Apple extends free Apple TV + membership
For 5,90 dollar a month, Apple customers can stream series and films. But what does the new offer offer compared to the competition?
In order to be able to exclusively produce more films and series, the market leader Netflix has been raising prices step by step for some time, while Apple TV + is starting with a competitive price. In this country, the new streaming offer costs 5,90 dollar per month. In terms of price, the service is clearly one step ahead. Because Apple TV + costs less than half as much as the standard subscription package from Netflix (14,18 dollar for HD quality when streaming films and series).
Update October 9th: Free membership extended
At the start of Apple TV +, Apple announced that every buyer of a new Apple device would get a free annual subscription. All Apple devices are eligible for the free subscription: iPhone , iPad, iPod Touch, AppleTV and Mac. The offer is still valid, but now Apple is even going one step further.
In principle, everyone who took out the free annual subscription between November 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 will receive a free extension until the end of February 2021. This means that there is up to three months free on top. So if your current annual subscription ends between November 1st and January 31st, you should n’t end it now in order to be able to take the extra months with you.
Those who pay monthly for Apple TV + also benefit from free months. Apple provides users with a credit of 5,90 dollar for each month between November and January. This can be used to either pay the monthly fee for Apple TV + – or films from the iTunes Store and apps from the App Store.
For the extra months, users don’t have to do anything. Apple extends the subscription automatically and does not bill any further. The same goes for the free credit, which should appear simple.
All the requirements to get Apple TV + for free for one year
Even if users who take out Apple TV + now do not benefit from the additional months, there is still the free annual subscription for buyers of a new Apple device. The following requirements must be met for this:
- You have to buy a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch, whether from Apple or another retailer.
- Refurbished devices purchased from Apple are also considered “new” here.
- The free subscription can be started in the Apple TV app.
- The service must be activated in the Apple TV app within 3 months of first setting up the new Apple device.
But watch out: the subscription is automatically renewed after one year at the monthly price of 5,90 dollar per month, but can be canceled at any time in the settings. This must be done at least one day before the respective renewal date. Canceling in advance isn’t a good idea: According to Apple, customers who cancel during the offer period will lose the rest of their offer.
Small selection for a small price
Why is that? Quite simply, Apple doesn’t seem to be able to ask for more for the time being. At the start there were a meager 11 series. The range has now been expanded to include 35 series and 11 films from our own production. But a cross-comparison shows: Netflix customers currently have access to almost 1,100 TV series and around 2,700 films, while Prime Video subscribers can choose between more than 600 TV series and 3,400 feature films.
As with the competition, the focus is on in-house productions. A number of industry giants were hired to guarantee success, such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, JJ Abrams, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan. These obligations sometimes resulted in the first formats that will be available right from the start:
- “Amazing Stories” (horror / mystery series by Steven Spielberg)
- “Dickinson” (Comedy / Coming-of-age Story)
- “See” (future dystopia)
- “The Morning Show” (comedy drama)
- “Truth Be Told” (Drama Series)
- “For All Mankind” (SciFi series)
- “Helpsters” (children’s series by the Sesame Street makers)
- “Snoopy In Space” (Peanuts series)
- “Oprah Winfrey” (talk show)
- “Ghostwriter” (youth series)
- “The Elephant Queen” (Documentary)
Apple TV + can be shared with up to six family members. However, the number of free subscriptions in a family is limited to one, regardless of the number of devices purchased.