Apple TV+: November launch and free trial confirmed

Apple TV+ will launch in November, costing £4.99 a month, or 12 months free with selected Apple device purchases.

As reported last month, Apple wants to get ahead of the competition by launching on 1st November, ahead of rival launches from the likes of Disney and Warner Media. But the price is around half the amount some analysts were expecting.

US users will pay $4.99, whilst Eurozone countries will be charged €4.99.

How to access the free trial
Starting today, customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.

Light on content?
Apple has announced the service will launch with a number of high-profile, high-budget programmes, although critics have pointed out that the launch library will be relatively light on content, only building up over the course of the free year being offered to customers buying Apple devices.

Of the programmes to be available to Apple TV+ users, these will include:
  • See, an epic drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind.
  • The Morning Show, a cutthroat drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and starring Steve Carell, explores the world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the morning.
  • Dickinson, a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, explores the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson.
  • For All Mankind, a new series from Ronald D. Moore, imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centrepiece of America’s hopes and dreams.
  • Snoopy in Space, a new original from Peanuts Worldwide and DHX Media, takes viewers on a journey with Snoopy as he follows his dreams to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew take command of the International Space Station and explore the moon and beyond.
There will also be a new book club hosted by Oprah Winfrey.

Further series will be drip-fed on to the service every month.

How to access Apple TV+
Apple+ will be part of the Apple TV app, to be available on Roku, newer Samsung smart TVs, Amazon Fire Sticks as well as across Apple's own devices.