Hands-On With the New Apple TV+ Streaming Service

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It's November 1, which means Apple TV+, Apple's long-awaited streaming service with original TV shows and movies, has now launched and is available to anyone who has a web browser or a compatible device.

In our latest YouTube video, we check out Apple TV+, take a look at some of the devices where you can watch it, and check out some of the new shows.


For an Apple service, Apple TV+ is available on a surprising number of devices. You can watch it on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV (just make sure all of your software is up to date) or on any device with a Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser.

It's also on the Roku, Amazon Fire TV devices, and Samsung smart TVs at the current time. On all of these devices, you can get to Apple TV+ by opening up the Apple TV app. There are tons of banners for it so it's impossible to miss, but a sure fire way to find it is to go to the Channels section in the Apple TV app.

In the Channels section (or if you select any of the Apple TV+ banners for various TV shows), you can sign up for an Apple TV+ subscription. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month with a 7-day free trial or $49.99 per year, which saves you a couple bucks if you plan to subscribe long term.

Of course, if you purchased an Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Mac, or iPod touch after September 10, 2019, you're also entitled to a free year of Apple TV+ service, which you can redeem right in the Apple TV app by making sure you're signed in with the Apple ID you have associated with the new device.

The trial period lasts for a full year, and it's good for the whole family. If you bought multiple devices, you don't get to stack the free trial, and the same is true of multiple family members who each bought a device. It's one free trial per family, and Apple TV+ is available for up to six family members using Family Sharing.

Make sure not to cancel your one-year subscription right after signing up because it ends it right away rather than letting you have a full year's access. Instead, make a calendar reminder for October 30th, 2020 (if you signed up on launch day) and you can get the full watch period and make sure you're not charged when the year trial is up.

Apple TV+ is super cheap and Apple is giving away a free year because content is super limited. There's no back catalog of content and there's no content from third-party providers -- this is all Apple's original content and there's not much to go on right now.

Here's everything that's available at launch:

[*]The Morning Show
[*]For All Mankind
[*]See
[*]Dickinson
[*]Ghostwriter
[*]Helpsters
[*]The Elephant Queen (the sole movie)
[*]Oprah's Book Club
[*]Snoopy in Space

Apple plans to add new content on a regular basis and has new shows like Servant and Truth Be Told coming in the near future, but for the time being, there's not a lot here compared to other streaming services. Apple is also limiting some shows to three episodes at launch, with new episodes to come out over time.

"The Morning Show," "See," and "For All Mankind" have three episodes available, but most other shows are available in their entirety.

The Apple TV+ section of the Apple TV app is well-organized with dedicated cards for each of the currently available shows and movies, plus a section for titles that are coming soon. There are show descriptions, trailers, and other details that you can view before deciding on a series to watch.

Each show has its own handy page where you can see cast information, related TV shows, and anything else you might want to know before deciding to try out a series. Shows you've started will show up in "Watch Now" across all of your devices so you can start a show on one device and then pick it up on another. You can also download Apple TV+ shows for offline viewing by tapping on the little cloud icon next to a show on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

If you don't want to sign up for an Apple TV+ subscription or want to try it out first, there are a few free premieres that you can watch at the current time.

As a side note, if you're having trouble getting your free year of Apple TV+ activated on your iPhone, make sure to go to Apple TV+ on the web (tv.apple.com) and log in with your Apple ID. From here, you should see the free one-year trial option. After that, just sign out of the TV app on your iPhone, open it up again, and sign in, which should get everything working smoothly.

Have you watched any of Apple's new Apple TV+ content? Let us know what you thought in the comments.

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dynAdZ

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So far I only watched the first episode of „See“ and I was really surprised by the good acting and production value, cinematography etc. Also the rumors about family optimization obviously were wrong since there was a lot of violence and even an actually unnecessary masturbation scene ;) Not bad, it really caught my attention. I will now pause until the whole season got released and binge watch the rest then.
 

katbel

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Apple TV+ is super cheap and Apple is giving away a free year because content is super limited. There's no back catalog of content and there's no content from third-party providers -- this is all Apple's original content and there's not much to go on right now.....

As a side note, if you're having trouble getting your free year of Apple TV+ activated on your iPhone, make sure to go to Apple TV+ on the web (tv.apple.com) and log in with your Apple ID. From here, you should see the free one-year trial option. After that, just sign out of the TV app on your iPhone, open it up again, and sign in, which should get everything working smoothly.

Article Link: Hands-On With the New Apple TV+ Streaming Service
I don't think Apple is giving a free year to anyone, just checked, logged in and it's only one free week and then I need to pay: for the content available I don't think I will...o_O
 

BMcCoy

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And it seems that yes, students paying for the 4.99 Apple Music subscription are indeed getting tv+ included, for no additional cost.
There’s nothing on Apple’s website about it, and nothing on macrumors, but it is mentoned on some other tech websites, including some comments that Apple has confirmed it. Though no detail on how long for, and if there any conditions, other than remaining a student and continuing a student Apple Music subscription.
 

kainzd5

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I don't think Apple is giving a free year to anyone, just checked, logged in and it's only one free week and then I need to pay: for the content available I don't think I will...o_O
I got the free year. You just have to purchase one of the qualifying devices as mentioned in the first post to be eligible for the free year. As soon as I launched the app, I was notified I had a 1 year free trial.
 

centauratlas

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I don't think Apple is giving a free year to anyone, just checked, logged in and it's only one free week and then I need to pay: for the content available I don't think I will...o_O
If you have one of the devices mentioned - e.g. new iPhone, Mac, iPad, Apple TV, it is free for a year.

If it doesn't show up, try this:
 
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fumi2014

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The small selection is not the problem. Creating TV that is compulsive viewing is.

I've watched the first episode of each of See, The Morning Show & For All Mankind and I can honestly say I don't care if I ever see any of it again.

TV Shows really need to hook an audience on the first episode and ideally in the first 30 mins - none of these do that. They don't even suggest that there is better to come.

Apple have created a bunch of shows that nobody was asking for on a TV service that no-one needed because they know that services are where the money is now.

Apple TV+ is Hot Garbage. Even if this was free forever, I wouldn't bother with it.

I know there will be many on here that will enjoy these lame TV offerings but in this day and age, people are highly discerning due to there being just so much quality content elsewhere - they won't waste time on these offerings.

I know fan boys will jump on this and try and defend it but this is a company with untold money and resources that have failed miserably at the starting gate.
 

robgreene

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Went in skeptical after reading the reviews. So far I've watched The Morning Show, Episode 1. Thought it was fantastic!

Where Apple will struggle in this space is that, unlike the tech industry, entertainment is so much more intensely subjective. I love Apple telling me what I want/need next with my technology. I don't prefer them telling me what I want/need next with my tv and movies.

That said, I really enjoyed The Morning Show, and am excited to try out See and For All Mankind over the weekend!
 

katbel

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If you have one of the devices mentioned - e.g. new iPhone, Mac, iPad, Apple TV, it is free for a year.

If it doesn't show up, try this:
Thanks but I found I should have bought my iPad Pro not in August...Only from September 10 qualifies
 

Khedron

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So far I only watched the first episode of „See“ and I was really surprised by the good acting and production value, cinematography etc. Also the rumors about family optimization obviously were wrong since there was a lot of violence and even an actually unnecessary masturbation scene ;) Not bad, it really caught my attention. I will now pause until the whole season got released and binge watch the rest then.
There was a good job of world building, and they made a decent job of the action scenes seeming not quite so ridiculous. Disappointing that they chickened out of committing to the blind concept by having "psychics" who can just know things though.
 

katbel

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I got the free year. You just have to purchase one of the qualifying devices as mentioned in the first post to be eligible for the free year. As soon as I launched the app, I was notified I had a 1 year free trial.
Too late, I got in August and not in September :oops:
 

lsutigerfan1976

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The small selection is not the problem. Creating TV that is compulsive viewing is.

I've watched the first episode of each of See, The Morning Show & For All Mankind and I can honestly say I don't care if I ever see any of it again.

TV Shows really need to hook an audience on the first episode and ideally in the first 30 mins - none of these do that. They don't even suggest that there is better to come.

Apple have created a bunch of shows that nobody was asking for on a TV service that no-one needed because they know that services are where the money is now.

Apple TV+ is Hot Garbage. Even if this was free forever, I wouldn't bother with it.

I know there will be many on here that will enjoy these lame TV offerings but in this day and age, people are highly discerning due to there being just so much quality content elsewhere - they won't waste time on these offerings.

I know fan boys will jump on this and try and defend it but this is a company with untold money and resources that have failed miserably at the starting gate.
This is how I feel. None of the shows I watched interest me at all.
 

ShadowJade

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I don't think Apple is giving a free year to anyone, just checked, logged in and it's only one free week and then I need to pay: for the content available I don't think I will...o_O
As others have said...yep, free year launched instantly for me. I bought my iPhone 11 Pro Max on launch day through AT&T. When the service went active this morning, the option for my full year was easily available in the first screen. As Macrumors posted today, a purchase of a new Apple TV on AT&Ts website is currently 50% off, and also nets a year of Apple TV+ for free.
 

coolfactor

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I got a free year even though I haven't purchased any Apple hardware recently. I wonder if they'll review this and revoke subscriptions that don't qualify? 😜

EDIT: I forgot that I bought an AppleTV 4K in September, so that must have been what qualified me.
 
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