For 4.99 euros 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 4.99 euros 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 (11.99 euros for HD quality when streaming films and series).
Update January 19, 2021: Free membership extended again
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 signed up for the free annual subscription between November 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 will receive a free extension until the end of July 2021, as reported by the US technology portal “ 9to5Mac ” . It is the second extension that Apple is giving its subscribers. In October 2020, the company added another 3 months to the 12 free months. So there are now 9 months extra – a total of 21 months of free Apple TV +.
If your current Apple TV + subscription expires at the end of January, you should n’t end it now so that you can still take the extra months with you. According to 9to5Mac, the same applies to subscribers whose subscription runs until the end of July. You also get 6 more months of free access to Apple TV +.
Those who pay monthly for Apple TV + also benefit from free months. Apple provides users with a credit of 4.99 euros for each month between January and July. 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 applies to the free credit, which should simply appear in the store.
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“Apple continues to offer its streaming service free of charge. Actually a great thing and great for users. However, one has to ask why the company is so generous. If the service ran great and the offer would attract potential new customers or retain existing customers, Apple would probably get paid for the service. So is the campaign just a means to shine in the user statistics? I myself had a free subscription to Apple TV + for a year. I terminated the service on time because I did not want an extension. Shortly after my termination came the news that Apple TV + would remain free for the time being. Now one could assume that I am disappointed that I cannot benefit myself. However, I haven’t used Apple TV + once in the whole year – and that means something for me as a streaming fan. In my opinion, Apple TV + should invest in a better program in order to compete as a true competitor for Netflix, Amazon Video and Co. Until then, the service will unfortunately not be of interest to me, even as a free version. “
Offer still very limited
The corona pandemic also hit Apple TV + hard. Current productions were stopped in March and only resumed in late summer. Although there is no official statement, it can be assumed that this also played a role in the extension of the free trial period. Only now are trailers for new original series and films that will appear on the streaming site in the course of 2021.
At the start of Apple TV + there were just 11 series. The offer has now been expanded to 34 series and 13 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 subscribers to Prime Video can choose between more than 600 TV series and 3,400 feature films.
|Amazing stories||Drama / Sci-Fi||Edward Burns
|Defending Jacob||Drama / crime||Chris Evans
|For All Mankind||Drama / Sci-Fi||Joel Kinnaman
|Home Before Dark||Drama / mystery||Brooklynn Prince
|lake||Drama / Sci-Fi||Jason Momoa
|Servant||Drama / thriller||Lauren Ambrose
Nell Tiger Free
|The Morning Show||drama||Jennifer Aniston
|Truth be told||drama||Octavia Spencer
|Ghostwriter||comedy||Todd Alexander Cohen
|Little America||Comedy / drama||Suraj Sharma
|Little Voice||Rom-Com||Brittany O’Grady
|Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet||comedy||Rob McElhenney
|Ted Lasso||comedy||Jason Sudeikis
|Central Park||animation||Kristen Bell
|Doug Unplugs||animation||Brandon James Cienfuegos, Kyrie McAlpin, Becky Robinson, Leslie David Baker|
|Snoopy in Space||animation||Terry McGurrin
Johnathan Phillp Martin
Eva Ariel Binder
|Becoming You||Documentary series||Olivia Colman|
|Dear …||Documentary series||Rachael Iczkowski
Charles James Adams
|Earth At Night In Color||Documentary series||Tom Hiddleston|
|Greatness Code||Documentary series||Usain Bolt
|Long way up||Documentary series||Ewan McGregor
|Tiny World||Documentary series||Paul Rudd|
|Visible: Out on Television||Documentary series||Wilson Cruz
|Oprah’s Book Club||Talk show||Oprah Winfrey
|Oprah Talks COVID-19||Talk show / interview||Oprah Winfrey
|The Oprah Conversation||Talk show||Oprah Winfrey
|Helpsters||Family / education||Jennifer Barnhart
|Helpsters Help You||Family / education||Stephanie D’Abruzzo
|Fraggle Rock: Rock On!||family||John Tartaglia
Frankie Cordero |
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.
|The banker||drama||Anthony Mackie
Samuel L. Jackson
|On the rocks||Comedy / drama||Bill Murray
|Greyhound||Action / drama||Tom Hanks
|Wolfwalkers||Animation / adventure||Honor Kneafsey
|Beastie Boys Story||documentary||Beastie Boys
|Boys State||documentary||Ben Feinstein
|Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You||documentary||Roy Bittan
|Dads||documentary||Bryce Dallas Howard
|Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds||documentary||Werner Herzog
|The Elephant Queen||documentary||Sadoc Vazkez
|Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth||Animation, short film||Meryl Streep
|Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special||Family / adventure||Mariah Carey
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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 4.99 euros 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.
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.