Tomorrow is the big day. Seven months after Apple CEO Tim Cook joined a host of Hollywood superstars on stage at Apple HQ in Cupertino to announce the company’s streaming TV service, it’s launching.
November 2 is the date for Aussies, and Apple TV+ is one of a host of streaming options available to you – so, if you’re keen to check it out, here’s our full how to watch Apple TV+ guide, along with details of all the shows available at launch and those to come soon.
How do I watch Apple TV+?
I’m glad you asked:) The simplest way is on an Apple device, like an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV (the Box itself that is – how confusing), Mac or iPad. They all come with the Apple TV App installed.
If you’ve lost it, try the handy search function. On your home screen swipe down from the middle of the screen. That opens a search window – just type TV. If the app isn’t there, go to the App Store and search for “Apple TV” and install.
Once in the app, you’ll see an Apple TV+ section. Before launch, it will have a promo image and coming soon. Once launched the App will automatically ask you
You can then sign up to a seven-day free trial, or if you’re lucky enough you might be eligible for a year free – more on that soon.
There is also an Apple TV app on some Smart TVs and Set-top boxes.
Samsung 2019 TVs have it, as do Roku Streaming devices and the Amazon Fire Stick.
Older Samsung TVs have not been updated and may not be, so don’t hold out too much hope. LG and Sony TVs are likely to get the app soon, though again – expect that to be the very latest TVs only.
If you want to watch it on your big-screen TV and it doesn’t have the Apple TV app, and you don’t own an Apple TV Box, there are now some Samsung and LG TVs that are Airplay 2 enabled, so you can share the vision that’s on your iPad or iPhone to the TV directly.
Unfortunately, Chromecast is not an option at this time for “casting” your viewing up onto the big screen.
How much will it cost?
Easy. $7.99 per month.
There’s a seven-day free trial, after which it will automatically renew.
Anyone who purchased a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac after 10 September 2019 are eligible to receive 1 year free of Apple TV+ – so jump on that. Best advice is to use that new device to open the Apple TV app where you should be presented with the offer almost immediately.
Can my Kids and family watch too?
There’s no additional cost for a family viewing package. Up to six family members can use Apple TV+ on their own devices simultaneously.
Those family members need to be part of your Apple ID’s “Family Sharing” meaning each has their own Apple ID, and are set up as part of your family.
What’s on Apple TV+
Everything on Apple TV+ from tomorrow is new and exclusive. Unlike Netflix or Stan, there’s no deep library of older content or new titles from other producers.
That means a limited looking library, but because the Apple TV+ service is within the Apple TV plus App, an App that shows all your video content from across Catch-Up TV services like 9Now and ABC iView, as well as the rent and buy TV and Movie shows within the Apple Store.
Apple’s original content is top-notch, premium productions with some of the biggest stars in the world – so you should have plenty to enjoy.
Here’s Apple’s full list of what’s coming tomorrow at the launch of Apple TV+, some shows are dropping weekly, others are available as full seasons at launch – I’ve listed them as Weekly or Binge below.
- WEEKLY: “Morning Wars,” a cutthroat drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and starring Steve Carell, explores the world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the morning. Beginning 2 November, the first three episodes will be available to watch on the Apple TV app. New episodes will roll out weekly, every Friday with 10 episodes total.
- WEEKLY: “See,” an epic drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind. When all humanity has lost the sense of sight, humans must adapt and find new ways to survive. Beginning 2 November, the first three episodes will be available to watch on the Apple TV app. New episodes will roll out weekly, every Friday with 8 episodes total.
- BINGE IT: “Dickinson,” a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, explores the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson. All 10 episodes of season 1 will be available on 2 November.
- WEEKLY: “For All Mankind,” a new series from Ronald D. Moore, imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centrepiece of America’s hopes and dreams. Beginning 2 November, the first three episodes will be available to watch on the Apple TV app. New episodes will roll out weekly, every Friday with 10 episodes total.
- BINGE IT: “Helpsters,” a new children’s series from the makers of “Sesame Street,” stars Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love to help solve problems. It all starts with a plan. The complete season is available 2 November.
- BINGE IT: “Snoopy in Space,” a new original from Peanuts Worldwide and DHX Media, takes viewers on a journey with Snoopy as he follows his dreams to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew take command of the International Space Station and explore the moon and beyond. The complete season is available 2 November.
- BINGE IT: “Ghostwriter,” a reinvention of the beloved original series, follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighbourhood bookstore, and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature. The complete season is available 2 November.
- “The Elephant Queen,” an acclaimed documentary film and cinematic love letter to a species on the verge of extinction, follows a majestic matriarch elephant and her herd on an epic journey of life, loss and homecoming. Available 2 November.
- “Oprah’s Book Club,” will start a new chapter with Apple with the first author interview premiering on Apple TV+ on 2 November. Winfrey’s first book selection is “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Winfrey joins the world’s most compelling authors in conversation as she builds a vibrant, global book club community and other projects to connect with people around the world and share meaningful ways to create positive change. Available 2 November.
Each month new shows will be added to the service, here’s a taste of what will come down the track:
- “Servant,” a new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, 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. Premiering 28 November.
- “Truth Be Told,” a gripping new series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul, explores America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race. Premiering 6 December.
- “Little America,” inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, brings to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America.
- “The Banker,” a feature film inspired by a true story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas. Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult also star.
- “Hala,” a feature film and official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing.