Apple TV+ video streaming: 5 things you need to know

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Director Steven Spielberg speaks during an event launching Apple tv+ at Apple headquarters on March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, California.(AFP)
Director Steven Spielberg speaks during an event launching Apple tv+ at Apple headquarters on March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, California.(AFP)

New Delhi : Apple, an American tech company is making all stone turned to re-invent itself as a ‘services’ company. On a big event held on March 25, the company has introduced a new suite of services including a video streaming platform that will challenge the on-going Netflix and Amazon. It's the Apple TV+, a new platform featuring original shows, movies and documentaries. 

Apple TV+ is an entertainment platform backed by top Hollywood artists including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, JJ Abrams, Jason Momoa, M Night Shyamalan, Jon M Chu and more. The platform has been updated with new Apple TV application and TV channels. And, all these services will be offered in a single package. 

If Apple TV+ is attracting your eye-balls then here are five things you should know about this new video streaming platform.

Apple TV+ subscritpion price

Though not official disclosed, report claims that the Apple TV+ subscription will cost around $9.99 per month. However, the company confirms that it will soon announce pricing and availability of Apple TV+ later this fall.

Apps in Apple TV+

The new Apple TV+ comes with a new interface and Netflix-style recommendations. Apple TV will now personalise experience for users based on their preferences. The platform will feature suggestions from shows and movies from over 150 streaming applications including Amazon Prime and Hulu. 

The Apple TV services will cover DirectTV Now and PlayStation Vue. The platform will be easily accessible in iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, smart TVs and other streaming devices.

Apple TV channels

Starting May this year, Apple TV subscribers can access a new “Apple TV channels”. As the name implies, it’s an a la carte platform with access to services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, and EPIX among others.

Apple TV original content

Competing Netflix and Amazon, Apple is also investing in Original content exclusive to its Apple TV+ platform. Accordingly, the company announced original shows featuring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon among others. The list of original content is as follows: Amazing Stories, The Morning Show, See, Little America, Helpsters, Little Voice, Are You Sleeping?, Dickinson, For All Mankind, M. Night Shyamalan Show, Untitled Series from It’s Always Sunny Creators, Central Park, and Toxic Labor, Untitled Mental Health Doc, and a TV Book Club?

Privacy in Apple TV

Apple TV platform will not allow publishers and third-party service providers to access users’ data. This also includes blocking service providers from serving targeted ads.