Apple’s new streaming video service called Apple TV+ is finally launched. Available in over a hundred countries, it offers a variety of shows to watch now and even more to be added later. But what is it, and why is it cool, anyway?

What Is Apple TV+?

Apple TV+ is an ad-free video streaming service that was launched on November 1 and is available by subscription.

How Much Does It Cost?

Apple TV+ comes for $4.99 / £4.99 per month, giving users an ability to share the subscription between up to five other family members or friends.

Can I Get It for Free?

Surprisingly, Apple offers enough deals for those who want to use the service for free. For some time, at least. There are some options of how to get Apple TV+ without paying (almost) anything:

  • New subscribers are offered a 7-day trial.
  • If you bought any iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV on or after September 10, you’ll get a one year’s free trial as a present with no proof of purchase required. However, once this one-year’s subscription runs out, it will renew automatically, so don’t forget to cancel it manually in case if you don’t want to pay for another year.
  • Student subscribed to Apple Music student plan can use Apple TV+ for free as well.

What Devices Support Apple TV+?

Apple devices, such as:

  • iPads and iPhones updated to iOS 12.3 or later
  • Apple TV updated to tvOS 12.3 or later
  • Mac models updated to macOS Catalina

Users can also enjoy the Apple TV+ experience on the Apple TV website in Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. There’s even an option to download preferred shows to watch them offline later.

Non-Apple devices, such as:

  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV (Namely Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K)
  • Recent Samsung TVs

What Shows Are Available Now?

There are nine Apple Originals available at the moment. These include “See”, “For All Mankind”, and “The Morning Show”. Each show has only three episodes now, but new episodes will appear every week on Friday.

The fully available shows are “Dickinson”, “Snoopy in Space”, “Helpsters”, and “Ghostwriter”. The documentary film “The Elephant Queen” as well as “Oprah’s Book Club” can be watched now, too.

The upcoming shows are “Servant”, “Little America”, “Truth Be Told”, and such movies as “The Banker” and “Hala”.