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Apple TV+ Has Finally Launched and It Costs Next to Nothing

Apple has finally launched it’s long-awaited subscription-based video streaming service, Apple TV+,  and immediately offered it’s viewers a sizeable amount of fantastic content.

If your fear is how expensive it’ll be considering Apple’s reputation for providing their products and services at ridiculously high prices, then you might be shocked at how affordable this video streaming service is.

To access the Apple TV+ video streaming service, you’ll need to register or sign up for as little as $4.99 monthly.

However, if you have just purchased a new iPad, iPhone, Mac, Apple TV, or iPod touch since the beginning of September 2019, and you are successfully signed in into the Apple ID of any of these devices on the device.

You should see the subscribe button showing that you have automatically received an entire year of free trial service.

The content of Apple TV+ has its hone in the Apple TV app, which is available across Apple TV, macOS, iPadOS, and iOS devices, which is expected to be installed automatically, unless you’re using an older version of these devices or you deleted it from your device.

You will then find shows from the new program in the specific row dedicated to Apple TV+ in the home screen of the app, as well as all around the interface in different places.

Apple is creating dozens of original movies and TV shows with high-profile producers, directors, and actors. The Apple TV+ has officially launched on November 1, 2019.

In the guide share after here, we have rounded up all of the juicy details on Apple’s new Apple TV+ video streaming service.

What exactly is Apple TV+?

With Apple TV still new in the scene, and the very recent launch of ‌Apple TV‌+, things can be somewhat confusing for non-apple user who wants to be in the know.

Apple TV is a product, while Apple TV+  is the name of Apple’s latest television service, which is now home to all the original movies and TV shows that are funded by Apple.

Apple currently aims to compete with already existing video streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, Showtime, and the many others that have flooded the market, with its original shows and movies content and has brought on prominent names ranging from Oprah and Steven Spielberg to J.J. Abrams.

Apple is working to see that ‌Apple TV‌+ only offers the “highest quality” of original storytelling possible.

Are there ads?

Not at all. Apple has said that it’s video streaming service, Apple TV‌+ will be wholly ad-free and made available to viewers on-demand.

What’s the price?

Apple had earlier announced during its September media event that the streaming service would cost viewers $4.99 a month, with a seven days free trial.

They have also made an annual $49.99 subscription available, and that helps you to save a bit of cash over the $4.99 monthly option.

All subscriptions support Family Sharing, which means that up to six members of your family can view any content they want using a single subscription.

Apple is also in the spirit of giving as they offer a free one-year subscription to this service with the purchase of a new iPad, iPhone, ‌Apple TV‌, Mac, or iPod touch. Device purchases after September 10, 2019, qualify for the offer.

When’s it coming?

‌Apple TV‌+ has launched on the first of November, 2019, in more than 100 countries.

How do I watch it?

‌Apple TV‌+ is automatically installed or built into the ‌Apple TV‌ application, which was overhauled in the earlier parts of 2019.

The ‌Apple TV‌ application offers full access to all ‌Apple TV‌+ content together with content from some third-party providers, with AI techniques and machine learning that are used to recommend content that’s are just right for you.

Can I download TV shows for offline viewing?

Yes, you can. You can easily download the featured movies and TV shows for offline viewing.

Can I watch on more than one device?

Yes, your entire family can. As many as six members of your family can stream videos on their own apple devices via Family Sharing. Apple Family Sharing requires all of the Apple ID accounts in the family to make use of a  single credit card for all of the Apple content.

This means that giving someone access to your ‌Apple TV‌+ account isn’t as simple as Netflix has made sharing an account.

What’s the difference between ‌Apple TV‌+ and Channels?

The revamped Apple TV app also features “Channels” which will allow you subscribe and watch other services such as SHOWTIME, Starz, HBO, Noggin, CBS All Access, EPIX, Smithsonian Channel, Tastemade, and MTV Hits, directly in the TV app without any need to open a different app.

Channels are separate from ‌Apple TV‌+, as you can think of it as Apple’s channel.

Together with Apple TV+ and Channels, the ‌Apple TV‌ app automatically makes suggestions and recommendations for movies and shows from iTunes and over 150 streaming apps and cable services such as Charter Spectrum, PlayStation Vue, Canal+, DIRECTV NOW.

However, content that is not for Apple and is not included in a channel will have to be watched via a third-party application just like the original TV application.

Are ‌Apple TV‌ shows in 4K?

Yes, Apple has said that all original ‌Apple TV‌+ content will be made available in 4K HDR plus full support for Dolby Vision. Also, most of the featured titles will provide Dolby Atmos sound.

Will ‌Apple TV‌+ movies be in theaters?

Yes, they will. Apple plans to release some of its ‌Apple TV‌+ movies in the theaters before having them published on ‌Apple TV‌+. Apple movies that have already been or will find their way to theaters include “The Banker,” “Hala,” and “The Elephant Queen.”

Where is ‌Apple TV‌+ available?

‌Apple TV‌+ is already available in over 100 countries. All ‌the Apple TV‌+ content will not be accessible outside of the TV app.

What devices support ‌Apple TV‌+?

You can watch ‌Apple TV‌+ through any of 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.

Presently, Samsung Televisions support the ‌Apple TV‌ app, and several other smart TV makers will be tagging along in the future. The Apple TV app will also be available on the Roku and Amazon Fire TV sticks.

How can I sign up for ‌Apple TV‌+?

As of November 1, when the service was launched, customers can quickly sign up in the ‌Apple TV‌ application or on tv.apple.com to begin their ‌Apple TV‌+ subscriptions.

How do I get my free year of ‌Apple TV‌+

Apple is gifting all customers who purchase their products, including a new iPhone, ‌iPod touch‌, ‌iPad‌, or ‌Apple TV‌ a whole 12 months of free ‌Apple TV‌+ access with the purchase of any of these products.

To gain access to the free one-year subscription, open the Apple TV app, and the “Enjoy 1 Year Free” offer should pop up immediately after the app is launched or in the “Watch Now” section.

Each family can only enjoy 12 months of free ‌Apple TV‌+ a single time, regardless of the number of apple devices they buy.

You have only three months after purchasing a device to claim your free ‌Apple TV‌+ offer, or you can wait for three years from when the service launches on the first of November.

Apple says that any iPod touch, iPhone, ‌iPad‌, ‌‌Apple TV‌ HD, Apple TV‌ 4K or Mac purchased after the 10th of September, 2019 and is capable of running the latest version of tvOS, iOS, macOS, or ‌iPadOS‌, is eligible for the one free year of ‌Apple TV‌+ access.

Free ‌Apple TV‌+ for students who have Apple TV subscription

Students who have already secured a student subscription to ‌Apple Music‌ for the price of $4.99 a month will also enjoy access to ‌Apple TV‌+ at no extra cost.

Reviews

Early reviews of several Apple TV shows are now available, and the reviews are not great. While “For All Mankind” has received several positive reviews, and so did “Dickinson,” but the reviews for “The Morning Show” or “See” are not looking good at all.

Nothing is stopping you from enjoying this streaming service at no cost for the next year. Leave us a comment letting us know what you think.


Emmanuella Ekokotu
Ella Romena is a content writer, sociologist and Anthropologist who lives in Benin-city.

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