After months of waiting, Apple's TV streaming service Apple TV + is now live. You can start looking at any platform that offers the Apple TV app, from iPhone to iPad to Apple TV and supporting non-Apple devices, as well as online at tv.apple.com.
Apple TV offers no return catalog of content, instead of focusing on exclusive originals. Apple is launching a library of nine titles, with a few more to be released over the next few weeks. Apple TV + costs $ 4.99 per month, although many users will be able to take advantage of Apple's advertising deal for one year for free …
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Officially, Apple TV + $ 4.99 with a 7-day free trial. However, purchasing a new Apple device (iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV or iPod touch) makes the owner eligible for a free trial. A surprise with today's launch is that you can get Apple TV + on an annual plan for $ 49.99, and get 12 months for the price of 10. You can switch to TV + annual plan in Settings without affecting free try.
A single Apple TV + subscription can be shared between up to six members using Family Sharing. Episodes can be streamed or downloaded for offline viewing.
Apple TV + is available in more than 100 countries with all Apple TV shows and movies subtitled or audio-dialed in almost 40 languages. Audio descriptions will also be provided for eight languages.
To watch Apple TV +, open the TV app on your device. The TV app has been available on iPhone and iPad since iOS 12.3 and came to Mac in macOS Catalina. The TV app is available on third generation, fourth generation and fifth generation Apple TV models. Apple has also brought the TV app to smart TVs and streaming sticks: check the full list here.
Apple TV + launches with 8 TV series and one movie today. Apple has released all ten episodes for the period drama "Dickinson," but the other leading dramas ("The Morning Show," "For All Mankind" and "See") have dropped the first three episodes while the rest of the season releases on a weekly basis. This means that new episodes come out every Friday. Take a look at the update of all Apple TV + apps that are launching now and coming soon to get an inside look at the content roadmap.
Apple's launch programs received a very mixed response from TV critics, so it will be interesting to see how they are received now that they are available to everyone.
Still, Apple is about to steam ahead with its original content plans. It has committed to adding at least one new show or movie each month. It may not have a massive directory like Disney + or Netflix, but Apple is in the process of producing high quality production, celebrity stars and wide distribution to make its mark.
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