Apple TV+ is a streaming service from Apple, the company known for products such as the iPhone and Mac. While the starting blocks are slowing, Apple TV+ has established itself as a major competitor in the streaming space thanks to its interesting exclusive content.
We’re going to explain everything you need to know about Apple TV+, including where it’s available, what devices you can watch it on, and how much a subscription costs.
What is Apple TV+?
Apple TV+ is a video streaming service from Apple launched in November 2019. It is a direct competitor to Netflix, Disney+ and Paramount+.
In preparation for launch, Apple spent billions and collaborated with stars like Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston to create a relatively small but impressive array of exclusive content.
Apple hasn’t disclosed how many people are using Apple TV+, though it lags far behind established players like Netflix. It is also way behind Disney+, which launched at the same time and has over 150 million subscribers.
Despite this, Apple continues to put money into the service. There have been multiple seasons of launch shows such as Dickinson and The Morning Show, and the company continues to fund new star-led exclusive content.
Apple TV+ is not the same as the Apple TV set-top box or the TV app. While Apple TV+ can be accessed through both, Apple TV also lets you stream other services, while the TV app is primarily designed for renting and buying movies.
Where is Apple TV+ available?
Apple TV+ is available in more than 100 countries. Apple wants the service to be available worldwide, although at the time of writing some large countries such as Turkey and Romania are excluded.
To find out if Apple TV+ is available in your country, visit the Availability of the Apple Media Services page.
What can you watch on Apple TV+?
Unlike other services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu, which combine original and licensed content, almost everything on Apple TV+ is made specifically for the platform. You can’t watch the exclusive movies or shows elsewhere; it’s one of the best reasons to subscribe to Apple TV+.
While Apple TV+ hosts a handful of third-party content (including the original Fraggle Rock TV series and several Peanuts animated specials), some of which only appear as a “temporary subscriber bonus” for a month or so, this isn’t the point of sale.
Some of the great shows you can watch on Apple TV+ include:
- Dickinson: Starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, this coming-of-age show is a quirky and comedic look at the reclusive poet’s life.
- Snoopy in space: One for the kids, inspired by the Peanuts comic, where Snoopy tries to fulfill his dream of becoming a NASA astronaut.
- Mythical Quest: A comedy at work centered on a group of video game developers, with Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny at the helm.
- The morning show: After a morning news anchor is fired for sexual harassment, his colleagues are left to pick up the pieces.
And some of the original movies and documentaries are:
- Billie Eilish: The world is a bit hazy: A documentary exploring the life and journey of the international pop star.
- Cherry: Starring Spider-Man’s Tom Holland as an ex-army doctor who robs banks to fund his opioid addiction.
- Greyhound: Greyhound, written by and starring Tom Hanks, is a WWII film based on one of the greatest naval battles.
- palmer: After serving a lengthy prison sentence, Justin Timberlake’s high school soccer star cares for an ostracized neighbor until his past haunts him.
All of this is available in 4K HDR/Dolby Vision, most of which supports Dolby Atmos (which gives three-dimensional audio, provided you have a sound system that can handle it).
How much does Apple TV+ cost?
Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month, after a seven-day free trial. It is one of the cheapest major streaming services.
There are other ways to get Apple TV+ for free. For example, it’s free for three months with the purchase of a qualifying Apple device, such as an iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, Apple TV+ comes bundled with Apple One (which bundles Apple services into one package), which starts at $14.95 per month.
With all of these options, you can share your Apple TV+ subscription with up to five family members. You can also stream all at once.
Another option is the Apple Music Student plan, which comes with a free Apple TV+ subscription, although you can’t share the subscription with others. The subscription will remain in effect until you are no longer eligible for the subscription or until you do not renew the subscription (whichever comes first).
Regardless of how you pay for Apple TV+, there are no ad-supported plans. Apple claims that will never change.
Which devices can you watch Apple TV+ on?
You can watch Apple TV+ on many devices, including but not limited to:
- Apple products: Apple TV (4K, HD or 3rd generation), iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac
- Game consoles: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Streaming Devices: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google TV
- Smart TVs: Samsung, LG, VIZIO, Sony
- web browser: Using Firefox and Chrome on Windows, Chrome OS and Android
For full information, visit the Apple TV+ device page. While Apple TV+ is generally well supported, smart TV compatibility is limited as only a few TVs as of 2018 have the app. There is also no Android app.
What other features does Apple TV+ have?
You can download everything on Apple TV+ for offline viewing, which is great if you’re traveling or somewhere with an unreliable internet connection. Content is available for 30 days after download, after which it will be automatically removed. Offline downloads are only available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac.
Other useful Apple TV+ features include parental controls that let you set an age limit (with everything above that unlocked via a passcode) and subtitles in different languages (with customizable appearance).
Should you subscribe to Apple TV+?
Apple TV+ is growing and Apple shows no signs of slowing down its investment in the streaming service. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially as you can’t watch the content anywhere else, although you may want to link it to another streaming service to make sure you have enough to keep you entertained.