If you missed watching Jason Momoa on Game of Thrones or Oprah Winfrey on her own self-titled long-running show, you can catch both plus more Hollywood stars on Apple TV Plus. Apple's premium video streaming service opens with a modest nine shows, with more coming, the company says. You can watch Apple TV Plus on various or Apple devices as well as a selection of smart TVs and streaming boxes. And while Apple rates the service at $ 4.99 per month, the company offers various ways to watch everything for free for the next 12 months.
Apple TV Plus is an important part of the company's drive to create compelling services. Earlier this year, Apple launched two subscription services ̵1; $ 9.99 a month Apple News Plus and $ 4.99 a month Apple Arcade – which joins the premium version of $ 9.90 a month from Apple Music and paid plans for iCloud storage. Services are a growing part of Apple's business plan to develop and retain customers: In its most recent financial quarter, Apple said it had $ 450 million paid subscriptions for its services, up 36% from a year ago.
Here's what you need to start watching programs on Apple TV Plus.
When is the Apple TV Plus launch date?
You can watch now: The service opened November 1.
What units can I watch?  With the Apple TV app you can watch Apple's streaming service on an iPhone ($ 699 at Apple) or iPod touch ($ 180 at Walmart) with iOS 12.3 or later, an iPad ($ 330 at Walmart) running iPadOS, an Apple TV 4K ($ 169 at Walmart) and HD running tvOS 12.3 or later, and a Mac running Catalina. 2018, 2019 and newer Samsung TVs and a streaming box that can run the Apple TV app, including selected Roku and Amazon Fire ($ 50 on Amazon) devices, should also work. No news on an Android device app. If you do not have a compatible device, you can watch a Safari, Firefox or Chrome browser at tv.apple.com.
How much does Apple's service cost?
After a seven-day free trial, Apple TV Plus will give you $ 4.99 (£ 4.99, AU $ 7.99) per month. Apple also offers an annual plan of $ 49.99, which you may be able to switch to by going where you manage your subscriptions. (On iOS and Apple TVs, you'll find it in Settings. On a Mac, it's in the App Store.)
How about a family plan?
The Family Sharing plan of the service allows six family members to share an Apple TV Plus subscription. Each family member can watch with their own Apple ID.
How do I view for free?
If you purchased a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch on or after September 10, Apple will give you a free year with its premium streaming service. The offer includes units purchased from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller and refurbished models.
To apply for your free year to Apple TV Plus, make sure you are logged in with your Apple ID on your new device and open the Apple TV app. Apple notes that you should run the latest version of your device's operating system and you may need to update the Apple TV app to see the offer.
After opening the app, click the Enjoy 1 Year Free button and follow the instructions. You should be ready to go one year.
If you are a college student with an Apple Music student subscription, you can get Apple TV service with your subscription at no extra cost. A student subscription to Apple Music is $ 4.99 per month.