Apple TV+ Explained | Everything You Need To Know

by birtanpublished on May 11, 2021

The company that brought us the iPod iPhone and iPad now has an answer to the likes of Netflix Hulu n Amazon Prime video but as you might expect Apple's take on a video streaming service is a little bit well different from what you might be used to here's everything you need to know about Apple TV plus let's start with the basics Apple TV plus is a video on demand online streaming service that launched November 1st 2019 unlike Netflix and Amazon which have like thousands of shows and movies to watch Apple TV Plus started small with nine titles which we'll talk a little bit about later there are five more

Titles expected to launch soon which will bring the total to 14 now many of those titles are actually TV series or ongoing TV shows so there are of course multiple episodes to enjoy it's not like you'll watch nine things and be done as of right now the service is available in more than 100 countries and most of its content is available in 4k HDR and Dolby vision most titles also offer Dolby Atmos sound now how much does Apple TV Plus cost well that kind of depends the basic rate for Apple TV Plus is five dollars a month which is definitely lower than most streaming services but

Again the amount of content on offer is lower as well there are a few ways you can get Apple TV plus for free for a limited time of course one way is to go buy or have bought an iPhone iPad iPod Touch Apple TV or Mac on or after September 10 if you did then you get one free year of Apple TV plus by the way it doesn't matter if you bought one of those devices new or refurbished from Apple directly or from authorized resellers another way to get it for free is to be enrolled in Apple musics student discount plan which folds apple TV plus in with Apple music for no

Additional cost which by the way is five bucks there are also rumors that Apple may come up with some more bundled service deals down the road but nothing's been confirmed yet one tricky thing you should be aware of though if you're eligible for that free year you should know that your card will be charged as soon as that free year is up and you can't cancel in advance in fact if you do cancel your access is immediately terminated you don't get to like finish off the month or anything so you might want to set a reminder to cancel on a certain day if you don't

Want your card charged in a year so the free access is tied to your Apple ID so if you made a qualifying purchase then you already have access so how do you watch well you've got to watch Apple TV Plus through the Apple TV app and that comes pre-installed on Apple devices but you can also watch on a Safari Chrome or Firefox web browser on your computer outside of Apple devices the Apple TV app is currently available on samsung Smart TVs right in the menu and it will be coming soon to newer Vizio Sony and LG TVs there is a workaround though if your Smart TV supports airplay – and

Many now do you can access Apple TV plus from your Apple mobile device and launch the title on your TV Android users are at a disadvantage here as they've got to watch using a web browser on their phone or tablet there's another wrinkle to how you watch as well Apple TV plus doesn't do the binge thing unlike Netflix which typically releases all episodes of a series at once so you can blast through the show as quickly or slowly as you like Apple TV Plus releases episodes one at a time kind of like traditional TV so how's it looking sound well I've got really good

News on that front Apple TV plus content looks and sounds excellent flat panels HD editor Rasmus Larsson measures the bitrate of some Apple TV plus shows and got some seriously impressive numbers HDR and Dolby vision really make the image pop off the screen and having Dolby Atmos surround sound on nearly every title is also a big bonus for home theater enthusiasts so what can you watch well right now the most popular title on Apple TV Plus seems to be the morning show it's a drama series about a morning news broadcast which stars Jennifer Aniston Reese Witherspoon and

Steve Carell yeah those are some big names and the budget is big as well that's kind of a theme with these Apple TV Plus original titles there's also see a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Aquaman's Jason Momoa which is meeting with mixed reviews for all mankind which is an interesting sci-fi show about what it would be like if the international space race never quit Ghost Rider a show oriented towards kids and Snoopy in space which as you can imagine features the lovable peanuts character then there's Oprah's Book Club which is likely to draw tons of attention to

Apple TV Plus because Oprah jokes aside Apple TV Plus appears to cover the genres pretty well from documentaries to dramas to sci-fi to kids shows and there's at least five more pieces coming from directors like M night Shyamalan and starring actors like samuel l.jackson down the road we can expect to see a new version of Amazing Stories helmed by none other than Steven Spielberg as well as a comedy from some of the folks behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia so while Apple TV Plus doesn't have a ton of content on the outset they're really covering their

Bases well just to get started and as time goes by I'm sure they're going to add much more folks thanks for watching let me know what you think about Apple TV plus down in the comments is this a streaming service that you're gonna get are you interested or is it just another one to distract you from all the other apps you're already wrangling with let us know down in the comments please like this video subscribe hit that notification bell if you haven't already and as always come to Digital Trends calm for the latest tech news and reviews

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