Apple TV+ : Everything You Need to Know About Apple's New TV Subscription Service
Apple has rolled up the sleeves of its black polo-neck and waded into the online-streaming war with the much-anticipated launch of Apple TV+ - and they’re spending huge money from the off. Launched today, November 1, the streaming service has plohghed money into sci-fi epics, star studded dramas and historical dramas.
There's also Hala, a drama about a Muslim teenager coping with family life, Netflix and Amazon Prime now have company, but is it worth signing up? Find out with our comprehensive guide to Apple TV+.
Has Apple TV+ launched?
Yes, Apple TV+ went live across the world today, November 1st.
How much does Apple TV+ cost?
It costs $5 a-month and the first week is free, or when you buy a Mac, iPhone or iPad you’ll get one year of free Apple TV+. If you want to hook it up to your television then you’ll need to buy the little Apple TV+ box that just plugs into your HDMI port. A standard 32gig box is $165, a 4k 32gig box is $200 and a 4k 64gig box is $220. This way you can record shows and store them, but if you only intend to watch by streaming on your phone or iPad then you just need the app.
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Why should we be excited?
Apple has spent big to create new films and series and a lot of serious names are involved.
The highest-profile title of Apple's new slate of original series is The Morning Show which has been commissioned for an initial two-season, 20-episode order for a staggering price of $300 million following a bidding war with several other networks. That Apple was able to outbid rivals is a sign of their intent as they look set to establish themselves as a credible rival to Netflix and Amazon.
Other series slated to appear include Steven Spielberg’s reboot of Amazing Stories, the fantasy and horror anthology series that ran in the '80s. Oprah Winfrey has a televised version of her Book Club, director Taika Waititi is rebooting of Terry Gilham’s Time Bandits as a TV series, there’s an as-yet-untitled Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney comedy based around a video game studio and projects from M. Night Shyamalan, J.J. Abrams and Damien Chazelle are in the works.
Perhaps most innovative of all, Sesame Street is teaming up with Apple TV+ to come out with Helpsters, a children's show that will teach preschoolers to develop early coding skills.
They’re also showing first-run films, including later this month, Hala, a drama about a Muslim teenager coping with the unravelling of her family. Significantly, it premiered at Sundance earlier this year and was bought by Apple after its screening. If this is a sign of things to come from Apple then we could be seeing even more films make their first run on streaming services rather than in cinemas, following on from the comparable spending sprees by Netflix and Amazon Prime at festivals throughout this year.
Hala, Apple TV+
Which original shows should we look out for?
The Morning Show
Described as a high-stakes drama, it’s based on Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon head an impressive cast that also features Mark Duplass, Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Other networks wanted this, but Apple won the bidding war paying huge fees to make this happen. Aniston and Witherspoon alone are getting a reported $2 million-an-episode.
For All Mankind
Sci-fi series from Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) set during an alternate-history Cold War in which the Soviet Union lands a man on the moon before the United States causing an escalation of activity and setting up the premise of "what if the Space Race had never ended?". Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, and Sarah Jones head the cast.
An original concept from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games series). Set centuries in the future, when humans have lost the ability to see and have developed new ways to interact and survive, but that world threatens to change when twins are born with the power of sight. The per-episode price tag is reportedly $15 million so if nothing else, it should look good.