South, and some of the show's stars could potentially be in attendance at the event. "Mythic Quest" is set to launch on Friday, February 7, while PAX South will take place from January 17 to January 19. Thanks, Aaron!

Dave Bautista Joins Apple TV+ Show 'See' for Second Season

Dave Bautista, known for his role as Drax in "Guardians of the Galaxy," has signed on to star in the second season of Apple TV+ series "See," reports Deadline. Bautista will star alongside Alfre Woodard and Jason Momoa, who were in the first series of the show. "See," for those who haven't watched, is a sci-fi series that takes place in the future. Image credit: Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock Everyone has gone blind because of a deadly virus, but the children of Baba Voss (Momoa) have the now-mythic gift of sight and must be protected. Along with his role in multiple "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Avengers" movies, Bautista is also known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation in the early 2000s. He has also been in movies that include "Riddick" and "Blade Runner 2049," but "See" will be his first major television role. Apple renewed several of its TV shows for second seasons in November, including "See," "For All Mankind," "Dickinson," and "The Morning Show." There's no word yet on when the second season of "See" will

'The Morning Show' Actor Billy Crudup Wins 2020 Critics' Choice Award

Billy Crudup has won a 2020 Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance as Cory Ellison in the Apple TV+ series "The Morning Show." The full list of winners is available here. This represents the first major award won by Apple TV+. "The Morning Show" was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series last month, while stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series, but competitors won in both categories. "The Morning Show" was widely panned by critics upon the launch of Apple TV+, but they were only provided with the first three episodes to watch. The series has a strong audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and as more episodes came out in the series, some critics began to view the show more favorably

Apple TV+ and Oprah Drop Documentary on Sexual Misconduct in the Music Industry Over Creative Differences

A documentary focusing on sexual misconduct in the music industry will no longer air on Apple TV+, as Oprah, who brought the project to the streaming TV service, has stepped away from it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah today said that she will no longer be an executive producer on the project and it will not be offered on ‌Apple TV‌+. Oprah believes there's more work to be done on the film and that it's not ready to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival that the filmmakers want to debut it at. From a statement Oprah gave to The Hollywood Reporter:I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it will not air on ‌Apple TV‌+. First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are talented filmmakers. I have great respect for their mission but given the filmmakers' desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it's best to step aside. I will be working with Time's Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.News of Oprah and Apple's interest in the documentary came in early December after Oprah signed on to executive produce the film. The documentary explores alleged sexual misconduct

Apple TV+ 'Mythic Quest' Star Rob McElhenney Calls Apple 'Really Helpful' in Creative Process

Apple TV+ series "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" is set to launch on February 7, and star and creator Rob McElhenney has shared some insights into working with Apple ahead of the show's debut. In an interview with Variety, McElhenney said that Apple was "really helpful" in the creative process. He said that Apple would push back on aspects of the show that it felt strongly about, but ultimately deferred to McElhenney and his team. Pushback, he said, is an essential part of the creative process as working with no challenges is "never a good thing.""Deference would assume we always know what we're doing and when we walk into the room everyone should just be quiet," he says. "That is dangerous because then you have no opposition, and it doesn't make for the best process."Prior to the launch of ‌Apple TV‌+, there were rumors that Apple was not allowing more mature content and attempting to keep the service family friendly, but that has turned out to be inaccurate. Multiple ‌Apple TV‌+ shows feature violence, adult themes, and adult language, much like other streaming services on the market, though there are some shows tailored specifically towards children such as "Helpsters" and "Ghostwriter." Prior information has suggested that Apple has been rather involved in some of the TV shows on ‌Apple TV‌+, and there were reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives were "intrusive," making Apple "difficult" to deal with, but McElhenney doesn't appear to have felt Apple's involvement was over the top. On the topic of ‌Apple TV‌+ reviews, McElhenney said that

Apple Shares Trailer for Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet'

Apple today shared the first official trailer for upcoming Apple TV+ series "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet," which is set to debut on Friday, February 7. "Mythic Quest," a comedy, follows a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. The series was created by Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, known for their work on long running TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." McElhenney will star in the show as the company's creative director, but Day will not have a role. "Mythic Quest" also stars F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis. Apple has ordered nine half-hour episodes, and when "Mythic Quest" debuts, it will be one of the first comedy shows on the ‌Apple TV‌+ service, joining existing shows that include "Dickinson," "For All Mankind," "See," "Servant," and "The Morning

Patricia Arquette Joins Upcoming Apple TV+ Thriller 'Severance'

Patricia Arquette will take on a starring role in upcoming Apple thriller series "Severance," reports Variety. Arquette will star alongside Adam Scott, who has taken on the lead role in the series. "Severance" has been described as a workplace thriller set at a company called Lumen Industries that's aiming to take work-life balance to a new level. Scott will play Mark, an employee with a dark past, while Arquette will play Mark's boss. Image via Patricia Arquette on Instagram "Severance" is being directed and produced by Ben Stiller, and was created by Dan Erickson. It comes from Endeavor Content, a company also producing current Apple TV+ shows "See" and "Truth Be Told." There's no launch date for "Severance" at this time, but Apple gave a straight-to-series order for 10 episodes in late

Apple in Talks With MGM and Pac-12 Over Content Deals for Apple TV+

Apple is working to bolster its Apple TV+ offerings and has been exploring deals for MGM Holdings content and college sports rights, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple executives met with MGM representatives and the Pac-12 Conference this year for preliminary talks that have "yet to reach an advanced stage." Inking a Pac-12 deal would give Apple its first live sports content, allowing the company to better compete with other streaming video services. MGM, meanwhile, has a huge catalog of content, though it's not known if a deal with Apple would focus on new, original content or would include existing content offerings. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple's meeting with MGM and Pac-12 suggest that Apple is open to major content deals to improve its ‌Apple TV‌+ service, which means that in the future, third-party content could be added to ‌Apple TV‌+ alongside Apple's own original content. At the current time, ‌Apple TV‌+ features just a handful of Apple's original TV shows, such as "The Morning Show," "For All Mankind," "Servant," and "See." Some of the shows have received praise and have been nominated for awards, but Apple's content offerings cannot compete with the large catalogs available on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. Apple is charging $4.99 per month for ‌Apple TV‌+, and while many subscribers have a free year after purchasing an Apple device, Apple will need to make ‌Apple TV‌+ worth the subscription fee in the future. It's not clear if consumers will want to pay a $4.99 per month fee for limited

Apple Shares Trailer for Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Little America'

Apple today shared the first trailer for "Little America," an immigrant anthology series created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Set to launch on Friday, January 17, 2020, the show will feature eight half hour episodes that each focus on a different story, from a 12-year-old who has to run a Utah motel on his own after his parents are deported back to India to a Nigerian grad student who becomes a cowboy. Nanjiani and Gordon are best known for "The Big Sick," and each story in the series they've created is based on a real life tale pulled from Epic Magazine. Lee Eisenberg, known for his work on "The Office," is writing and executive producing the show alongside Nanjiani and Gordon. "Master of None" co-creator Alan Yang is also an executive producer. Zachary Quinto, known for "Star Trek," will star in the fourth episode, and other cast members will include Jearnest Corchado, John Ortiz, Angela Lin, Kai To, Sophia Xu, Shaun Toub, Shila Vosough Ommi, Eshan Inamdar, Priyanka Bose, and Conphidance. Though not launching until January, "Little America" has already been renewed for a second season. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Apple TV+ Comedy Series 'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet' Debuting February 7

Upcoming Apple TV+ comedy "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" is set to debut on Friday. February 7, Apple announced today. "Mythic Quest" was created by Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, known for their work on long running series "Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Day won't star in the show, but McElhenney will. The series is a live-action comedy that will feature nine half-hour episodes, all of which will be available on the February 7 launch date. "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" will follow a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. McElhenney will play the role of the company's creative director, while other cast members will include F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis. The new comedy series will be one of the first comedy shows on ‌Apple TV‌+, joining existing shows like "Dickinson," "For All Mankind," "See," "Servant," and "The Morning

Apple Inks Deal for 'Visible: Out on Television' Docuseries

Apple has signed a deal for a new docuseries called "Visible: Out on Television," which is executive produced by Wanda Sykes, reports Variety. The series, created by filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave, features five episodes that look into the "importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television." The hour long episodes will explore themes that include invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of LGBTQ characters, and coming out in the TV industry. It is said to combine archival footage with "key players from the movement," and it is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lena Waithe. Interviews with Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, and more will be included. "Visible: Out on Television" is set to debut on Apple TV+ on February 14, 2020. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Apple TV+ Show 'Little America' Renewed for Second Season Ahead of January Debut

Apple has renewed "Little America," a series created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, for a second season, according to Variety. "Little America," described as an immigrant anthology series, has not yet launched and is set to debut on January 17, 2020, so Apple is renewing it before it debuts. Nanjiani and Gordon are best known for "The Big Sick," and the new series is based on true stories pulled from Epic Magazine. Zachary Quinto, known for "Star Trek," will star in the fourth episode, and other cast members will include Jearnest Corchado, John Ortiz, Angela Lin, Kai To, Sophia Xu, Shaun Toub, Shila Vosough Ommi, Eshan Inamdar, Priyanka Bose, and Conphidance. Each episode will be a half hour in length, and there will be eight episodes in the first season. Variety has a rundown of each episode that's coming:The Manager - At 12 years old, Kabir must learn to run a Utah motel on his own when his parents are deported back to India. The Jaguar - Marisol, an undocumented teenager from Mexico, navigates the rarefied world of competitive squash with the help of her coach who inspires her to dream big -- on and off the court. The Cowboy - Iwegbuna, an economic grad student from a small village in Nigeria, struggles to adjust to life in Oklahoma ,but he gains confidence and a connection to home by becoming a part of a culture he admired most as a child: cowboys. The Silence - Sylviane's ten-day silent meditation retreat takes an unexpected turn when she develops feelings for a man with whom she's shared everything but words. The Son - When Rafiq