Apple TV+ is the latest à la carte premium streaming service to enter the highly competitive TV landscape – which will also include Disney+ in a few weeks and HBO Max this coming May. Apple TV Plus launches Friday, November 1, and has a relatively low price point, at $4.99 per month. Here's a quick breakdown of how you can (or can't) get Apple TV+ on your various devices and PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Switch:
Apple TV+ Shows and Features
At launch, Apple TV+ doesn't have a huge back catalog of content like many of its competitors, but the company is spending an estimated $6 billion on original content and will open its doors with a handful of new shows like For All Mankind (review here), See (review here), Dickinson (review here), and The Morning Show (review here). $6 billion is on par with what Amazon spends per year, but a far cry from Netflix's $15 billion.Future shows will include M. Night Shyamalan's Servant (dropping on Thanksgiving), a reboot of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, Truth Be Told (starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul), and a new comedy set at a video game developer from Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day.
Apple is also offering a free year of Apple TV+ to anyone who purchases a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod after September 10. If for some reason you are not seeing the free year of Apple TV+ on your new gizmo, head to Apple's website and sign in with the iCloud account you used to set up the new device with.
Compatible Devices for Apple TV+
Here's a breakdown of which devices will and won't work to get you started streaming with Apple+.
- For those using Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browsers, Apple TV+ is available for streaming at Apple's website.
Set-Top Streaming Devices
The Apple TV app, which will carry Apple TV+ for subscribers, is available through TV streaming boxes for those without an antenna or cable subscription, including:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Smart TVs from Samsung, Roku, LG, Vizio, and Sony
iOS and Android Devices
You can easily catch Apple TV+ through the Apple TV app on the iPhone and other iOS devices. There’s currently no Apple TV app for Android phones or tablets. Of course, subscribers can still stream through the Apple TV+ website.
Gaming Console Support
At launch, Apple TV+ only exists within the Apple TV app, which is exclusive to Apple devices. That means at this time, there is no Apple TV app for PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch.Apple TV+ is available in over 100 countries – including Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
An individual Apple TV+ membership allows for up to six simultaneous streams.
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