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From: J.F. Sebastian8/29/2021 12:05:11 AM
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Ted Lasso, See and more: What movies and shows are on Apple TV Plus?

Apple TV Plus launched in late 2019, offering a yearlong free trial to people who purchased Apple gadgets — a free period that Apple kept extending (until now).

Apple TV PlusApple’s subscription video service aimed at competing with the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus and HBO Max — features original TV shows and movies … and only original shows and movies. Unlike its main competitors, it doesn’t have a deep catalog for you to dive into. Instead, Apple TV Plus has a relatively small (but growing) lineup of high-end originals like Ted Lasso, See with Jason Momoa, and Sundance Film Festival award-winner CODA.

It also doesn’t have its own dedicated app (or channel). Apple TV Plus‘ shows live inside the Apple TV app. (And the Apple TV app is different from the Apple TV streaming device. Yeah, it’s confusing.)

In addition, Apple TV Plus recently shook up the deals that let most of its subscribers watch its original shows and movies free. This month, many existing customers were charged for the first time, and Apple also has phased out a longtime offer for a yearlong free trial. So to watch Ted Lasso’s new episodes, many members are paying for the service for the first time.

What is Ted Lasso’s season 2 release schedule?

Ted Lasso‘s second season premiere became available to stream on Apple TV Plus early on July 23, with a single episode available to stream. The show is expected to have 12 episodes, with each new one dropping every Friday. That would set its season finale on Oct. 8.

How do I watch Ted Lasso, CODA, See and the rest of Apple TV Plus’ originals?

Unlike Netflix and other subscription streaming services, Apple TV Plus doesn’t have its own dedicated app. The 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 in one place without other kinds of programming you need to pay for separately.

Apple’s TV app (and, by extension, Apple TV Plus) is available for:

Apple devices that can stream video include: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV streaming boxes, iPod Touch and Macs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Google TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Samsung smart TVs, LG smart TVs, Vizio smart TVs, Sony smart TVs. Apple TV Plus is also available to watch on the web at tv.apple.com.

However, 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 the company makes itself.

How much does Apple TV Plus cost?

Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month, or $50 for an annual subscription. By comparison, Disney Plus is $8 a month, with a library of movies and shows that dwarfs Apple's. And Netflix, the world’s biggest subscription streaming service, prices its most popular plan at $13 a month in the US; it offers other tiers at $9 and $16 a month.

Apple is also including Apple TV Plus with its Apple Music student-discount plan, now offering both streaming services in the $5-a-month deal at no extra cost.

Apple TV Plus is also available as part of a discount bundle of services called Apple One. Long expected since Apple began making subscription services a bigger strategy, Apple One ranges in price from $15 to $30 a month for different combinations of subscriptions. Apple TV Plus is included in all tiers of Apple One; depending on the tier, Apple One bundles may also include Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, storage service iCloud and the coming guided-workout service Apple Fitness Plus. ( Disney Plus had offered something similar by packaging that service with both Hulu and ESPN Plus.)

Does Apple TV Plus offer a free trial?

Apple TV Plus has a seven-day free trial standard for any new subscriber.

Starting July 1, Apple TV Plus offers an extended, three-month free trial to people who buy an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac.

The 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 first launched in November 2019, 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. Apple TV Plus launched with only nine original titles and no catalog of older shows.

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. One analyst estimated that 62% of Apple TV Plus accounts were freeloading with some sort of promotion.

But that changed this month. Apple charged 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. Services like Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max and Peacock have all phased out their standard free trials for new members. And Apple’s one-year free period for gadget owners was atypically long. The tactic worked well for Apple Music, though. Apple launched its music service with an extended, six-month free trial, and Apple Music quickly became the world’s second most popular music service by subscribers behind Spotify.

How do I cancel Apple TV Plus?

The simplest way for you to cancel Apple TV Plus, regardless of how you signed up or what device you’re using, is to sign in with your account’s Apple ID at tv.apple.com. Click or tap the small circular account icon in the upper right corner and select Settings. Then scroll down to Subscriptions and, finally, tap the link to Manage. From there, you can choose to cancel your subscription.

Much more at: techtelegraph.co.uk
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