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What is Apple TV Plus? How to watch and shows included

All you need to know about Apple's foray into the streaming world.

Published: Thursday, 21st April 2022 at 3:00 pm

The streaming wars rage on and Apple TV Plus continues to put a case forward as to why it's one that should be on your radar.

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Ben Stiller's Severance has emerged as one of the service's biggest breakout hits since Ted Lasso - and with Slow Horses starring Gary Oldman and Roar featuring Nicole Kidman among the service's newer offerings, it's clear the streamer has no trouble attracting the biggest names in the business.

But what is Apple TV Plus, how much is it, and how do you watch it? Here is all you need to know.

What is Apple TV Plus?

Apple TV Plus is a streaming service that puts its focus on original shows and movies - so don't expect other shows or movies from the past to be added in the way they are on streamers such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. With its TV shows, it tends to release episodes weekly too as opposed to the binge-watch release style that has become commonplace.

Apple TV Plus Price: What’s the cost of Apple TV Plus?

Here in the UK, Apple TV Plus will set you back £4.99 a month - but you can get three months free if you buy selected Apple products - a good two birds / one stone situation if you need one of those too.

Apple TV Plus free trial: Is a free trial available?

Yep! While sadly not a 30-day trial, you can get an Apple TV Plus 7-day free trial to try out all that the streamer has to offer. That's more than enough time to binge a couple of those shows that you have an interest in.

How to watch Apple TV Plus

On all available devices, so compatible smart TVs, fire sticks and gaming consoles, just search your app store for Apple TV Plus and install it. It is easier to sign up via the website than it is to navigate through the process on devices and it makes signing in a lot easier too so if you have access to a laptop, definitely get yourself set up that way first before logging into the app.

Is Apple TV Plus on PS4 and PS5?

It is indeed. The service was recently added to the PlayStation store, alongside the Xbox store, around the time that the PS5 and the Xbox Series X were released.

Apple TV Plus shows: What series are on Apple TV Plus?

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The library of original shows keeps on growing for Apple TV Plus. Hits like For All Mankind and Ted Lasso have been well received and will both be back for new seasons, while new shows on the way include Time Bandits, Losing Earth, The Custom of the Country and Tom Hiddleston drama The Essex Serpent.

Here is the list of current shows on Apple TV Plus:

  • 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything
  • Acapulco
  • Amazing Stories
  • Becoming You
  • Black Bird
  • Calls
  • Central Park
  • Dear...
  • Defending Jacob
  • Dickinson
  • Doug Unplugs Adventure
  • Dr. Brain
  • Earth at Night in Colour
  • El Deafo
  • For All Mankind
  • Foundation
  • Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock
  • Get Rolling with Otis
  • Ghostwriter
  • Greatness Code
  • Harriet the Spy
  • Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show
  • Home
  • Home Before Dark Mystery
  • Invasion
  • Lincoln's Dilemma
  • Lisey's Story
  • Little America
  • Little Voice
  • Losing Alice
  • Make or Break
  • Mr. Corman
  • Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
  • Now and Then
  • Oprah Talks COVID-19
  • Oprah's Book Club
  • Pachinko
  • Physical
  • Pinecone & Pony
  • Prehistoric Planet
  • Puppy Place
  • Roar
  • Schmigadoon!
  • See
  • Servant
  • Severance
  • Shining Girls
  • Slow Horses
  • Snoopy in Space Adventure
  • Stillwater
  • Suspicion
  • Swagger
  • Ted Lasso
  • Tehran
  • The Afterparty
  • The Big Conn
  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
  • The Line
  • The Long Game: Bigger Than Basketball
  • The Me You Can't See
  • The Morning Show
  • The Mosquito Coast
  • The Oprah Conversation
  • The Problem With Jon Stewart
  • The Shrink Next Door
  • The Snoopy Show
  • They Call Me Magic
  • Tiny World
  • Truth Be Told
  • Trying
  • Visible: Out on Television
  • Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson
  • WeCrashed
  • Wolfboy and the Everything Factory

Apple TV Plus movies: What has been released and what’s coming up?

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On the movie side of things, the Tom Hanks-starring Greyhound was a good example of the type of quality we should expect from Apple TV Plus. And there are many more movies on the way from Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon to Dolly, a courtroom drama that has just cast Florence Pugh as a "companion robot".

  • 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas
  • Argylle
  • Beastie Boys Story
  • Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry
  • Blush
  • Boys State
  • Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You
  • CODA
  • Cherry
  • Come From Away
  • Dads
  • Fathom
  • Finch
  • Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds
  • Greyhound
  • Hala
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
  • It's the Small Things, Charlie Brown
  • Luck
  • Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special
  • Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues
  • On the Rocks
  • Palmer
  • Raymond & Ray
  • Spirited
  • Swan Song
  • The Banker
  • The Elephant Queen
  • The Greatest Beer Run Ever
  • The Sky is Everywhere
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • The Velvet Underground
  • The Year Earth Changed
  • Who Are You, Charlie Brown?
  • Wolfwalkers

Watch the best TV, films and documentaries, all streaming now with Apple TV+

What Apple TV Plus channels are there?

Here in the UK, we can subscribe to several channels through Apple TV. StarzPlay is the main one here with many shows such as Outlander included, while you can also sign up to Acorn TV, Crime Investigation Play, History Play, BFI Player, Noggin, Moonbug Kids, MUBI and Taste Made.

What other streaming platforms are there?

Apple TV Plus is one of the later entrants to the streaming market - and unlike its predecessors Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus and NOW TV, Apple's streaming service has taken the approach of focusing on original content backed by big-name celebrities rather than establishing a back catalogue of older titles.

This is in stark contrast to Netflix, the first major streaming service which placed an emphasis on quantity - it is the home of several classic films and TV shows, on top of the countless hours of original content that is released every year including top shows such as The Crown and Stranger Things.

Fellow streaming service Amazon Prime Video also has a strong selection of both older content and original hits such as The Boys and The Grand Tour, and has also ventured into the world of live sport. However, Amazon Prime Video is notable for the other benefits that come with your subscription - including free next-day delivery for starters.

NOW takes a somewhat different approach, and offers both live-streaming and on-demand viewing of Sky content without a contract. NOW is often the first port of call for major movies after their cinema release, and is the UK home of prestige HBO content such as Game of Thrones and Chernobyl.

Disney Plus is an even newer entrant to the streaming world - but by no means the least. As you would expect Disney Plus is home to old favourites and original shows set in the worlds of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars - including smash hits The Mandalorian and Loki - as well as a few titles you wouldn't expect in its Star section including The Walking Dead and Pam & Tommy.

That's without mentioning services like All 4 and BBC iPlayer - it really is a tight competition to be named the best streaming service around!

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