Apple is not a new name in today’s world. However, their Apple TV+ is a relatively new contender in the VOD field, but it is already making its mark with it’s Apple Originals, exclusive dramas, award-winning shows, kids content, and much more. In case you didn’t come across this one, here are few confusions you have: –
- How much does it cost?
- What are the different shows on it?
- What are its features?
- Is it worth it?
Find the answers to your questions down below.
What is Apple TV+?
Apple TV+ is a streaming service owned by Apple Inc, introduced in November 2019. It is a VOD exclusive to Apple devices, though it is available on a few competitor ones as well. You can access Apple TV+ through the Apple TV app or website.
Apple TV+ features a variety of original content of all genres. It is different from Apple TV Channels, that provides individual TV channels to be purchased and viewed.
- TV Shows: Original TV shows in Drama, Comedy and Thriller to provide entertainment for all.
- Movies: A small collection of critically acclaimed movies, with more to come soon.
- Children’s content: Cartoons and TV shows geared towards a younger audience.
- Documentaries: Apple TV+ also houses a few groundbreaking documentaries, with more to come.
What are Apple TV+ Plans and Pricing?
Apple TV+ is available as a free trial for a week, after which the subscription will automatically renew.
Apple TV+ Subscriptions
- INR 99 per month unless cancelled. To avail the free trial, simply click on the ‘Try It Free’ button. The trial can be cancelled one day before the renewal date to prevent automatic renewal. You can share the membership with up to 5 Family Sharing members.
Offers for Apple TV+ Free
- You can avail a one-year free subscription to Apple TV+ with the purchase of an Apple device. Eligible devices will have ‘Enjoy One Year Free’ option. The one-year free subscription can be utilized within three months. Only one subscription is offered per Family Sharing group.
- Those with the student subscription to Apple Music can access Apple TV+ at no additional cost. An Apple Music student plan is available at USD 4.99 per month. This offer is available for only a limited time.
What is the Available Apple TV+ Content?
Apple TV+ features content in various genres including Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, Drama and more, as well as shows for kids. Apple TV+ is admittedly lacking in content compared to most other OTTs, since it has been launched less than a year ago and features only original content.
- TV Shows: The stars of Apple TV+ are definitely its Original TV shows of many genres. They range from dramas like ‘Defending Jacob’, to comedies like ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ and docu-series like ‘Home’.
- Movies: The movie collection on Apple TV+ is admittedly humble, but it is growing and includes well-received movies like ‘Hala’ and ‘The Banker’.
- Children’s content: There is a dedicated collection of kids content in Apple TV+ such as Here We Are and Ghostwriter, which ensure ample entertainment for youngsters as well.
- Documentaries: Apple TV+ also hosts amazing documentaries such as Beastie Boys Story.
Popular Apple TV+ Shows
- For All Mankind
- Amazing Stories
Popular Apple TV+ Movies
- The Banker
- The Elephant Queen
- Beastie Boys Story
Popular Kids Shows
- Snoopy in Space
- Fraggle Rock: Rock On!
How Can I enable Apple TV Plus Subscription?
Follow these steps to subscribe to Apple TV+:
- Visit the webpage on https://tv.apple.com/in or download the Apple TV app.
- Click on ‘Sign In’ at the top right of the screen.
- Click on the ‘Try It Free’ button to avail the free trial.
And that’s it, you’ve successfully signed up! Now you are free to browse the exclusive content on Apple TV+.
What Are the Apple TV+ Features?
- Videos can be downloaded to watch offline.
- Apple TV+ is completely ad-free.
- Downloads are available for up to 30 days after downloading.
- The first two episodes of most series are available to preview for those who sign in with an Apple ID
- You can share your subscription with up to five people
- Set parental controls for an account by logging in with that account, going to Account Settings, choosing Parental controls and setting a 4-digit pin and age rating.
- You have buttons to rewind and forward 15 seconds while watching a video
- You can set preferred audio track and subtitle for each video from the available languages in the Audio Language settings
- Videos can be played Picture-in-picture to browse other videos while watching.
- Free one-week trial for all new users, as well as a one-year free subscription with Apple devices
What Are Some Alternatives and Competitors to Apple TV+?
- Netflix is arguably the most popular video streaming services with a diverse content of all genres and in several languages. Now Netflix has over 137 million subscribers worldwide, and the numbers only keep growing.
- Amazon Prime Video is an OTT owned by Amazon. It was launched on September 2006 in the United States and December 2016 worldwide. Amazon Originals premiered with comedy series “Alpha House” and “Betas” and several more like “Good Omens” and “Carnival Row” premiered in 2019.
- Zee5 was launched in February 2018 by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited. Movies and series in 12 languages and Live TV with over 90 channels are available with 100,000+ hours’ worth of content.
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|Free Trial or
|7-Day Free Trial||1 month||No||No free trial, some content is free||Free||No|
|Monthly Plan||INR 99||INR 500 (1 User)
INR 600 (2 Users)
INR 800 (4 Users)
|INR 129||Premium – INR 299 per month||Free||5|
|Yearly Plan||NA||–||INR 999||VIP – INR 399
Premium – INR 1,499
|Simultaneous Streaming||5 devices||1 to 4 Users||Unlimited||1 User||1 User||1 User|
|Premium Features||Unlimited access to subscription content, ad-free streaming, Offline downloads||Unlimited Access, HD & UHD Streaming||Unlimited Access to PrimeVideo, PrimeMusic & Kindle e-Books,
|VIP – Content dubbed in Hindi, Tamil or Telugu. Selected Hotstar specials & Disney+ content, kids content, Selected Digital Premeries before TV. Contains Ads.
PREMIUM – Ad Free Streaming. All VIP Content + Premium Titles. All Disney+ Originals, kid content, Digital premieres, American shows and movies movies in English, Before TV access to selected shows. Unlimited Live Sports. Latest Bollywood and regional movies.
|Free – Parental Control, HD Playback, and subtitles are available.||Unlimited access to content anytime, a new documentary every day.|
|Offers||Eligible Apple devices come with 1-year free subscription for Apple TV+
Apple Music student users can avail Apple TV+ services for free.
|Free subscription for selected Airtel & Vodafone Users||Free for selected users of BSNL, Airtel & Vodafone||1 year VIP membership free with 365 Flipkart Supercoins
Disney+ Hotstar Premium for free, with JioTV Subscription
|Service & Content Type||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Documentaries, Originals, Kids Content||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Sports & News , Regional Content, Kids Content||Free movies, TV shows, and documentaries||On Demand Streamin, Documentaries Only|
|Data Usage per Hour||NA||750 MB (HD)||925 MB (SD), 2.2 GB (HD), 6 GB (4K/UHD)||1.3 GB(HD)||900 MB (HD)||N/A|
Which Devices Support Apple TV+?
- Web Browser
- iOS: All Apple devices (iOS 10.2 and later)
- Amazon Fire TV
- Select LG and Samsung TVs
- Airplay 2 Enabled TVs
Unfortunately, Apple TV+ is not available on Chromecast, Android devices, Android TVs. Check here for the full list of compatible devices(Supported devices).
The Pros and Cons of Apple TV+
- Free previews for most shows.
- A user-friendly UI
- Relatively inexpensive subscription plans
- No ads to interrupt your experience
- 7-day Free Trial
- Those with Apple Music Student Subscription plan can access all content for free
- Share your subscription with up to five family members
- Compared to other OTTs, it is lacking in content
- Not available on Chromecast, Android devices or Android TVs
- With Apple Music Student subscription, you can only stream on one device
Apple TV+ Subscription – Is it Worth it?
Apple TV+ is smooth and user-friendly while providing much entertainment. So you should subscribe to Apple TV+ if you:
- Are interested in the original Apple TV+ content
- Want a comparatively affordable streaming service providing varied content
How to Cancel Apple TV+ Subscription
Login to the iTunes store. Go to the Manage Subscriptions tab. Click on ‘Cancel Subscription’ on the pack you wish to unsubscribe from.