Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade will launch for $4.99 on November 1st and September 19th, respectively, but the company isn’t giving people a chance to subscribe to everything as part of a packaged deal. Apple TV Plus will offer the ability to download originals to watch offline and let you stream its originals in 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision. Its nine launch titles include a drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and a post apocalyptic thriller starring Jason Momoa. After launch, there are five other titles Apple has confirmed will be added in the following months. “Most” Apple TV Plus series will premiere with three episodes available immediately, followed by one new episode weekly, Apple said. Full seasons of “some” series will be available all at once.
The other programs available on Apple TV Plus at launch are confirmed to be: a series featuring Oprah Winfrey; Helpsters, a Sesame Street spinoff; a kids program called Ghostwriter; animated series Snoopy in Space; and The Elephant Queen, a documentary movie the company acquired at the Toronto Film Festival.
What’s Apple’s TV service like?
Apple TV Plus will be subscription streaming service to watch the company’s original series and movies exclusively.
Like Netflix, it won’t have ads. Unlike Netflix, it won’t release full seasons of its shows all at once in a binge-able bunch. “Most” Apple TV Plus series will premiere three episodes followed by one new episode every week, Apple says; full seasons of “some” series will drop all at the same time, though. Apple TV Plus will also reside inside Apple’s TV app. There, Apple TV Plus will sit next to other video subscriptions such as HBO.
Apple TV Plus will be available in more than 100 countries and will also be part of Apple’s family sharing feature, which allows you and up to five family members to share a plan. Apple originals will be available in 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision, and most titles also offer Dolby Atmos sound, according to this Apple support page. We still have a few big questions. We don’t know if Apple’s service will also have a library of licensed shows and movies, though this is looking unlikely.
Apple TV Plus will cost $5 a month and offer a seven-day free trial. People who buy a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac starting Tuesday will qualify for a free subscription for one year. Current Apple device owners aren’t grandfathered in. The free-year offer applies to both new and refurbished models, including devices from the iPhone Upgrade Program, and it’s not restricted to any specific sales channel, so it applies to both Apple Store purchases and those at resellers. It will be available in all countries where Apple TV Plus launches.