Apple TV Plus prices: are the apps shows and movies are worth the cost for you?

Apple TV Plus prices are competitive at $4.99 per month, and that includes ad-free 4K content. The service’s selection of Apple Originals has now grown to over 80 titles too.

That’s still some distance behind the likes of HBO Max, Disney Plus, and Netflix of course, and the lack of a substantial back catalog of third-party content may give you pause for thought. But the super low price for Apple TV+ does add a lot of appeal to at least give it a shot. Apple’s original programming is certainly picking up steam, and awards, as soccer-comedy series Tad Lasso recently scooped up a haul of Emmy’s, most notably Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. 

Is Apple TV Plus worth it for its original content alone? Does Apple TV Plus offer any free trials or discounts? Can you access any third-party content on Apple TV? Read our Apple TV Plus guide for answers to these questions and more. 

What is Apple TV Plus?

Apple TV Plus launched in November 2019 with the aim to feature only original content. New Apple Originals shows and films are added to the platform every month.

However, production delays due to COVID-19 prompted Apple to consider adding already-licensed content. So far, Apple TV Plus has acquired streaming rights to the original Fraggle Rock series and the Charlie Brown holiday specials.

Apple TV Plus The Morning Show

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Apple TV Plus prices and bundles

Apple TV Plus costs $4.99 per month (opens in new tab) and includes ad-free content in 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision. You can stream Apple TV Plus on up to six devices simultaneously. 

However, you can save money by purchasing an Apple One bundle, which packages Apple TV Plus with up to five more Apple services. There are three Apple One subscription tiers: Individual, Family, and Premier. 

Apple One Individual includes Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage. At $14.95 per month (opens in new tab), that’s a $6 saving versus purchasing each service separately.

Apple One Family costs $19.95 per month (opens in new tab), an $8 total saving. It can be shared with up to five people and comes with the same services as the Individual plan, although iCloud storage is bumped to 200GB. 

Apple One Premier is $29.95 per month (opens in new tab). Up to five people can share this plan, which includes 2TB of iCloud storage and adds Apple News Plus and Apple Fitness Plus. Opting for this bundle will net you a $25 overall saving.

Is there an Apple TV Plus free trial?

Apple TV Plus comes with a free 7-day trial (opens in new tab). However, there are a couple of ways to score an even longer Apple TV Plus free trial.

You can get one month of Apple TV Plus for free with an Apple One bundle, provided you don’t already have an ongoing free trial or subscription.

Alternatively, purchase a qualifying Apple device from Apple or an authorized retailer and get three months of Apple TV Plus for free.

All Apple TV Plus trials will automatically renew at the standard monthly rate of $4.99 if you don’t cancel ahead of time. 

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What Apple TV Plus shows and movies are there?  

Apple TV Plus is heavily reliant on Apple Originals, which is a mixed bag of comedy and drama series, feature films, documentaries, and kids’ fare. The size of Apple TV Plus’s library may pale in comparison to Netflix’s or Hulu’s but some Apple Originals have already been met with acclaim from viewers and critics.

Perhaps the most well-known Apple Original outside of the aforementioned Ted Lasso, is its flagship drama, The Morning Show, which boasts a star-studded cast of Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. It’s garnered a number of awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy win for Billy Crudup (Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama).

Other standout shows on Apple TV Plus include the animated musical series Central Park from Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers), Peabody Award-winning comedy Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfield, and the Ronald D. Moore (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica) science-fiction drama For All Mankind. 

Apple Original films have been capturing attention lately with the release of Palmer starring Justin Timberlake, The Banker featuring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson, and the Beastie Boys Story directed by Spike Jonze.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Martin Scorsese Apple Original movie Killers of the Flower Moon (opens in new tab) has added Robert De Niro, Leonardo di Caprio, and Lily Gladstone to its cast. 

Apple TV Channels

You can supplement your Apple TV Plus experience with Apple TV Channels, premium networks available a’la carte in the Apple TV app. 

Apple TV Channels cost anywhere between $1.99 and $10.99 per month. Most channels come with a 7-day free trial; Showtime ($10.99/mo.), A&E Crime Central ($4.99/mo.), and History Vault ($4.99/mo.) currently include one month free.

Apple TV Channels does not feature bundle deals, outside of a recently-canceled offer that paired Showtime with CBS All Access for $9.99 a month. That’s in contrast to Hulu, which bundles its service with Disney Plus (opens in new tab) and ESPN Plus (opens in new tab) at a significant discount. Read more in our guide to the best Hulu prices and bundle deals (opens in new tab).

Where can I watch Apple TV+?

Apple TV Plus is available on Apple TV (4K, HD, 3rd-gen), iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

Beyond Apple hardware, Apple TV Plus is supported by Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and select Samsung, Vizio, LG, and Sony Smart TVs.

Apple TV Plus is also accessible via Firefox and Chrome web browsers on Windows, Chrome OS, and Android devices.

How to get Apple TV Plus for free

Apple TV Plus offers a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab) with a standard subscription. Alternatively, subscribe to an Apple One plan and score a free month of Apple TV Plus (opens in new tab) in addition to other Apple services you’re trying for the first time.

Meanwhile, purchase a qualifying new Apple iPhone (opens in new tab), iPad (opens in new tab), iPod touch (opens in new tab), Apple TV (opens in new tab), or Mac (opens in new tab) to receive three months of Apple TV Plus for free. Eligible devices must have been purchased from Apple or an Apple-authorized retailer.

University students can purchase an Apple Music Student plan for $4.99 per month (opens in new tab) and receive Apple TV Plus for free. That’s a total saving of $10 per month. Apple Music Student pricing with free Apple TV Plus lasts for up to four years, as long as you remain a student with a valid .edu email address.

These Apple TV Plus offers are available for new Apple TV Plus subscribers only. If you’ve already taken advantage of a free trial or previously held an Apple TV Plus subscription, you’ll need to sign up with a new email address in order to qualify. 

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Is Apple TV+ worth it?

Apple TV Plus costs $4.99 per month for no commercials, access to original 4K and HDR content, and up to six simultaneous streams. Relative to pricier platforms that are laden with ads or lacking in 4K streaming, Apple TV Plus is a stellar deal.

Apple TV Plus’s small library and lack of third-party content may be potential drawbacks but Apple is steadily building its original content with highly-acclaimed, star-studded productions — and much more is expected to come soon.

Right now, there are several Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Apple Originals available to stream: the Jason Sudeikis-helmed comedy series Ted Lasso, the Irish-produced animated movie Wolfwalkers, and On The Rocks, a film for which Bill Murray earned a Best Supporting Actor nod.

You can augment your Apple TV Plus experience with Apple TV Channels and expand your viewing options beyond Apple Originals, but a lack of bundle deals could make it expensive. If you want more variety and don’t mind a few commercials, head over to Peacock TV and check out its 24/7 virtual channels for free. Take a look at our Peacock TV costs (opens in new tab) guide to see what else NBC’s streaming platform has to offer, including live sports.

For just under $5 a month, Apple TV Plus is a worthwhile investment for quality content you can’t find anywhere else. It remains to be seen when Apple will follow through on building a back catalog of third-party content…and how that could affect the pricing scheme when that time comes.

If you’re on the fence about Apple TV Plus, take advantage of one of its free trials before making a commitment. You can cancel at any time if nothing catches your eye (or after you’ve finished watching what you really wanted).

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