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Apple TV+: shows, compatible devices, UK pricing and release

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Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon star in Apple TV+ comedy-drama The Morning Show

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The iPhone maker is taking on Netflix with original shows fronted by Hollywood’s finest

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Friday, October 18, 2019 - 11:16am

Apple is just two weeks away from launching a new TV and video service in a bid to claim the top spot in the streaming market. 

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Unveiled by Steven Spielberg during the tech giant’s keynote in March, Apple TV+ will be available across a host of both the company’s own products and third-party devices. 

Viewers who subscribe to the new service will be able to access a range of exclusive original TV shows and movies starring some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell. 

Here’s what we else you need to know:

What is Apple TV+?

Apple TV+ is the California-based multinational’s answer to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. 

These competitors offer extensive catalogues of existing shows and movies, as well as original content, but Apple will offer a more streamlined content library that prioritises new shows funded by the company, says MacRumors

Or as What Hi-Fi? puts it, Apple TV+ “is all about original, ad-free content. No re-runs, no licensed content, just originals created purely for the service.”

Apple TV+ should not be confused with the Channels section on the Apple TV app, which allows users to subscribe to other streaming services, such as MTV Hits and HBO in the US, without having to download a separate app.  

What shows will be on Apple TV+? 

Headlining the streaming service is The Morning Show, which sees Friends star Aniston returning to television for the first time since the final episode of the hit sitcom aired in 2004, says the London Evening Standard. In the new comedy-drama, she plays a fictional daytime TV presenter who works for “a network grappling with the firing” of another of its hosts after “allegations are made about his behaviour”.

The show, which also stars Carell and Reece Witherspoon, may “reflect real events of the #MeToo movement”, including the sacking of NBC news host Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct allegations in 2017, the newspaper adds. 

Another Apple-funded show heading to our screens is See, a sci-fi series that takes place 600 years in the future and features Aquaman star Jason Momoa, The Independent reports. Apple is also launching a second sci-fi series, For All Mankind, which is set around an “alternate history of the moon landings”.

Other Apple TV+ shows will include Truth Be Told, which follows a true-crime podcaster as she “reinvestigates a murder”, and Lisey’s Story, about a woman “facing repressed realisations about her husband two years after his death”, the news site says. 

When does it launch?

Apple TV+ launches in more than 100 countries including the UK on 1 November.

And how much does it cost?

TV lovers can subscribe to the service for £4.99 per month, says TechRadar

And customers who buy an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV box gain free access to the service for one year. 

Which devices support it?

According to Macworld, users can sign up to the service through Apple’s TV app. The software is available on iPhone, iPad, Mac computers and the Apple TV box, as well as some supported third-party smart TVs.

The service can also be accessed through Amazon Fire TV, with Samsung, Roku, LG, Vizio, and Sony all set to support the service at a later date, according to the Apple news site. Viewers with newer TV sets from Samsung, LG, Sony or Vizio can stream shows from their Apple device using AirPlay 2.

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