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She bikes to get almost everywhere and has been doored only once. Apple TV Plus launched in late with just nine titles to watch. It's widened its catalog to more than five dozen. But originals are pretty much all Apple TV Plus has. Apple TV Plus lacks a deep library of licensed shows and movies to dive into. The service has original programming almost exclusively. Its lineup of high-end originals has grown to more than five dozen titles since it launched two years ago, including the ones listed above as well as See , a fantasy starring Jason Momoa; Finch , a postapocalyptic Tom Hanks movie about a man, his dog and a robot; and Invasion , a drama series about an alien Still, most other subscription streaming services, like Netflix , HBO Max and Disney Plus , have thousands of hours of programming to watch.
Apple TV Plus also doesn't have its own dedicated app or channel. Its shows are inside the Apple TV app. Yeah, it's confusing. Apple TV Plus offers a seven-day free trial standard for any new subscriber, but you may be able to unlock a much longer free period. This extended free trial applies to both new and refurbished models, including devices from the iPhone Upgrade Program, and it's not restricted to any specific sales channel, so it applies to both Apple Store purchases and those at resellers.
It's available in all countries where Apple TV Plus is operating. Back when Apple TV Plus launched in November , the company offered an extended, one-year free trial for anyone who bought a qualifying Apple gadget. Even though Apple TV Plus is among the cheapest subscription streaming services of its kind, the generous promotion compensated for its lightweight library, which had only nine total titles to watch at the beginning.
Then as Apple TV Plus slowly worked to widen its catalog of original programming, Apple kept extending those yearlong free trials past their expirations multiple times. Many subscribers had never paid for the service as long as it existed up through July 1.
But that changed in July. Apple began charging anyone who had been on a free trial longer than a year starting July 1, and any new subscriber who wants to unlock an extended free trial with an Apple gadget purchase gets only three months free now, not an entire year. Free trials were long the industry standard, but they are becoming more rare. And Apple's one-year free period for gadget owners was atypically long. But unlike Netflix and other subscription streaming services, Apple TV Plus doesn't have its own dedicated app.
Apple TV Plus programming resides inside Apple's TV app, which overall serves as a hub to watch programming from other video subscriptions, and to rent or buy movies and shows a la carte. That can be a little confusing, but the TV app has a tab dedicated just to Apple TV Plus originals, so you can find them all in one place without other stuff that requires separate payments. Apple TV Plus is also available to watch on the web at tv. If you want to watch on an Android phone, or any mobile device besides an iPhone or iPad, you'll have to watch in a web browser.
Apple's TV app isn't available on any mobile devices except the ones Apple makes itself. Apple's shows run the gamut of drama, comedy, documentary -- even undefined deals with a single big star attached. Abrams and other heavy hitters are on board. You can also browse the catalog through third-party services like Reelgood.
Apple's press site also rounds up all Apple TV Plus original titles , including some that have been announced but aren't released yet. Apple planned to give theater runs to some of its films before streaming them on Apple TV Plus, but the coronavirus pandemic has stifled those plans for the time being. If you don't already have an Apple ID, you can create one here.
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While we eagerly wait for the second season to discover what happened to the beloved characters Dylan, Helly, Irving, and Mark, there are some nice new wallpapers that you can use on your iPhone. Apple TV Stories April 8. Apple TV Stories April 7. With MLB games starting this Friday, the company finally unveiled its production details and broadcast team. As reported by Variety , this update will roll out over the next two weeks.
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With a brand-new black remote charged via Lightning cable, it introduced the tvOS operating system with an App Store allowing downloads of third-party apps for video, audio, games, and other content. This device includes the A8 processor and support for Dolby Digital Plus. This model is similar to the fourth-generation model with the only difference being the addition of vents on the base and the removal of the USB-C port.
With a similar design to its predecessor, the main change is the A12 chip and the second-generation Siri Remote. It supports videos up to p and 60 fps. Only available in 32GB storage option, the set-top box uses the second-generation Siri Remote, featuring Bluetooth 4. These are its ports and interfaces: HDMI 1.
These are its ports and interfaces: HDMI 2. It is made of aluminum and rubber buttons. It has a microphone for Siri, an IR transmitter, a Lightning connector for charging and uses Bluetooth 5. You can learn more about the second-generation Siri Remote here.
The alternative Siri Remote from Universal Electronics looks more like a classic TV remote control since it does not have a trackpad and comes with buttons for switching channels and accessing the TV guide. However, it also includes all the buttons needed to navigate through tvOS, including the Siri button and even a built-in microphone.
With it, you can watch movies, shows, or listen to songs while on a FaceTime call on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac with friends. A month after launching tvOS This software brings a new way to view your Memories. Different from tvOS In our opinion article about the previous Apple TV, is its simplicity that people love the most:.
Download the 9to5Toys iPhone app to receive push notifications for new deals as well. It also includes the Apple TV Channels, with over 30 streaming services ready to be subscribed to within the app. You can also search for your library while also being able to buy or rent content from the iTunes Store. Apple TV Stories Today. Allison McDaniel. Apple TV Stories April Ben Lovejoy - Apr.
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Free, Download Movies Anywhere. Plex has long been a favourite app of those who use a media server, and for a while there Apple TV users had to turn to unofficial apps to get their fix. No longer, as Plex is now officially on Apple TV. You can watch your media a number of ways, from streaming to casting to sharing.
Free optional subscription for Plex Pass , Download Plex. Livestream gaming platform Twitch has a very capable Apple TV that you can use to keep up with all of your favorite games and favorite streamers — the app experience is slick and intuitive, and perfectly suited to the bigger screen.
Free, Download Twitch. There are so many streaming services nowadays it's enough to make you want to scream into your credit card statement. Tubi is a neat alternative, offering free streaming of TV shows and movies — and it's all perfectly legal. The big catch here is that you'll need to watch some commercials, but at least you'll also be saving some money. Free, Download Tubi. CBS News' app is about as simple as you can get.
It's essentially one giant streaming news channel. It constantly churns through the news of the day, and it also loops fairly often so if you leave it on in the background you're sure to get your fill. And it is purely news, too; you're not going to get any opinion programs here. Free, Download Reuters TV.
Free, Download Bloomberg: Business News. If you're looking to learn some new recipes, it's hard to do better than Kitchen Stories. It provides excellent video recipes, plus there are a number of tutorials on small things — like how to cut onions. You can also save the recipes and get an instant shopping list for you to check off the next time you're at the grocery store. Free, Download Kitchen Stories. Everyone needs a dose of inspiration or a good new idea to shiny up their life every once in a while.
Hence TED, which provides a wide variety of excellent talks for you to devour. The world is yours. Free, Download TED. Carrot Weather gives you a gorgeous-looking weather forecast on your large Apple TV screen, so you can start or end the day knowing exactly what the local meteorological conditions are going to be for the coming hours. Free, Download Hopster. There are editions for words, addition, sequences and more — and it's so much fun kids might not realize they're learning.
This is actually a suite of apps, but we'd recommend installing them all. Free, Download Ibbleobble. You will never need to read your child a book again — iBooks Storytime takes care of all that for you. Just choose between a number of options, from Dora to Sesame Street, and watch the book pop to life with narration, automatic page-turning and beautiful animations.
Free, Download iBooks Storytime. How does more than 4, hand-picked cartoons, books, and activities for youngsters aged sound for entertaining the little ones? We think it sounds pretty good, and everything you get with your PlayKids subscription is produced to a high standard.
It's fully safe, and fully ad free as you would expect for a paid service. Free requires subscription , Download PlayKids. The Apple TV 4K is a powerful streaming device, and there's really no game that better shows off that power than Asphalt 9 which is why Apple often shows it off when it showcases the Apple TV. GameLoft continually updates the game with new events too, and all of it is for the low, low price of free. Free, Download Asphalt 9: Legends.
If you played Limbo then Inside is definitely worth a look. Another ingenious puzzle platformer, the game has you solving puzzles and avoiding death as you navigate a dark and eerie dystopia, punctuated by some truly incredible moments.
This one's best played with a controller for the full effect here's how to do that. If you're just using the Apple TV remote Rayman Adventures is still a hoot, but it plays like an endless runner, while connecting a controller will give you the more traditional Rayman experience. There are newer, flashier titles out there, but few can match the gameplay and enjoyment you get from this.
Free, Download Rayman Adventures. Karaoke always works best when you have a large group of friends, which makes the Apple TV version of Smule's popular app absolutely perfect. Gather your friends, connect your iPhones via the app, and you're all ready to sing together.
Free, Download Smule Sing! The legendary gameshow is now in your living room with this title. You can download the PlayShow on your smartphone, link it to the Apple TV app, and you'll then be able to play over 30 years' worth of Jeopardy. Free, Download Jeopardy! This RPG throws you into a gorgeous sci-fi world that you must navigate, unravelling its mysteries and defeating robotic foes.
If you've played Supergiant Games' first smash hit, Bastion, you'll have an idea of what to expect here. Now there's also a native app to make the whole process easier. Get a group of friends with iPhones together and race to see who can draw whatever is on the screen. There are now more than games in the library, covering all different genres, and new ones are added on a regular basis. If you've got any Nest cams, whether that be the cameras or the video doorbells, you can keep track of what's going on right from your TV — just download the Nest app and check it out.
Plus, if you've got a Nest Aware subscription you can take a look at past footage too. Free, Download Nest. If your streams are buffering or your app download is taking a bit longer than usual, you may want to test your speed to see if there's something officially wrong with your internet. You can download Speedtest and check out how your home network is doing, and how your Apple TV is pulling in that network.
Free, Download Speedtest. If you've got Canary cameras around your house, you'll be plenty satisfied with the Canary app for Apple TV. If you've got a single camera, you'll be booted into the dashboard every time you launch the app; if you've got multiple cameras, you'll get something called 'location view', which will let you choose between your cameras.
Free, Download Canary. Arlo cameras are HomeKit capable, so if you want to extend the Apple love you can download the Apple TV app and get a live view of your Arlo cameras. Free, Download Arlo. Whether you've got one or one dozen HomeKit-compatible cameras set up in your dwelling, HomeCam for HomeKit lets you see them all on your Apple TV screen — so it's far easier to check in on the details of each frame than it is on your iPhone's tiny display.
You can use the app to control other HomeKit accessories too.
Your next favorite story is waiting. Discover the best movies, series, and shows on the Apple TV app. Apple TV+ is a streaming service with original stories. Get all your favorite TV, all in one app. Watch critically acclaimed Apple Original series and films from Apple TV+. Buy or rent new and popular movies. The YouTube app is available in the App Store for Apple TV (4th generation or higher). This version of the YouTube app makes it easier to find popular.