If you have been expecting the unveiling of Apple’s video streaming service since its announcement 42 days ago, I bring you good news. Apple TV+ has been live starting November 1, along with ten original series and movies (which will surely be added to as the service’s lineup expands).
The service will go for $4.99 monthly, but if you have bought any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac system after September 10, 2019, you will get 12 months of the service free. Since Apple TV+ is now available, see How to Register For Apple TV+?:
How Can I Get Apple TV+?
- Launch the Apple TV application on your device. (check below for a list of every compatible device).
- If you are not on “Watch Now” yet, click “Watch Now” way down on the screen.
- Depending on whether you bought what makes you eligible for a free year, do one of the following:
- If you bought a device that qualifies you for a free year of service, instantly, you will be shown the offer. If you do not see it instantly, swipe down till it is visible, and then click “Enjoy 1 Year Free.” Confirm your billing info.
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- If you have not bought anything that makes you eligible for it, you will have access to a 7-day trial period. Swipe down till “Try it free.” is visible. Click that, and then adhere to the instructions to confirm your billing information. You will get 7 days free, and then you will need to part with $4.99 for your first month of service.
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Apple TV+ works on these devices:
- Any iPhone or iPod Touch with the most recent version of iOS.
- Any iPad with the most recent version of iPadOS.
- An Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD with the most recent version of tvOS.
- A 3rd generation Apple TV with the most recent version Apple TV Software Update.
- A smart TV or streaming media player running the Apple TV application.
- A Mac system running the most recent version of macOS.
- Any PC running Safari, Firefox, or Chrome web browser (head to tv.apple.com).
More Information About Your Apple TV+:
Apple TV Plus (stylized as Apple TV+) is an over-the-top ad-free subscription video on demand web television service of Apple Inc. that debuted on November 1, 2019. It was announced during their March 25 Apple Special Event held at Steve Jobs Theater, where celebrities involved with Apple TV+ projects appeared on-stage for the announcement, including Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Jason Momoa.
Apple TV+ content is viewable through Apple’s website and through Apple’s TV app, which in 2023 expanded its availability to numerous consumer electronics devices, including those of Apple’s competitors—although not with a native app on the Android or Windows platforms, with further plans to expand availability to more devices over time. Apple TV+, along with the simultaneously announced Apple TV Channels a la carte premium video subscription aggregation service, is part of the company’s concerted effort to expand its service revenues by making recurring monthly charge distributed video content available widely to the public.
Apple had long been rumored to have an interest in beginning a streaming television service, and in 2015 entered into negotiations with various television studios and programmers to aggregate their content for a live-television streaming bundle. Negotiations fell apart over differing views on how to value the content, lack of transparency on details, and the personality of Apple’s chief negotiator, Eddy Cue.
On September 10, 2019, Apple announced at their yearly keynote that Apple TV+ would launch on November 1, 2019, at $4.99 USD a month (with a 1-week free trial) for an account that can be shared with up to six family members. Apple also announced that they would be giving away a year of Apple TV+ for free to anyone who bought a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV beginning that same day. Student subscribers to the monthly Apple Music service at a discounted rate also have Apple TV+ bundled in at no additional cost for the time being.