Apple TV+ Launches Nov 1
Apple® has announced that its new OTT service, Apple TV+, will launch on November 1. Apple TV Plus is the latest in over-the-top ad-free subscription-based video on demand web television services available to U.S. customers. Apple TV+ content will be available via streaming direct to viewers over the internet.
Apple® has announced that its new OTT service, Apple TV+, will launch on November 1 for $4.99 a month. Apple describes their service as “the first all-original video subscription service and home for today’s most imaginative storytellers.”
“We look forward to giving audiences everywhere the opportunity to enjoy these compelling stories within a rich, personalized experience on all the screens they love.”
“Each Apple TV+ original offers its own unique story, fresh perspective and powerful message — all meant to entertain, connect and inspire cultural conversations.”
–Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video.
Which is a pretty big call for what is, essentially, just another OTT video subscription service to add to the increasingly large list of online TV and movie content providers. On the plus-side, Apple’s original content certainly looks appealing!
Apple’s TV lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries will include “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “See,” “For All Mankind” and “The Elephant Queen.”
Subscribers will be able to watch Apple TV+ originals both online and offline. Original TV programs and movies are available to buy or rent – including the latest blockbusters from iTunes. Top-rated prime-time TV shows, live sports, and news from leading cable providers will also be viewable on demand via the app.
Programs will be available ad-free and on demand on the Apple TV app, which comes pre-installed on the latest iPhone, iPad, plus on Apple TV and iPod touch and on select Samsung smart TVs. Subscribers will also be able to watch on the web. In the future, the Apple TV app will be available on Mac with macOS® Catalina and Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms.
To encourage sales of Apple devices, customers who purchase any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting from today can get one year of Apple TV+ for free.
Good news for families, the Apple TV+ app will support Family Sharing – so up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription. Currently, family sharing only allows content streaming on three devices at the same time, and you’ll need an internet connection with enough bandwidth to support simultaneous streaming.
There isn’t a huge amount of content to start with. Apple TV+ will have only nine confirmed titles at launch. Another five will be added in the following months. Unlike Netflix, Apple’s TV shows won’t launch with complete seasons. Instead, only a few episodes will be available at premiere with one new episode planned for release each week.
All-New, Exclusive Apple+ Originals
- “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.
- “The Morning Show,” – 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.
- “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.
- “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 centerpiece of America’s hopes and dreams.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Ghostwriter,” a reinvention of the beloved original series, follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighborhood bookstore, and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature.
And Oprah 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
If you prefer streaming TV over cable or satellite services, and you have the internet speeds and unlimited data to suit, then Apple TV+ is another OTT service set to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and the new Disney Plus.
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