Apple TV+ Debuts New Documentary Film 'Dads' Ahead of Father's Day, Makes 'The Banker' Free to Stream

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Apple TV+ today launched the new film "Dads," which is a documentary about fatherhood seen through the lens of six men from around the world. The movie features interviews, home-movie footage, viral videos, and testimonials from celebrities like Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, and Will Smith.


"Dads" is directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, and the film also includes interviews with her father Ron Howard, her late grandfather, and her brother. You can find "Dads" on Apple TV+ on any device that supports the Apple TV app.

In other Apple TV+ film news, Apple today made "The Banker" free for anyone to watch. This means that even if you aren't subscribed to Apple TV+, as long as you have access to the TV app you can search for The Banker and watch it for free through June 30 (via Deadline).

"The Banker" premiered on Apple TV+ back in March, and it follows the true story of businessmen Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, "who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream."

Apple has made "The Banker" free to stream in honor of Juneteenth. Additionally, one episode of the documentary series "Dear..." and a few select films like "The Hate U Give" and "Selma" remain free to watch in the Apple TV app or from iTunes.

Article Link: Apple TV+ Debuts New Documentary Film 'Dads' Ahead of Father's Day, Makes 'The Banker' Free to Stream
 
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MacHiavelli

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Don't know how many other people are seeing this, but today the Apple TV apps on my iPhone and Mac are offering Apple TV+ free for one year. I have not bought a device recently to qualify for the one-year offer, so this appears to be a move on Apple's part (or a mistake). Wondered if it was targeted marketing directed to my account, but two other friends have also seen the same offer on their accounts.

I didn't take up the offer, but some people out there might want it.
 
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CarlJ

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Don't know how many other people are seeing this, but today the Apple TV apps on my iPhone and Mac are offering Apple TV+ free for one year. ...

I didn't take up the offer, but some people out there might want it.
Why not grab it while it’s available to you? You never Know if they’ll come up with a show you really want to watch six months from now.

I haven’t watched much beyond Mythic Quest, but that was awesome.
 

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Because then you'd have to remember to put a reminder to cancel the subscription after a year.
The 4.99$/€ or so deduction should be a good reminder after a whole year, without hurting much - if you forget to cancel of course.

EDIT: Watched it last night - I loved it. Very well made. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers (including my proud self 😊) doing their best!
 
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Ar40

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The Banker is an incredible movie. Nice freebie. Should help highlight the show so more buzz is generated for Oscar season. The Banker should stand a real chance, what with the dearth of new movie releases in 2020.
 

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Yup. But it's still an extra step
Apple sends you a reminder email weeks before letting you know you can cancel.

If you happened to miss it, or didn't get it, I'm certain a call to Apple Support would make it right.
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The Banker is an incredible movie. Nice freebie. Should help highlight the show so more buzz is generated for Oscar season. The Banker should stand a real chance, what with the dearth of new movie releases in 2020.
I similarly enjoyed The Banker. Apple is creating outstanding content.
 

MacHiavelli

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Says something about Apple and its TV channel if it is having to give a year's subscription away for free to everyone. Is it doing that though?

And what about the people who are paying now: should they cancel their subs and then sign up for a free year, or should they just ask for / expect a free year to be credited to their accounts?

And if this is worldwide and timed just before WWDC, are there other implications?

[I didn't subscribe for two reasons: 1. The trailers I have seen and the freebie episodes I have tried watching have not been of interest to me. 2. My main focus is on films. Apple doesn't have much to offer in the way of films, and I haven't found the films it is offering to be for me. So nothing of interest for me to subscribe to, and if they have launched with their best ideas, I doubt I'll ever find anything I want to watch on Apple TV (unless there is a major shift in output and offering) ... though I will keep an open mind. Each to their own, yes?]
 

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I want to try Apple TV+ but I feel Apple TV+ only caters to the typical fairy tale American family. I like Netflix because it has drama, sex and foreign movies. Can someone tell me I am wrong about Apple Tv?
 
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Ar40

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I want to try Apple TV+ but I feel Apple TV+ only caters to the typical fairy tale American family. I like Netflix because it has drama, sex and foreign movies. Can someone tell me I am wrong about Apple Tv?
See has a main female character who prays by masturbating. Tons of gore and violence. I would never show it to my kids.

The Morning Show has around 50 strong swear words an episode. It also shows a woman being raped. And it deals with very heavy and mature topics.

Servant is extremely horrific with close ups of very nightmarish and graphic dead pigs heads and placentas. Not for the fairy tale family.

Trying is an outstanding comedy about Brits, definitely not a typical American fairy tale family. The show’s opening scene is of the main characters having sex on a bus with other people onlooking.

Truth be Told revolves around a very mature theme, but the whole show would be spoiled if I wrote it here.

Defending Jacob is definitely a mature show. Excellent drama thriller.

Apple already has many top notch dramas, and are buying up the rights to some foreign series, one out of France and another from Israel.

This whole “family friendly only” thing is silly. Yes, there are family and kids shows, and the documentaries are very clean for families, but you are missing the forest from the trees. Some of the best shows on Apple TV+ are anything but family friendly.
 
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The 4.99$/€ or so deduction should be a good reminder after a whole year, without hurting much - if you forget to cancel of course.
Yeah definitely. I am not saying that it's expensive nor am I saying it's not "worth" trying. I'm just replying to the previous poster on why people might hesitate. It's not entirely risk free because it still involves you taking action(s) at the end of the day to cancel.
 
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Gross. How utterly tone-deaf to release “Dads” at a time when so many Americans and people worldwide are slipping into poverty due to coronavirus.

NOBODY CARES ABOUT RICH CELEBRITY FATHERS. THEIR EXPERIENCE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REAL DADHOOD, as their wealth is so astronomically high they can afford to make mistake after mistake in parenting, and have the stability to stay good fathers even when times get extremely tough for everyone else.

Jfc. How is this not apparent?

This is even worse than “we’re all in this together” drivel we were hearing before from the celebrities.

I will now make a statement with my free 1 year subscription to Apple TV+ and cancel it immediately, never having used it once.

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The Banker is an incredible movie. Nice freebie. Should help highlight the show so more buzz is generated for Oscar season. The Banker should stand a real chance, what with the dearth of new movie releases in 2020.
Apple needs to work harder to promote their stuff in the TV app. This is the second time I've heard about it and I've finally remembered to put it on my queue. But I would never found it in the app without search. It looks just like one of a thousand movies they have for sale …

If Netflix does a major release like this, it's impossible to miss in their app.
 
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