Is Apple TV Plus Worth It?

Apple’s exclusive streaming service, Apple TV+, has been around for some time now offering movies and shows to those subscribed. The streaming service launched back in 2019 with a limited number of original content but has since steadily grown to include a vast library ever since.

Apple TV Plus subscribers have grown steadily over the years and by now, the streaming service has award-winning original programs. It’s still comparatively cheaper than other platforms as well. For those looking to give it a try, Apple offers three months of free trial upon purchase of an Apple device. Read on to know if the service is worth the charges.

Apple TV+ currently costs $6.99 per month

AppleTV+ Pricing

The streaming platform is currently being offered at a monthly price of $6.99, with up to three months of free trial for those who purchase an Apple device. Hulu costs the same with just 30 days of the free trial period available for new subscribers. Both Apple TV+ and Hulu also offer up to six profiles and can stream up to 4K on supported devices.

Disney+ and Netflix do not have a free trial period. Disney+ charges $8 for up to IMAX enhanced quality on select devices. Netflix is being offered at $10 for 480p quality streaming which will look bad even on mobile devices. Thus comparatively, it’s quite clear that Apple TV Plus offers better value for money if users don’t mind their limited originals.

Popular Originals

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Apple TV+ offers up to 113 original shows and movies which might differ region-wise, with more shows planned for the near future. 10 of the most popular originals are listed below:

  • Ted Lasso (2020-present)
  • Dickinson (2019-2021)
  • Little America (2020-present)
  • The Morning Show (2019-present)
  • Trying (2020-present)
  • Pachinko (2022-present)
  • Severance (2022-present)
  • Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)
  • Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You (2021)
  • Boys State (2020)

These shows can be streamed on third-party TVs and gaming consoles and just about any desktop web browser too.

Best Features on Apple TV Plus

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Not only is Apple TV+ affordable enough but also streams award-winning shows. Only Disney+ offers an extra user profile when compared to Apple TV+. Netflix costs $3 more than Apple TV+ and lacks not just in streaming quality but also shared profiles.

The next best feature is its separate subscription named Apple TV Channels. This features third-party streaming partners and shows. Apple has partnered with HBO, CBS All Access, Showtime, and others in the US. In the UK, there’s Starzplay, Arrow TV, and BFI Player, among others. Subscribers can pay extra to opt-in and access these channels, and bring more shows home.

The Big Question – Is Apple TV Plus Worth It?

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Given the quality of content and the select third-party channels, Apple TV Plus subscribers will always have something to watch. Not only can subscribers stream content in 4K but also find something that’s suited for everyone. Apple TV+ wins when it comes to the quality of content available even if it’s not as extensive as other platforms.

One can bet Apple TV Plus will be a lot more extensive, and even gain an upper hand on the sheer number of originals in a few years. With the growing number of subscribers, the user base is only going up.

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