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Apple is now making or commissioning high-budget, high-profile films and television to stream on its Apple TV+ service. As yet, the service doesn't have a very big library, but it aims to leverage use Apple's famous simplicity to make finding and watching shows better than ever.

● Original films and TV made for Apple TV+
● Low monthly subscription of $4.99
● Free week's trial for all users
● Free year for buyers of new Apple devices
● Fewer original shows than Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney+
● No library of existing shows or films
● Students get Apple TV+ with Apple Music Student Plan


Apple TV+ is a streaming service of original television and film produced in conjunction with Apple or directly by the company itself. The service can be found on many platforms inside of the Apple TV app. From the app, users can also access other content from iTunes, external streaming apps like Hulu, and from Channels including HBO.

Apple TV+ content

Drama Series

ShowAboutTV RatingOriginal Release DateNext Season Release Date
See See"See" is a sci-fi fantasy epic set in the post apocalyptic future of our world. Generations of humans have lived without sight, so long that it was considered a myth. Twins are then born with the ability to see, and must be protected at all costs.TV-MANovember 1, 2019TBA 2021
The Morning Show The Morning ShowA newsroom veteran is accused of sexual misconduct and the fallout affects every employee top to bottom. Despite a rocky start, the show was able to win over critics by the electrifying season finale. The show's Billy Crudup won an Emmy for best supporting actor.TV-MANovember 1, 2019TBA 2021
Defending Jacob Defending JacobThe series follows the events after a shocking crime deeply affects a Massachusetts family. Chris Evans stars and executive produces in this Anonymous Content production.TV-MAApril 24, 2020N/A single season run
Little Voice Little VoiceJ.J. Abrams tells the story of a musician trying to find her authentic voice in New York, then finding the courage to use it.TV-14February 7, 2020TBA
Foundation FoundationBased on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, “Foundation” chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.Not Yet RatedComing SoonN/A
Tehran Tehran"Tehran" tells the thrilling story of a Mossad agent who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran that places her and everyone around her in dire jeopardy.TV-MASeptember 25, 2020TBA
Home Before Dark Home Before Dark“Home Before Dark” is a dramatic mystery series inspired by the reporting of a young investigative journalist, Hilde Lysiak. Hilde moves with her family back to a small lakeside town where she begins to uncover the mystery behind a cold case.TV-14April 3, 2020TBA 2021
Truth Be Told Truth Be ToldWhen new evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation, she comes face-to-face with the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars.TV-MADecember 6, 2019TBA 2021
Servant ServantA psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.TV-MANovember 28, 2019January 15, 2021
For All Mankind For All MankindWhat if the United States did not place the first man on the moon? From Ronald D. Moore, this alternate history turned sci-fi epic tells us about a space race that never ended, and the effects it has on America.TV-MANovember 1, 2019February 19, 2021

Comedy Series

ShowAboutTV RatingOriginal Release DateNext Season Release Date
Ted Lasso Ted LassoJason Sudeikis plays an American football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience with soccer.TV-MAAugust 14, 2020TBA 2021
Central Park Central ParkLoren Bouchard and Nora Smith of "Bob’s Burgers" are writing and producing "Central Park" alongside Josh Gad of "Frozen" fame. The show depicts a family, the Tillermans, in their struggle to keep Central Park, their home, safe from a hotel heiress. This animated musical is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.TV-14May 29, 2020TBA 2021
Dickinson Dickinson"Dickinson" is a period piece injected with present-day attitudes. This stand-out series depicts the life of the titular poet with modern musical scores and young-adult drama.TV-14November 1, 2019January 8, 2021
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet Mythic Quest: Raven’s BanquetMythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is centered around a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. Written by Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fame, and produced by Ubisoft and Lions Gate.TV-MAFebruary 7, 2020TBA 2021
Trying TryingApple's first foray into British television. "Trying" features Jason and Nikki, played by Rafe Spall and Esther Smith, on their journey to try to become parents.TV-14May 1, 2020TBA 2021

Anthology Series

ShowAboutTV RatingRelease Date
Amazing Stories Amazing StoriesA reimagining of the original anthology series by Steven Spielberg. Each episode tells a different story of life, love, and discovery through a mystical lense of wonder.TV-PGMarch 6, 2020
Little America Little AmericaFrom executive producer Kumail Nanjiani, "Little America" tells the story of immigrating to America through they eyes of several immigrants. Each episode is a different person in a different time period, yet their struggles to find a life in America all share the same hope.TV-14January 17, 2020

Children’s Programming

ShowAboutTV RatingOriginal Release DateNext Season Release Date
Wolfwalkers WolfwalkersIn a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night.PGDecember 11, 2020N/A
Doug Unplugs Doug UnplugsDoug is a robot boy who wants to learn about the world the old fashioned way, thorough experience. In his world, robots just download any information they want to find out, but a littler girl is going to show him how to learn by doing.TV-YNovember 13, 2020TBA
Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth"Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth" is adapted from the best-selling children's book by Oliver Jeffers, and created by animation firm, Studio AKA. A short film celebrating Earth day as a seven-year old boy discovers the wonders of the planet.TV-GApril 17, 2020N/A
Fraggle Rock: Rock On! Fraggle Rock: Rock On!The return of a classic kids show during a pandemic. "Fraggle Rock" sets out to teach kids how to practice social distancing and have fun during the coronavirus lockdown. Apple also acquired the rights to the original series, which means the whole catalogue can be streamed on the service.TV-GApril 21, 2020TBA
Ghostwriter Ghostwriter"Ghostwriter" is a reboot of the 1990s PBS series that sees present-day kids embroiled in mysteries that are causing fictional characters to escape into the real world.TV-GNovember 1, 2019TBA
Helpsters Helpsters"Helpsters" is a funny and happy series where Sesame Street-style monsters set out to help people with their problems, ranging from how to climb a mountain, to mastering magic tricks.TV-YNovember 1, 2019TBA

Documentary Series

ShowAboutTV RatingRelease Date
Becoming You Becoming YouThis series examines the first 2,000 days on earth of over 100 children in this documentary series. Olivia Coleman narrorates the story of these children as they learn to speak, think, and move up to age 5.Not Yet RatedNovember 13, 2020
Dear... Dear..."Dear..." takes inspiration from the "Dear Apple" campaign in which people would write letters about their experiences. This show takes a cinematic look at different influential people's lives from the point of view of a letter written to them by someone whose life they have changed.TV-MAJune 5, 2020
Greatness Code Greatness Code“Greatness Code” is a landmark short-form unscripted series directed by Gotham Chopra and co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world.TV-PGJuly 10, 2020
Home HomeThe series offers a look inside of the world's most innovative homes. The inspiring stories of these wild homes and the people who built them.TV-PGApril 17, 2020
Long Way Up Long Way UpStarring and executive produced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, “Long Way Up” reunites the best friends after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world. Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days on the backs of their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet. Apple also acquired the streaming rights to the previous series "Long Way Down" and "Long Way Round."TV-14September 18, 2020
Tiny World Tiny WorldNarrated by Paul Rudd, this docuseries showcases nature’s lesser-known tiny heroes. Spotlighting small creatures and the extraordinary things they do to survive, each episode is filled with surprising stories and spectacular cinematography.GOctober 2, 2020
Visible: Out On Television Visible: Out On Television"Visible: Out on Television" is a look at the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped TV. Combines archival footage with interviews with important people from the movement and industry.TV-MAFebruary 14, 2020

Feature-Length Film

MovieAboutTV RatingRelease Date
Greyhound GreyhoundTom Hanks is a Navy Veteran turned ship captain trying to escort a group of ships across the Atlantic. Set in the earliest parts of World War II when the United States first joined the Allied forces. The captain and his group of three escort ships must navigate the treacherous waters while warding off Nazi U-boats and air attacks from the convoy of 37 ships.PG-13July 10, 2020
Hala Hala"Hala" is a coming-of-age tale for a Pakistani American teenager struggling to cope with the conflicting demands of her family and her own desires –– plus a newfound secret that threatens them all.RDecember 6, 2019
On The Rocks On The RocksA young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to tail her husband. What follows is a sparkling comic adventure across the city – drawing father and daughter closer together despite one detour after another.R
October 23, 2020

The Banker The Banker"The Banker" is a movie following Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, portrayed by Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson, who lead a real estate business by hiring a white man to act as the "face" of the business.PG-13March 20, 2020

Feature-Length Documentary

DocumentaryAboutTV RatingRelease Date
Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds"Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds" is a documentary about all the celestial visitors to Earth, more specifically meteorites. Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer take viewers on a journey around the world to discover how meteorites, shooting stars, and deep impacts affect and shape our world and human's imagination.Not yet ratedNovember 13, 2020
Letters To You Letters To You"Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You" shows the live recording of Springsteen's upcoming album "Letter To You" live with the full E Street Band, and includes final take performances of 10 originals from the new record. The feature-length documentary features full performances from the E Street Band, in-studio footage, never-before-seen archival material, and a deeper look into "Letter To You" from Springsteen himself.PGOctober 23, 2020
Boys State Boys State“Boys State” is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government.PG-13August 14, 2020
Dads Dads“Dads” is a heartfelt and humorous documentary that celebrates the joys and challenges of parenting in today’s world. Featuring six extraordinary fathers from across the glove, this film has interviews, home-movie footage, and testimonials from big celebrities.PGJune 19, 2020
Beastie Boys Story Beastie Boys StorySpike Jonze has made a documentary about the Beastie Boys based on the bestselling "Beastie Boys Book."TV-MAApril 24, 2020
The Elephant Queen The Elephant QueenEmbark on an epic journey of family, courage and coming home. “The Elephant Queen” is a genre-crossing wildlife documentary, uniquely crafted as a character-driven narrative.PGNovember 1, 2019

Peanuts

ShowAboutTV RatingRelease Date
The Snoopy Show The Snoopy Show"The Snoopy Show" is a new series centered around Snoopy and Woodstock. The Peanuts gang are all here in these new adventures based on the classic "Peanuts" comic strip.TV-GFebruary 5, 2021
Untitled “Peanuts” Documentary Untitled “Peanuts” DocumentaryAn untitled "Peanuts" 70th anniversary documentary.Not Yet RatedComing in 2021
Snoopy In Space Snoopy In Space"Snoopy in Space" has Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the whole Peanuts gang help out NASA as they learn about traveling to the moon.TV-GNovember 1, 2019
“Peanuts” seasonal specials “Peanuts” seasonal specialsAll the beloved "Peanuts" seasonal specials are available on Apple TV+ during each respective season. New seasonal specials are being produced as well, like Mother's Day and back to school.TV-GSeasonal Availability

Oprah

ShowAboutTV RatingRelease Date
The Oprah Conversation The Oprah ConversationOprah leads intimate discussions with today’s foremost newsmakers, thought leaders, and masters of their craft. Bringing truth and perspective to a range of topics shaping our world, they reveal gripping stories of human connection.TV-14July 30, 2020
Oprah Talks COVID-19 Oprah Talks COVID-19Oprah Winfrey explores how can we mindfully move through a crisis while holding on to ourselves and our humanity. Oprah has remote conversations with experts and people facing challenges to provide insight, meaning, and tangible advice for the human spirit.TV-PGMarch 21, 2020
Oprah’s Book Club Oprah’s Book Club“Oprah’s Book Club” provides viewers with a front row seat for unguarded conversations with incredible authors. Each episode features a book handpicked by Oprah, along with an interview about the issues that it brings too light.TV-14November 1, 2019

About Apple TV+

This video streaming service is Apple's biggest step into media since the introduction of Apple Music in 2015. Through this one service, you can watch original films and television commissioned or purchased by Apple. You will not find classic series runs like "The Simpsons" or "Seinfeld" here, only original content licensed directly by Apple, at least for now.

Devices with the serviceDevices that support Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is unfortunately named, considering it is accessed via the Apple TV app and does not need an Apple TV box to work.

Following the launch of macOS Catalina, there is an Apple TV app on Mac too. You can use the existing but recently updated Apple TV app on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad as well.

The aim is to have this service be wherever you are and on whatever Apple device you use. However, Apple also wants this service to have as wide a reach as it can, so alongside its own hardware, you can watch it via smart TVs such as certain Samsung models. Or you can get the whole service, plus access to your previously bought videos, via an Amazon Fire Stick or even Roku box.

If you are on any other device, including those running Android, you can always visit the AppleTV+ website.

The Apple TV app

Wherever you watch, you are met with the Apple TV app, which ultimately intends to become the sole place you go to in order to watch television or films, whether they're from Apple or not.

Apple revealing its shows at events Apple unveils its biggest Apple TV+ shows at premiere events

Most other streaming services are included in the Apple TV app, with the notable exception of Netflix. External services include dozens of cable provided channels that need a cable service sign-in to work, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and several other third party providers. When dealing with content from external services, it is listed in the Apple TV app and shown in the Up Next section, but opens in the parent app outside of the Apple TV app.

All content purchased via iTunes is listed within the TV app as well.

Tim Cook Tim Cook on stage during the launch of Apple TV+

Apple TV Channels provide you with the ability to subscribe to content providers from directly within the app, and share this subscription across a family sharing plan. HBO, Starz, and multiple other services are available this way, and greatly simplify the way you subscribe and manage these accounts. Content from Channels can be downloaded for offline viewing. 

Apple TV+ Pricing

From launch, Apple has offered a year's free Apple TV+ service to anyone buying a new iPhone or other devices. This promotion will not last forever though, and will likely not be present for the 2020 iPhone launch.

Similarly, there is a bundle offer where people on the Apple Music Student Plan will receive Apple TV+ for free.

Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month, which is cheaper than either Disney+ or Netflix. As with Apple Music and Apple News+, there is a free trial period, which in this case is one week.

 

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