Movies in Apple TV

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It’s no secret that major streaming services like Netflix and Stan are the definition of convenience. Gone are the days of waiting for your favourite movie to hit the DVD store – streaming is here, and it’s here to stay. Subscription platforms are great for a lazy day, but what happens when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? You know that feeling – when you’ve set your mind on a movie, and you just have to watch it? Well, that’s where Apple TV comes in. The smart TV app provides you with direct access to the iTunes Movie library, whereby you can peruse thousands of movie options, from the latest releases to the old-time classics. Sure, you may have to pay to rent or purchase, but when you get the itch for a specific movie, what can you do?

Here’s a list of the top 10 movies on Apple TV you can’t afford to skip over (in our opinion, anyway):

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Get Out
  • Se7en
  • Instant Family
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Love, Simon
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Lion
  • God’s Own Country
  • Free Solo

Crazy Rich Asians

If you’re stuck on the plot for this one – take a hint from the title. Based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book by the same name, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu), a Chinese-American professor of economics who, despite her Chinese heritage, is considered very American. When her hunky boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) asks her to accompany him back to his home town of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, she thinks nothing of it. But upon arrival, she discovers Nick’s family is obscenely wealthy – and he is one of Singapore’s more eligible bachelors. Enter: the crazy rich Asians, disapproving of American-girlfriend-Rachel, and desperate to break the couple up. And there’s one more desperate, crazy and richer than them all – Nick’s mum.

Get Out

Jordan Peele’s Get Out generated an insane amount of buzz when it came out in 2017, and quite rightly so. The movie stars rising star Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, an African-American photographer who reluctantly agrees to accompany his Caucasian girlfriend Rose Armitage (played by Allison Williams) to meet her family in upstate New York. Upon arrival, Chris is surprised by her parent’s overly accommodating nature, but he interprets it as a way of them dealing with their daughter’s interracial relationship. However, as Chris spends more time at the family home, he begins to grow suspicious of Rose’s parents and their strange obsession with hypnosis, strange lunch parties, and strange black servants. We don’t want to say any more in case you haven’t watched it yet, but the ending is out of this world. A must watch.


Did someone say Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and one of the greatest crime thrillers of all time? Released in the mid-90s after The Silence of the Lambs gave birth to a new genre exploring the minds of high-IQ serial killers, ‘Se7en’ is not one for the faint-hearted. The movie follows two homicide detectives – the ambitious and young David Mills (Brad Pitt) and experienced veteran William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) in their pursuit of a serial killer who chooses his victims and justifies his crimes based on the seven deadly sins; gluttony, lust, greed, sloth, pride, envy and wrath. The two detectives race against the clock to catch sociopath ‘John Doe’ (Kevin Spacey) before he completes his twisted game – but his victims are racking up and his plan for the final two sins are worse than you could imagine.

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Instant Family

Grab the tissues because this one’s a bit of a tear-jerker (in a happy-sad way!). Based on the true story of writer-director Sean Anders, Instant Family follows Ellie (Rose Bryne) and Pete Wagner (Mark Wahlberg), a couple who have a great life but feel like one thing is missing. Ellie suggests to Pete they should look into adoption, and they begin attending classes with social workers Karen and Sharon (the hilarious Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro). The couple meet with teenager Lizzy (Isabela Moner), who makes an impression and they agree to trial fostering her. But, surprise (!), Lizzy also comes with two younger siblings. With the Wagner’s total jumping from two to five, the couple find themselves way in over their heads as they juggle a teenager who won’t accept them as her parents, her overly-sensitive brother Juan, and her adorable but tantrum prone sister Lita. And you thought your family was intense!

Sweet Home Alabama

Forget the Notebook, forget Titanic – this is truly the greatest romance movie of all time. Reese Witherspoon is at her absolute best as Melanie Charmichael in a will-they won’t-they tug of war between her life as a fashion designer in New York and the life and people that she’s left behind in Alabama. When her swanky New York boyfriend (Patrick Dempsey) proposes, Melanie is forced back to the place she swore she’d never return. She’s hiding a lot of secrets in that fabulous wardrobe of hers, including a dropkick cowboy Jake (Josh Lucas) whom she married in high school and is refusing to sign the divorce papers. Turns out, a lot can change in seven years – and a return to the south may be just what Melanie needed.

Love, Simon

This is the ultimate feel-good on a Friday night. Everything about Love, Simon screams classic high school teen rom com – except that the main character is a young gay man. Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson) is just a regular teenager, but is carrying around “one huge-ass secret” as he calls it, and that being he hasn’t told anyone that he’s gay. Frustrated, he starts pouring his heart out online to an anonymous classmate nicknamed “Blue” who is also struggling to come out to his friends and family. Simon starts falling for the guy – and becomes determined to uncover his identity. That’s it, until a classmate discovers the emails between the two, and Simon falls victim of some pretty ridiculous blackmail as he tries desperately to remain hidden. Chaos breaks out as Simon plays matchmaker, peacekeeper and Nancy Drew all whilst trying to survive his senior year – phew!

Avengers: Infinity War

If you’re a Marvel fan, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Avengers: Infinity War is available for some last-minute, pre-Endgame prep. And if you aren’t (weird) then don’t worry, there’s always time to watch all twenty-two movies and catch up with the rest of us (it’ll only take you 48 hours). Avengers: Infinity War is probably not the one you’d start your marathon with though – it’s the last Avengers movie and third-last in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before Endgame, taking place two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The movie follows Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America and all of your favourites from the MCU as a star-studded cast unite to battle their most dangerous enemy yet, Thanos. Not to be too dramatic, but every single MCU movie has led up to the end fight scene, and it doesn’t disappoint.


Disclaimer: this movie is going to break your heart. Based entirely on a true story, Lion follows the life of Saroo Brierley, a five-year-old boy born in Khandwa, India. Living in the slums, he accompanies his brother to work one night and mistakenly wanders onto the wrong train, taking him thousands of miles across India. Lost and unable to speak the local language, Saroo ends up in an adoption agency and adopted by two Australians (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham, no less). Fast forward 20 years and Saroo has adjusted to his life in Australia and is all grown up (played by Dev Patel). Over dinner one night, his friends tell him all about this new “revolutionary technology” in the name of Google Earth. Armed with only a small handful of fuzzy memories, Saroo sets out to search for a needle in haystack – his Indian family – in the hopes they can one day be reunited.

God’s Own Country

If you’re looking for something a little depressing, but also a little bit sweet, God’s Own Country is the one for you. Set in gloomy Yorkshire, Johnny (Josh O’Connor) is a young sheep farmer who is reluctantly running his family’s farm after his dad suffers a stroke. He basically works all day, every day – and numbs his pain with excessive drinking and engaging in sexual encounters with strange men. However, that all changes when Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu) arrives, a beautiful Romanian migrant worker hired to help out the farm during lambing season. The pair strikes up an unlikely relationship as Gheorghe teaches Johnny how to appreciate life again.

Free Solo

Hold on tight, because this is going to have you on the edge of your cliff seat. Free Solo is a documentary which follows free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to become the first person to free solo climb the famous 900-metre vertical rock ‘El Capitan’ at Yosemite National Park. Alex is no stranger to breathtaking, gut-wrenching heights – he has calmly climbed hundreds of rock faces with zero climbing gear, or any form of safety measures. However, none are as dangerous, as straight edged and strenuous as the famous El Capitan. The Free Solo documentary follows Alex’s simultaneous fear and desire to complete the climb whilst being filmed, his intense preparation, as well as his relationship with this girlfriend who is (justifiably) worried about the climb. There’s a lot going on, and it’s very stressful, but it does a great job at taking the sport to new heights (sorry).

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What movie should I watch on Apple TV?

While this is just a taste of what’s available on Apple TV, and you may have a difference preference when it comes to tuning into the big screen, if you’ve got the house to yourself, these movies may be a good place to start. If nothing here has tickled your fancy, you can always check out what’s on offer from Apple TV+, making that lazy day on the couch something to look forward to.

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All Apple TV+ Shows and Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

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Starting this November, Apple is joining the ranks of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video with the launch of its own original movies and TV shows for the new streaming service Apple TV+.

Chances are, the $14.99 per month price tag will be worth it — after all, Apple reportedly spent $6 billion on its lineup. Money talk aside, the company made sure to invest in all sorts of projects, ranging from drama and comedy series to documentaries and beloved reboots. On top of that, plenty of A-list favorites — Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa, Samuel L. Jackson — are set to star in Apple’s new shows and movies.

To get a better idea of what you can expect from Apple TV+ (which you can watch on the Apple TV app), here’s a full list of all the confirmed shows and movies that will be featured on the streaming service:

Apple TV Plus Shows and Movies Coming Soon

The Morning Show

Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: Inspired by the book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV by Brian Stelter, the new drama series will center around what happens after co-anchor Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) is fired amidst a sexual misconduct case. Meanwhile, The Morning Show’s other co-host, Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston), is threatened when reporter Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) seeks to take her place.

Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: This post-apocalyptic drama shows a world after a virus wipes out all but a few million people on Earth, and those who survived became permanently blind. It stars Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard and, according to the Wall Street Journal, has a $15 million per episode price tag.

Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: Actress Hailee Steinfeld is the leader of this new coming-of-age comedy that centers around the early life of the rebellious poet Emily Dickinson. Per Apple, “Dickinson audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender, and family.”

Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: This science fiction web series, starring Joel Kinnaman and Michael Dorman, asks the question: What would’ve happened if the 1960s space race between the United States and Soviet Union would’ve gone further? In this story, the U.S.S.R. beats the U.S.A. in putting a man on the moon, which has a domino effect on politics and the space program alike. Variety claims that of all the original series launching on Apple TV on November 1, “For All Mankind is by far the strongest.”

Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: For the little ones to enjoy and learn from, Helpsters introduces kids to Cody and his fellow puppet friends. Together, Cody and his crew talk about solving problems and show toddlers the basics of coding in fun and unique ways.

Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: The famous and beloved beagle of the Peanuts gang fulfills his dream of becoming a NASA astronaut. Joined by his friends Charlie Brown, Patty, Woodstock, and more, the Peanuts group blasts off into space to explore the wonders of the galaxy.


Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: In light of a deal Oprah struck with Apple TV, the celebrated talk show host will interview authors of popular books across the country for a new series. A new episode is set to launch every two months, according to Variety.

Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: Per Deadline, this reboot of the 1990s kids TV show is a story about what happens “when a ghost haunts a neighborhood bookstore and starts releasing fictional characters into the real world.” It’s up to four kids to figure out the ghost’s motives and past story.

Premiere Date: November 1

Synopsis: This documentary chronicles a giant elephant matriarch named Athena and her journey to survive as she and her herd travel from their “green season” watering hole to their “dry season home.” The film is narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Premiere Date: November 22 in theaters, and sometime in December on Apple TV

Synopsis: In Minhal Baig’s new film, a Pakistani American Muslim high school senior struggles to balance her life as a teenager with her traditional upbringing. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the teen girl “grapples with sexuality, faith, and tradition under a watchful eye of her conservative immigrant parents, Zahid (Azad Khan) and Eram (Purbi Joshi).

Premiere Date: November 28

Synopsis: Deadline reports that Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint, and Lauren Ambrose will be front and center in this psychological thriller. The story revolves around a couple’s nanny, who is definitely not who she claims to be.

Premiere Date: December 6

Synopsis: Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine brings the best-selling crime novel Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber to the big screen. Per Apple, “When new evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation, she comes face to face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Her investigation navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media, and race.”

Premiere Date: December 6 in theaters, January 31 on Apple TV+

Synopsis: This drama film showcases the true story of 1950s African American entrepreneurs Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson). The two attempt to navigate the racial limitations of Jim Crow Texas while trying to help the African American community obtain housing loans.

Apple TV Plus Shows in Development (premiere dates TBA)

Amazing Stories

Synopsis: Apple has ordered a 10-episode reboot of the classic Steven Spielberg TV series. According to Deadline, this new Amazing Stories program promises to “transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lends of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors, and writers.”

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

Synopsis: The beloved bit from The Late, Late Show with James Corden will be streaming on the tech giant’s new service in the near future. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, each episode showcases a different celebrity singing and revealing things about their life while driving around with the beloved late-night talk show host.

Central Park

Synopsis: Not much is known at this point about the project, other than it’ll be a musical comedy and includes Josh Gad, Titus Burgess, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Leslie Odom Jr., and Daveed Diggs, according to Thrillist.

Synopsis: This Bryce Dallas Howard light-hearted documentary is will supposedly look at what it means to be a dad in modern times and will be told through anecdotes from celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith.

Defending Jacob

Synopsis: Captain America star Chris Evans will headlining and executive producing this thriller based on William Landay’s crime novel with the same name. Deadline reports that Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell will also be involved with the project.

Synopsis: Apple is making an English-language version of the Israeli thriller, which tells the story of five people who wake up one morning to discover that they’ve been implicated in a kidnapping operation targeted at the Iranian Defense Minister.

Synopsis: Apple will attempt to create a TV series adaptation of the Isaac Asimov science fiction trilogy that explores the rise and fall of a galactic civilization.

Little America

Synopsis: The husband-and-wife duo behind The Big Sick (a.k.a. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon) will produce a half-hour anthology series about true stories of immigrants in the United States.

Little Voice

Synopsis: This half-hour dramedy, from executive producers J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles, is described as “a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York” and an exploration of “the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s.”

Losing Earth

Synopsis: The new series is inspired by the daunting New York Times story about how corporations chose to ignore climate science for the sake of profits.

Synopsis: Allie (Justin Theroux) is an inventor who decides to uproot his family to Latin America. The story is based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Justin’s uncle, Paul Theroux.

Synopsis: Inception actor Justin Gordon-Levitt will star, direct, and executive produce this new comedy-drama which focuses on “the days and nights of a public schoolteacher in San Fernando Valley.”

Synopsis: The limited series is based on the 2017 memoir of the same name by Amy Silverstein. The series will be set around a woman (Jennifer Garner) waiting for her second life-saving heart transplant and how she uses her friends to get through a difficult time.

Mythic Quest

Synopsis: The comedic brainchild of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz will be centered around the chaos that ensues when an online role-playing video game is released.

On the Rocks

Synopsis: Comedy legend Bill Murray and Rashida Jones take center stage in this film about a young mother reconnecting with her playboy father.

Synopsis: According to Variety, this series will showcase the dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family and how a forbidden romance takes them to Korea, Japan, and America. Pachinko is based on the critically acclaimed novel that was once a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction.

Synopsis: Follow the very last days of dinosaurs with this series that uses incredible CGI magic. The program will be created in partnership with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.

Planet of the Apps

Synopsis: Already available on Apple Music, the reality series is about entrepreneurs trying to make a business based around an app. The program is hosted by Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow,, and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Synopsis: The 2003 novel will take the form of a drama series. The story centers around Lin (Charlie Hunnam), a man escaping an Australian prison and navigating the slums, bars, and overall “underworld of India.”

Synopsis: The series will follow the early life and career of NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant and take a closer look at the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball.

Synopsis: The classic Terry Gilliam-directed film is slated to be developed into a TV series. The original Time Bandits followed Kevin, an 11-year-old history buff who goes on a time-hopping adventure to meet various historical figures.


Synopsis: In this animated film, wolves are seen as demonic creatures who must be tamed — that’s where a young hunter named Robyn comes in. But while being tasked with destroying the last pack of wolves, Robyn meets and befriends Mebh and learns the untold truth about Wolfwalkers.

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What you can watch on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV

Updated December 7 to cover DirecTV Now and the addition of numerous other apps on various devices.

These days just about every major entertainment app is available on just about every living room streaming device. You probably have five ways to stream Netflix.

There are a couple of major exceptions — Amazon Video isn’t natively on Apple and Google devices, and iTunes and Apple Music aren’t on non-Apple devices, for example — but for the most part the big stuff is covered.

That is, however, until a major new app comes out. The latest example is DirecTV Now, a multichannel live TV streaming service. It launched on a bunch of platforms, but not on Roku. You won’t be able to watch DirecTV Now using a Roku TV, stick or box until early 2017.

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Beyond major new apps, there are other holes in coverage. You’ll have to use your phone, tablet or computer to get some apps onto the big screen via some devices. This feature, known as AirPlay on Apple Devices and Google Cast on the Chromecast and Android TV devices, covers most of the major omissions. Even then you may have to resort to screen mirroring, or a favorite app might not be available at all.

To help spell out exactly what’s available on what box, stick or dongle (and how you can get it) we maintain a big chart. It encompasses what we consider the top 75 or so entertainment apps across a variety of categories and all of the major living room streaming platforms, aside from Smart TVs and game consoles.

This information only applies to the United States (with the exception of the BBC iPlayer app, which is exclusive to the UK). App and streaming service access varies significantly worldwide, so people with the same hardware in different countries will have far different options.

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A note on the terminology:

  • Yes: App is natively available on the product
  • No: Official App is unavailable on the product (although you may be able to “side-load” it)
  • AirPlay: App is available via AirPlay from iPads, iPhones or Macs (Apple TV only)
  • AirPlay Mirror: App is available using the AirPlay screen mirroring function only (Apple TV only)
  • Cast: App is available via “cast” function from an iPad, iPhone or Android device (This is Google’s version of AirPlay; Chromecast and Android TV only)
  • Cast Screen/Tab: App is available when using the “Cast screen/audio” option on the Chromecast app (Android only), or the Google Cast extension on a Chrome Web browser (to Chromecast and Android TV only).

If you notice any errors or have any questions, please post a comment.

(Note that CNET is a division of CBS, which also owns several of the TV networks and video services listed below, including CBS, CBS All Access, Showtime and CBS Sports. The company also operates The CW network in partnership with Warner Brothers.)

Major audio and video apps

App NEW Apple TV OLD Apple TV Roku Amazon Fire TV Google Chromecast Android TV (Nvidia Shield)
Netflix Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Amazon Video AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
YouTube Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
HBO Now Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Hulu Plus Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Showtime Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Sling TV Yes AirPlay Mirror Yes Yes Cast Yes
PlayStation Vue Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
DirecTV Now Yes No No Yes Cast Cast
Vudu AirPlay AirPlay Yes No Cast Yes
Google Play Movies and TV AirPlay Mirror No Yes No Cast Yes
iTunes Yes Yes No No No No
Starz Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
CBS All Access Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Flixster Video AirPlay Mirror AirPlay Mirror Yes Yes Cast Cast
FandangoNow No No Yes No Cast Yes
Crackle Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Pluto TV Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Crunchyroll Yes Yes Yes No Cast Yes
Twitch AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Vimeo Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
PBS Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
PBS Kids Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
BBC iPlayer (UK only) Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
TV Everywhere (cable subscription required for full access)
Watch ESPN Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
HBO Go Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Showtime Anytime Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch Disney Channel Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch Disney Junior Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch Disney XD Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch ABC Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NBC Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Nick Yes AirPlay Yes No Cast Cast
Nick Jr. Yes AirPlay Yes No No No
FX Now Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Fox Now Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
USA Now Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
History Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
A&E Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Lifetime Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Watch Travel Channel Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch HGTV Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch Food Network Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Smithsonian Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
Nat Geo TV Yes Yes Yes No Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
CNN Go Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
ABC News Yes Yes Yes No Cast Cast
Fox News AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
CBS News Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
NBC News Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
CNBC Yes Yes Yes No Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Sky News Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
TWiT Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
MLB.TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NFL Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NBA Game Time Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NHL Yes Yes Yes No Cast Cast
Tennis Channel Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
WWE Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
UFC TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
CBS Sports Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Fox Sports Go Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
NBC Sports Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Pandora Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Spotify AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Rhapsody AirPlay AirPlay No No Cast Cast
Vevo Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
TuneIn AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
iHeartRadio AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Apple Music Yes Yes No No No No
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Apple TV Plus and the new Apple TV app, explained

Here are some takeaways from today’s loaded, software-focused Apple event: Apple TV Plus is a subscription service with only Apple originals. Unlike Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, you don’t get access to a back catalog of licensed shows or movies.

Apple TV Plus is not a separate, standalone app. Instead, you’ll get to it using Apple’s TV app, which is expanding to many more devices over the coming months.

Starting in May, the Apple TV app will offer add-on paid subscriptions and will be able to stream some shows and movies from Apple’s partners like HBO without bouncing you out to a third-party video service.

All of this is separate from Apple TV the product, which is a streaming set-top box you can buy in stores today and important to Apple’s living room ambitions. The company would tell you that the Apple TV is the best way to experience all of this art and content.

Confused? It was easy to miss some of this or get mixed up, especially when Apple lumped these announcements together with a new credit card and magazine subscription service.

How does all the new TV stuff fit together? Let me do my best to lay it out in a way that makes sense.

What is Apple TV Plus?

Apple TV Plus is a video subscription service that will feature Apple’s growing list of original TV shows and movies. When it launches this fall, Apple TV Plus will be the exclusive way to watch that content. And Apple has poured money into forming a star-studded roster of talent working to produce programming that can hopefully stand equal with Netflix’s best shows. Even Oprah’s on board.

But Apple TV Plus is not its own app or a separate experience. It will actually be accessible through the Apple TV app on iOS, Mac, and other platforms. It will likely have its own dedicated tab or section of the TV app, but Apple didn’t go into the specifics on that at today’s event — and the website on Apple TV Plus is extremely light on details. The best we got was a short glimpse of an Apple TV Plus row with flashy animations during today’s keynote.

The service will be ad-free (since you’ll be paying for it) and Apple plans to launch in over 100 countries.

What is Apple TV Plus not?

  • A true Netflix or Amazon Prime Video competitor: As Peter Kafka correctly predicted at Recode, Apple is not (yet) building a full streaming service that mixes originals and licensed programming like its rivals. Instead, the Apple TV Plus service focuses exclusively on Apple’s own original programming. There’s no older stuff to endlessly scroll through as we tend to do on Netflix or Prime Video. No Hollywood movies or past TV hits to speak of. Not yet, anyway.
  • On Android or Windows: Though it announced a TV app for several platforms (even including Fire TV), Apple gave no indication that the service and its originals will be available on Android or Windows. That’s a huge hole if the company is hoping to make these high-profile shows accessible to as big of an audience as possible. Native apps for these platforms, at least right now, don’t seem to be in the cards.
  • On the web: Same goes for web browsers. Apple made no mention of a way to stream Apple TV Plus via popular desktop browsers like Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

When will I be able to watch Apple TV Plus?

Apple says it will share pricing and availability details for Apple TV Plus this fall, but didn’t get more specific than that. We have no idea how much Apple TV Plus will cost per month or whether you’ll be able to bundle it with the company’s other services at a discount.

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What is the Apple TV app?

The Apple TV app was first announced in October 2016 and launched on the fourth-generation Apple TV and iOS devices at the time. It is now a preinstalled app on all iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices.

Apple positioned the app as a modernized TV guide: it’s an all-in-one hub for finding recommendations on shows to watch. The “Watch Now” tab offers personalized picks suited to your own tastes and pulls from many different popular video subscription apps.

The Apple TV app also has a sports component, offering live scores and notifications for close games. And lastly, it provides easy access to your iTunes TV show and movie purchases or rentals. Beginning in May, the TV app will become the place to go for those same movie and TV show digital purchases on Apple TV.

Does the Apple TV app cost money to use?

No. Unless you’re paying for Apple TV Plus or an Apple TV Channel subscription (and neither of those are available yet), the TV app itself is completely free to use.

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Soon you’ll be able to subscribe to networks like HBO and watch (some) shows and movies right inside the TV app

So the TV app is a helpful resource for finding something to watch. But until now, the Apple TV app has always directed users to third-party apps to actually stream something. You could search for an HBO show in the TV app, but when you hit play on Game of Thrones, you’d get switched over to HBO Go or HBO Now. This jumping between apps can be a little awkward and makes what Apple’s trying to do feel less seamless. That’s about to change — in some cases.

Apple now says that customers will be able to watch content directly inside the Apple TV app. But critically, this only applies to the Apple TV Channels that were announced today.

What are Apple TV Channels?

Apple will soon offer optional add-on subscriptions similar to what Amazon does with its Prime Video Channels. You’ll be able to pay for HBO, Showtime, and other services using your Apple account. Now, you can already subscribe to those networks on iOS and from their respective Apple TV apps, but there are benefits to doing it through Apple’s new TV app method.

For one, you can share access to your Apple TV Channels with up to six family members. Second, instead of having to watch content from those Channels across several different apps, everything will be viewable right inside the TV app. And last, you’ll be able to download shows for offline viewing.

Apple showed a slide of Apple TV Channels that it plans to offer, and I’ve put the heavy hitters (for most people, anyway) in bold below:

  • Acorn TV
  • BritBox
  • CBS All Access
  • Cinemax
  • CollegeHumor’s Dropout
  • Epix
  • Eros Now
  • HBO
  • Lifetime Movie Club
  • Mubi
  • MTV Hits
  • Nickelodeon Hits
  • Noggin
  • PBS Living
  • Showtime
  • Shudder
  • Smithsonian Channel Plus
  • Starz
  • Sundance Now
  • Tastemade
  • Up Faith and Family
  • Urban Movie Channel

It’s a weird mix, but it at least puts Apple at par with Amazon. If you like TV shows from any of the services above, you’ll be able to watch that content directly inside the Apple TV app. And Apple says it will deliver top-tier picture and audio quality for all Apple TV Channels since it’s handling the streams for Channels directly instead of relying on HBO, CBS, Starz, etc. Combine that with the option to download content for offline viewing, and you can see why people might opt to start handling their subscriptions through Channels.

Pricing for the various Apple TV Channels hasn’t been disclosed. It’s been rumored that Apple will offer bundles of them at a discount, but the company didn’t delve into any of that today.

But you’ll still do some hopping around

Other apps — even those with shows featured in the TV app like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video — will still require you to move over to their own apps to watch something. Apple’s website is a bit misleading on this, hinting that users will be able to “easily watch” Hulu “inside the app.” A Hulu spokesperson has directly confirmed to The Verge that this is not the case.

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Where can I watch the Apple TV app?

At present, the Apple TV app is available on Apple TV set-top boxes (fourth-generation and Apple TV 4K) and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. But at today’s event, Apple said the TV app will make its way to the Mac this fall. Additionally, the company confirmed it will bring the TV app to Samsung smart TVs this spring and TVs from Vizio, Sony, LG, and others “in the future.” Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV devices will also be getting the app sometime “in the future.”

There’s a lot of great content available on streaming devices for free if you know where to look for it. In this post, we’re sharing five Apple TV apps that will allow you to watch shows and movies at no charge.

1. Pluto TV

Pluto TV gives you over 100 channels of live TV for free. With over 1000 movies and TV episodes, you’ll always have something new to watch. The channel lineup includes major channels like NBC and CBS, along with exclusive channels like Anime All Day and Food TV.

2. Popcornflix

Popcornflix is 100% free streaming app with no subscription required. After downloading to your Apple TV, you can use the app to stream full-length movies and TV shows. The streaming service is ad-based, but includes a large library at no cost.

3. Sony Crackle

Crackle has a good variety of TV shows, and an even better lineup of movies, all available for free. You’ll find new releases, classic movies, and binge-worthy originals from Crackle. With the app, you’ll be able to filter your search by genre and create a Watch Later list to organize the content you want to see.

4. Tubi TV

Tubi TV is another streaming service with a library of both TV episodes and movies with no credit card and no subscription required. While Tubi TV is ad supported, the streaming service says you’ll see less ads than you would with cable TV. From comedy to drama to kids to classics, there’s a category for everyone in the family on Tubi.

5. Vudu

While the Vudu will let you rent or buy movies, the app also has a large library of movies available for free. You can watch these thousands of movies with occasional ad breaks on your Apple TV or download to watch later on an iPhone or iPad.

What apps are you using on your Apple TV? Let us know in the comments!

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Movies in the Apple TV app

When you select a movie, a new screen appears with ratings, descriptions, and viewing information, including all of the ways you can watch the movie on Apple TV. After a few seconds, a free preview begins playing in the background.

  1. In the Apple TV app , do any of the following:

    • Watch a free preview: If a preview is available, it automatically begins playing in the background. Swipe up on the Touch surface of the Siri Remote to watch the preview in full screen.

    • Play the movie: If the movie is already available to you to watch as a purchase or on an indicated channel or app, select Play to start watching it immediately.

    • Buy or rent the movie: Select Buy or Rent, then select the option you want and confirm your purchase or rental.

      In some regions, you can rent movies. You have 30 days to begin watching a rented movie. After you start watching it, you can play it as many times as you want within 48 hours. During the rental period, you can download the rented movie on one device at any given time and also stream it on another. For example, you can start watching a movie downloaded on your iPhone, then finish watching it later on your Apple TV. Once your time is up, the movie is no longer available.

    • Subscribe to Apple TV+: Select “Try Apple TV+ Free” or Subscribe, then follow the onscreen instructions to confirm your subscription.

    • Subscribe to an Apple TV channel: Click “Try Free” and follow the onscreen instructions.

    • Open the movie in another app: Select “Open In,” then select an app. If an app isn’t immediately available, follow the onscreen instructions to install it and connect to it. Some apps may require a subscription.

    • Add an item to Up Next: If you want to watch the movie later, select Add to Up Next to add it to Up Next in the Watch Now screen.

    • Remove an item from Up Next: Select In Up Next.

    • Go to the next movie in the category you’re browsing: Swipe right or left. You can also press the button on the Siri Remote to go back to the Movies screen.

  2. To get more information, scroll down to highlight a row or item, then do any of the following:

    • Watch additional trailers: Scroll left or right in the Additional Trailers row, then select a trailer.

    • Browse related movies: Scroll left or right in the Related row, then select a movie.

    • Preview Extras: Select to preview additional menu items and video extras available when you purchase the movie from Apple.

    • Explore cast and crew: Scroll left or right in the Cast & Crew row, then select a person to see biographical information and associated movies and TV shows.

    • See viewing options: Scroll left or right in the How to Watch row to see all of the ways to watch the movie on Apple TV, including pricing options to buy or rent, or the available Apple TV channels or apps.

      Some content and apps are available with a subscription. To sign up, select the item and follow the sign-up process using your Apple ID. If you haven’t installed the app yet, you’ll be prompted to download it from the App Store.

      Other content may be available to you with your cable or satellite subscription. If this is your first time using an app that requires a cable or satellite subscription, you may need to enter your TV provider credentials (see Set up single sign-on with your TV provider on Apple TV).

    • Get more information: Scroll to the bottom of the screen to see ratings, descriptions, and other information.

When you buy or rent a movie, it automatically plays in the highest-quality format available for your Apple TV, including high-definition (HD) and 4K resolution formats. These videos might also feature high dynamic range (HDR) in HDR10 or Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. For more information, see the Apple Support article Find and watch movies with 4K, HDR, or Dolby Vision.

Now that Apple TV Plus has launched, you’re probably wondering what exactly comes with the subscription. While you should check out our Apple TV Plus review to learn more about the quality of the service and its early shows, we’ve built a complete list of all of its announced and rumored shows, below.

As of Friday, Dec. 20, Apple’s four big shows — See, The Morning Show, For All Mankind and Dickinson — have reached their season finales. Unfortunately for the execs at Apple, Disney Plus and The Mandalorian stole all the streaming media oxygen, and Netflix just dropped The Witcher season 1.

Apple’s streaming service has finally arrived, after years of speculation and about 8 months of hype from Cupertino itself. This all started at the March 25 Show Time event, where the company brought out a ton of movie makers, actors and top-shelf directors (including Steven Spielberg) to talk about their new projects. At its Sept. 10 iPhone 11 event, Apple revealed pricing and availability.

Today, we’ve got actual shows! Here are the shows that have launched, the ones that haven’t arrived yet and those that Apple’s yet to formally announce. Apple TV Plus launched in Apple’s TV app, which is on iOS and tvOS, and it will hit macOS and iPadOS later this fall, in Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, as well as Smart TVs that support Apple’s TV services in the Apple TV app.

Apple TV shows and movies available now

  • Servant — Episodes 1 through 9
  • The Morning Show — Season 1 (all 10 episodes)
  • See — Season 1 (all 8 episodes)
  • For All Mankind— Season 1 (all 10 episodes)
  • Dickinson — Season 1 (all 10 episodes)
  • Truth be Told — Season 1 (all 8 episodes)
  • Ghostwriter — Season 1 (Episodes 1 through 7)
  • Helpsters — Episodes 1 through 6
  • Snoopy in Space shorts — Episodes 1 through 12
  • Oprah’s Book Club — Episode 1
  • The Elephant Queen Documentary
  • Hala — film

Starring: Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard

Aquaman himself Jason Momoa stars in this futuristic drama written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games films). Blindness will be central to the show’s experience, as a million survivors of a calamity emerged without sight.

A full trailer teased the show at Apple’s iPhone 11 event, teasing the revelation that newborn babies — unlike their parents — can actually see. This starts a civil war among the tribes.

Dave Bautista — Guardians of The Galaxy’s Drax — has signed on for See-son two of See.

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski, Matt Lauria

This period-piece comedy is set in the 1800s, where it tells a coming-of-age story for the poet Emily Dickinson, but with a more-modern feel for a younger audience.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell

This show, currently referred to by its stars who are also doing double duty as executive producers, is a behind-the-scenes program taking place a morning talk show. According to Aniston and Witherspoon, the show will focus on male-female dynamics at work.

Read our The Morning Show review.

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Michael Dorman

Ronald D. Moore, the famed writer and producer known for the Battlestar Galactica reboot, is bringing a show that investigates a world where the space race didn’t end. At WWDC 2019, Apple revealed footage that shows how the show depicts an alternate reality where the USSR won the race to the moon.

Oprah’s Book Club

Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Yes, Oprah’s bringing her literary recommendations to Apple TV Plus. The first episode focused on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book The Water Dancer.

Snoopy In Space (and other Peanuts programming)

Shows, specials and shorts, starring Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts game, will be coming to Apple’s service. Produced in partnership with the DHX media firm, kids will also get STEM-related content starring the iconic Snoopy.

The first of those shows we know anything about is Snoopy in Space, and Apple released a teaser trailer for this show on July 17. In this trailer, we find out that Charlie Brown’s iconic beagle has dreams of being an astronaut.

Shows from Sesame Workshop

Multiple shows are coming from Sesame Workshop, the folks behind the beloved children’s show Sesame Street. This programming won’t be Sesame Street proper, because of that program’s current HBO/PBS deal. Variety reports that this is a multi-series order, including live action, animation, and a even a new puppet series. On stage at the Show Time event, a “helpster” — that’s a monster who helps — talked up a program aimed at preschoolers that will have learn-to-code elements. Hopefully this big deal between Apple and Sesame workshop means the partnership with deliver both Apple TV shows and movies over time.

Ghostwriter (reboot)

In a press release, Apple announced the reboot of Ghostwriter, the 1990’s PBS kids show. The press release notes this new series will be pretty similar to the original, featuring “a reinvention of the beloved original series, follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighborhood bookstore, and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature.”

The Elephant Queen (documentary)

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Athena, is the matriarch of a family of elephants who she leads on a massive journey in this documentary narrated by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Amazing Stories

Starring: Edward Burns, Austin Stowell, Kerry Bishe

A “reimagining” of exec. producer Steven Spielberg’s anthology series from the mid-1980’s, this show will look to be a more hopeful sci-fi series than Black Mirror. Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis are signed on.
Status: Announced at March 25 event.


Starring: Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, Halt and Catch Fire) and Jared Harris (Mad Men, Chernobyl) have just signed on for this adaptation.

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series is one of the most influential works in the world of sci-fi, the kind of content that will come with massive expectations and a high degree of difficulty. The Dark Knight writer David S. Goyer is an executive producer and showrunner.

Status: Apple’s ordered the series according to Deadline.

Mythic Quest

Starring: Rob McElhenney, Danny Pudi, David Hornsby, F. Murray Abraham, Imani Hakim

(Image credit: Ubisoft/Apple)

A premise that may remind some of Code Monkeys and Silicon Valley, the Always Sunny guys are creating a comedy set at a video game development studio.

Status: Confirmed at Ubisoft’s E3 2019 event.

The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are creating an anthology series that adapts real-life stories about immigrants migrating to the United States.

Status: Announced at March 25 event.

Little Voice

A music-focused half hour program, with J. J. Abrams executive-produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Felicity) and featuring original music by Sara Bareilles, Little Voice will focus on a singer-songwriter trying to get her start in the world.

Status: Announced at March 25 event.

Oprah Winfrey documentaries

The one-time daily talk show host says she’s producing documentaries for Apple TV+ — the first will focus on sexual harassment in the workplace, while the second will address mental health.

Status: Announced at March 25 event.

Rumored shows

While Apple gave stage time to seven shows during its March 25 Show Time Event, those aren’t the only programs in the works. Here’s what else is likely to come to the Apple TV+ service, based on other reports of programs Apple is investing in as well as teaser shots from Apple’s promo videos.

Defending Jacob

Starring: Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell

Chris Evans is taking a break from his role as Captain America for a short-form drama series based on a best-selling William Landay novel. Evans portrays a lawyer named Andy Barber whose 14-year-old son Jacob is accused of murder. Evans serves as executive producer, and the show will be helmed by Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes, Total Recall remakes).
Status: Series reportedly ordered.

On the Rocks

Starring: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones

One of the first feature films reported to be in production for Apple’s service, On the Rocks will reunite Lost in Translation’s director Sophia Coppola and star Bill Murray. The show is reportedly about a young mother (Jones) reuniting with her playboy father (Murray) in NYC.
Status: Reportedly started production in Feb. 2019.

Are You Sleeping

Starring: Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul, Ron Cephas Jones, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach

Executive producer Reese Witherspoon and writer Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) are delivering a series about … true crime podcasts? The series aims to make audiences think about what happens when the pursuit of criminal justice is placed on display for the public.

Status: 10 episodes reportedly ordered.

Central Park

Starring: The voices of Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn

Loren Bouchard, the genius behind animated shows such as Bob’s Burgers and Home Movies is bringing his talents to Cupertino with an animated musical comedy with an all-star cast of voice actors. Veronica Mars (The Good Place) and Titus Burgess are among the voice actors and Josh Gad will both write and voice-act. The show focuses on a Central Park-based family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park end up saving the park, and basically the world.

Status: 26 episodes, to be spread across two seasons, reportedly ordered.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

Starring: Jennifer Garner

An adaptation of a memoir, telling the story of a woman waiting for a heart transplant, and the friends who supported her during this tough ordeal. Star Jennifer Garner will co-executive produce with J.J. Abrams.

Status: Series reportedly ordered.


An english-language adaptation of a popular French short-form series of the same name, Calls will supposedly provide innovative storytelling. A combination of found, real-life audio and minimal visuals will provide audiences with a new way to experience short stories.

Status: 10 episodes reportedly ordered.


An adaptation of the Min Jin Lee novel focusing on four generations of a Korean immigrant family. Told in three languages: Korean, Japanese and English, the show will be executive produced and written by Soo Hugh (The Terror).

Status: Series reportedly ordered.


NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s shining a spotlight on his backstory with this new drama show that focuses on his early days playing basketball. Focusing on players, their families and coaches, this show seems to be Friday Night Lights for hoops.

Status: Series reportedly ordered.

Time Bandits

Adapting the cult fantasy film for TV, Apple’s brought on Time Bandits director Terry Gilliam to executive produce, and Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) is co-writing and directing the pilot.
Status: Mid-development.

Untitled Brie Larson Drama

Starring: Brie Larson

Apple’s got Captain Marvel signed on to portray Amaryllis Fox in an adaptation of her memoir Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA. This drama will focus on what it’s like to be a young woman in the ranks of the CIA.

Status: Straight-to-series order.

Untitled Damien Chazelle Drama

La La Land writer/director Chazelle is going to write and direct each and every episode of an upcoming hourlong series.

Status: Straight-to-series order.

Magic Hour

Starring:Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller

This series is inspired by the real-life story of Hilde Lysiak, an 11-year-old who leaves Brooklyn to answer the questions created by her missing father, who disappeared from a small lakeside town.

Status: Series reportedly ordered.

Losing Earth

A TV series based on Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times magazine story and book about the history of climate activism.

Status: TBA

Untitled Kristen Wiig Comedy

Starring: Kristen Wiig

Inspired by a collection of short stories entitled You Think It, I’ll Say It, this show is helmed by Colleen McGuiness (30 Rock), who’s going to be show-running and executive producing alongside Reese Witherspoon and Wiig.
Status: 10 episodes ordered

Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Drama

Starring: Lauren Ambrose, Rupert Grint, Nell Tiger

M. Night Shyamalan’s having something of a resurgence these days, and he’s executive producing this thriller series featuring parents who hire a young nanny to care for their newborn. Of course, things get creepy.

Status: 10 episodes ordered


Think MTV’s Cribs, but on the highest scale yet. Variety reports Apple ordered a full season, comprised of 10 hour-long episodes of this documentary show that gives viewers inside peeks from the most extravagant homes.
Status: Could arrive this summer, according to a New York Times report.

Untitled Simon Kinberg and David Weil sci-fi series

Simon Kinberg, a writer and producer known for his work on the Fox X-Men films is delivering a 10-episode season of a sci-fi show, with a huge budget. He’s working on the series with David Weil, who’s created a forthcoming Amazon Prime Video show dubbed The Hunt.
Status: Seems destined for 2020.

The Elephant Queen

Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s documentary The Elephant Queen focuses on the pair embedding themselves for four years with the family of a giant elephant, Athena. Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave).


An animated series from Ireland, Wolfwalkers is about young hunter and her father who arrive in Ireland to stop packs of nefarious wolves.


According to Variety, Apple’s got the rights to develop Shantaram, the Gregory David Roberts novel that focuses on a convict who escapes from a maximum security prison in Australia.

Status: Unclear.

Cancelled shows


The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Apple is canning a show that was set to star Richard Gere. A remake of the Israeli show Nevelot — which focuses on a pair of Vietnam veterans who are also best friends, who discover the death of a woman they both loved — the series was likely called off because of the violent shooting spree that the pair are said to go on, which happens after they grouse about self-involved Millennials.

Last Updated: December 24th

With theatrical windows getting shorter every year, it’s easy to miss great films while they’re in theaters or just deem that the price is too high, but the film itself is worth the wait. For whatever reason you choose to use Apple TV, there’s no denying it’s one of the more popular online rental stores for all kinds of media, especially with its user-friendly interface and plenty of ways to download including iOS and Apple TV. But with so many films moving through the pipeline of theatrical distribution to Apple TV, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or just cautious of how you’ll spend your $6 on a rental.

We’re here to help provide a bit of guidance on the movies you may have missed that are now available on Apple TV. Since Apple TV basically has loads of movies, a “Best Movies on Apple TV” would basically just be “Best Movies”, so we’re keeping our eye on what’s new to the service. We’ll continue to expand this list and cycle movies in and out as they cease to be “new”, so keep an eye on this space.

All of Apple’s Original TV Shows and Movies

Apple has dozens of original TV shows and movies in the works for its Apple TV+ streaming service, which debuted on November 1, 2019. In this guide, we’ve rounded up everything that Apple is working on, including shows that have launched, and upcoming shows and projects that are still in development.
Details about TV shows and movies become clearer as these shows are cast and as episodes are filmed, so for some of these titles, we don’t have a lot of information at this time. This guide is updated on a regular basis with all new original content details, and more information on each title can be found on Apple’s .

Dickinson (Available)

Dickinson is a comedy about the life of famous American poet Emily Dickinson. The show will offer a comedic look into Dickinson’s world, exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit into her own time. Dickinson is set to premiere on September 14 at the Tribeca TV Festival.

Notable names: Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) star in the series.

See (Available)

See is an epic post apocalyptic drama where the world has been wiped out by a virus. There are survivors, but all of the survivors have been rendered blind.

Notable names: Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave), and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) star in the series.

Ghostwriter (Available)

Ghostwriter is a reinvention of the previous popular TV show Ghostwriter. It follows four children brought together by a mysterious ghost in a bookstore, with the children teaming up to release fictional characters from works of literature.

The Morning Show (Available)

“The Morning Show,” as the name suggests, is a morning talk show drama that will take a look inside the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning.
Apple has signed a deal for two seasons of the show, with the two key stars, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, set to earn $1.25 million per episode.

Notable names: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in the show.

For All Mankind (Available)

“For All Mankind” is a space drama that explores what might have happened in the world if the global space race had never ended.

Notable names: Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon), Michael Dorman (Patriot), and Sarah Jones (The Path) will star in the show. Ronald D. Moore created and wrote the series.

Peanuts – Snoopy in Space (Available)

Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media owner Peanuts Worldwide to produce new “Peanuts” content that will be available on ‌Apple TV‌+. One project that’s in development is a short that features astronaut Snoopy, themed around STEM education.

Peanuts in Space follows Snoopy as he pursues his dream 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.

Helpsters (Available)

Apple is partnering with Sesame Workshop to create several TV shows for children. One of the first shows will be called “Helpsters,” and it is designed to teach preschoolers the basics of coding. It will feature Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems.

Truth Be Told (Available)

“Truth Be Told,” previously known as “Are You Sleeping,” is a drama that is based on a novel by Kathleen Barber. It focuses on the story of a podcast that reopens a murder case, similar to popular podcast “Serial.”

The show explores how the reopening of the murder case impacts the victim’s daughter and impacts her life. Sarah Koenig, known for her work on “Serial,” consulted on the series. Apple has ordered 10 episodes.
Notable names: Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Mekhi Phifer (ER), Michael Beach (Sons of Anarchy), Tracie Thoms (UnREAL), Haneefah Wood (Nurse Jackie), Moon Bloodgood (Code Black), Billy Miller (Suits), Brett Cullen (Narcos), and Hunter Doohan (Westworld) will have roles in the show.

Servant (Available)

Apple has ordered “Servant,” a psychological thriller produced by M. Night Shyamalan, known for movies like “Signs,” “Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “The Village,” and “Split.”

The show will follow a young couple who hire a nanny to care for their newborn child, but the child is actually a fake baby and the nanny is also suspicious. Apple has ordered 10 half-hour episodes.
Notable names: Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), and Tony Kebbell (Planet of the Apes) will star.

Little America (Available)

“Little America” is an anthology series that will take a look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and unexpected lives of immigrants in America. Every episode is written by a different writer, with the content collected by Epic Magazine. “Little America” has already been renewed for a second season.

Notable names: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, known for “The Big Sick,” are writing the show.

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (Coming February 7)

“Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” follows a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. Rob McElhenney will play the role of the company’s creative director, while other cast members will include F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis. Charlie Day is a producer on the series.

Notable names: F. Murray Abraham, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, Charlotte Nicdao, Jessie Ennis, and Rob McElhenney (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) will star.

Amazing Stories (Coming March 6)

“Amazing Stories” is a science fiction and horror anthology series that was created by Steven Spielberg, which ran from 1985 to 1987. Apple has teamed up with Spielberg to revive the show.
The show will focus on a new topic each episode, similar to “Black Mirror” and “Twilight Zone.” Apple says that each episode of the series will “transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.”
Notable names: Steven Spielberg is set to executive produce. Stars in “Amazing Stories” include Dylan O’Brien (“Maze Runner,” “Teen Wolf”), Victoria Pedretti (“You”), Josh Holloway (“Lost,” “Yellowstone”), Sasha Alexander (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Shameless”) and Robert Forster (“Twin Peaks”).

Home Before Dark (Coming April 3)

Home Before Dark is a drama series about Hilde Lysiak, a child journalist who publishes a newspaper called the Orange Street News in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
The show will follow a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father is from, where she unearths a cold case that everyone else in the town had attempted to bury. The story is based on Lysiak’s own efforts to report on a murder in Selinsgrove, where she was the first person to expose it.
Notable names: Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Kylie Rogers, and Adrian Hough will star.

Home Docuseries (Coming April 17)

Home is a documentary series that will offer a never-before-seen look inside the most extraordinary homes in the world and at the minds who dreamed them up. The series sounds similar to “Extraordinary Homes” on Netflix and classic show “MTV Cribs.” Apple has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the “Home” docuseries.

Defending Jacob (Coming April 24)

“Defending Jacob” is a thriller based on the best selling William Landay novel of the same name. The show is a drama series that unfolds around a shocking crime in a small Massachusetts town, following a district attorney who is torn between his love for his son and his duty to uphold justice.
Notable names: Chris Evans (Captain America), Jaeden Martell (It), and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) will star.

Trying (Coming May 1)

Trying is a UK series that takes a look at “growing up, settling down, and finding someone to love.” The show focuses on Jason and Nikki, a couple who are trying to have a baby but have thus far been unsuccessful.
Notable names: Rafe Spall and Esther Smith will star.

Central Park (Coming summer 2020)

“Central Park” is an an animated TV series developed by Loren Bouchard, known for popular cartoon “Bob’s Burgers.”
The series is described as a musical comedy that tells the story of a family of caretakers who live in Central Park. Apple has ordered two 13-episode seasons.
Notable names: Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, and Titus Burgess will voice characters.

Visible: Out on Television Docuseries

“Visible: Out on Television” is a five-episode docuseries that explores themes that include invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of LGBTQ characters, and coming out in the TV industry.
The series is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lena Waithe.

Dear… Docuseries (Coming June 5)

“Dear…” is a docuseries that profiles famous people using an “inventive and cinematic approach” that involves sharing letters written by people whose lives the celebrities have touched.The 10-episode series is set to debut in spring 2020.
Notable names: Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, and Big Bird will be subjects of the series.

You Think It, I’ll Say It

“You Think It, I’ll Say It” is a half-hour comedy series based on the “You Think It, I’ll Say It” short story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, which “upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided.”

Damien Chazelle Drama

Apple has signed a deal for a drama series from “La La Land” creator Damien Chazelle, but little is known about the show at this time.


“Swagger” is a drama series based on the early life and career of NBA star and Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant. The show was inspired by Durant’s experiences as a youth playing basketball, and it will highlight the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, taking a look into the lives of players, their families, and coaches.
Notable names: Winston Duke, known for his role in “Black Panther,” will take on the main role of Ike, a youth basketball coach who used to be a star player.

Little Voice is a romantic drama set in New York, which will feature songs from Sara Bareilles. The show will explore the lives of characters in their early 20s as they struggle to find an authentic voice.
Notable names: J.J. Abrams is producing the series.

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

Apple has purchased the rights to a TV series adaptation of popular sci-fi book series “Foundation” written by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov.
“Foundation” follows psychohistory expert and mathematician Hari Seldon who is able to predict the future. Seldon creates a group called the Foundation to preserve humanity’s collective knowledge ahead of the impending fall of the Galactic Empire.
Notable names: Lee Pace will play Brother Day, the Emperor of the Galaxy, while Jared Harris will play Hari Seldon.


Apple is working on a TV adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ 2003 novel “Shantaram.” Shantaram is a fictional novel that focuses on a character named Lin, who is a convict that flees an Australian prison and then disappears into the city of Bombay.
Notable names: Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy) will star.


“Calls” is a horror/mystery show adapted from a French TV series of the same name. In France, “Calls” is a short-form series that tells stories based on snippets of audio taken from real-life situations with minimal use of visuals.

Time Bandits

Apple has secured the rights for a TV show based on 1980s fantasy movie “Time Bandits.” “Time Bandits” featured the story of an imaginative 11-year-old boy, Kevin, who gets sucked into a fantastical adventure with a band of dwarves during the Napoleonic Wars in Italy.
Kevin and the band of dwarves travel through time using a magical map, visiting ancient Greece, the Titanic, and more, all while fighting off an evil being intent on stealing the time travel map.
Notable names: Taika Watiti (Thor: Ragnarok) will direct.


Apple has secured the rights to create a TV show based on Min Jin Lee’s bestselling novel “Pachinko,” which chronicles the lives of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family in Japan. Apple officially ordered eight episodes of the show in March 2019.
The story begins in 1911 with the birth of Sunja, who becomes involved with a married yakuza, falling pregnant and facing ruin in her small village. The town’s minister offers her a new life in Japan as his wife, where she is alone, lost, and unable to speak the language. The book then follows the Sunja’s family through eight decades and four generations.

Losing Earth Climate Change Project

Apple has purchased the rights to develop a project based on the New York Times Magazine story “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.”
Written by Nathaniel Rich, “Losing Earth” covers the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989, a decade when “humanity settled the science of climate change and came surprisingly close to finding a solution” but ultimately failed to act due to various political forces. Apple plans to turn the article into a TV show, with Nathaniel Rich to executive produce.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

“My Glory Was I Had Such Friends” is a TV series based on the 2017 memoir by Amy Silverstein, which follows a group of women who supported Silverstein as she waited for a life-saving heart transplant.
Notable names: J.J. Abrams will executive produce and Jennifer Garner will star in the show.

Lisey’s Story

Lisey’s Story is a TV show based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. The novel, which is a psychological horror with romance elements, is split between Lisey’s life in the present time and her dead husband’s life (a famous novelist) as she remembers it. Lisey begans to remember things about her husband that she had suppressed while being terrorized in the present by a former fan of her husband’s.
Notable names: Stephen King is the writer on the series. Julianne Moore, Dane Dehaan, and Clive Owen will star. J.J. Abrams is executive producing.

Simon Kinberg Sci-Fi Series

Apple has signed a deal for a 10 episode season of a new sci-fi series described as a large budget, ambitious, character driven show.
It will be executive produced and developed by Simon Kinberg, known for his work on the “X-Men” series of movies. No additional info is known on the show as of yet, but it is set to go into production in the summer.

CIA Drama Series

Apple’s CIA drama will be based on “Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA,” a memoir written by CIA operative Amaryllis Fox. The show will offer a look at a young woman’s journey in the CIA.
Notable names: Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) will star.


“Severance” is an upcoming ‌Apple TV‌+ show that’s described as a workplace thriller set at a company that’s aiming to take work-life balance to a new level.
Notable names: Adam Scott (“Parks and Rec”) and Patricia Arquette will star, and Ben Stiller will direct and produce.

False Flag

Apple is working on an English language adaptation of Israeli TV show “False Flag.” The Israeli series focuses on the story of five people who wake up one morning to find themselves implicated in a kidnapping operation following the disappearance of the Iranian Defense Minister.

Mr. Corman

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Looper,” “Inception” and “50/50” is developing a TV show called Mr. Corman for Apple. It’s a drama series that follows an elementary school teacher grappling with adulthood in Los Angeles.
Notable names: Joseph-Gordon Levitt is writing and producing the show.


“Alabama” is an eight-part comedy drama series that Apple is developing in partnership with the BBC. Plot details aren’t yet available.
Notable names: Imelda Staunton, known for her role as Dolores Umbridge in the “Harry Potter” series, is set to star.

The Mosquito Coast

Apple has ordered a series called “The Mosquito Coast” which is based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Paul Theroux, actor Justin Theroux’s uncle.
The novel is told from the viewpoint of 14-year-old main character Charlie Fox and focuses on his father, Allie, who is an inventor. Allie becomes critical of American consumerism and culture, deciding to uproot his family and move to La Mosquitia on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras.
Notable names: Justin Theroux will star in the show.

Slow Horses

“Slow Horses” is based on the book series of the same name. It follows a team of British intelligence agents who are delegated to the so-called Slough House department in MI5, which is where washed up spies are placed following failed careers.

Notable names: Gary Oldman will star as Jackson Lamb, the leader of the Slough House spies. Will Smith will write the show.

Boys State Documentary

Apple acquired the rights to “Boys State” a political coming-of-age documentary that examines the health of American democracy.
The film features an experiment in which 1,000 17-year-old boys from across Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up, reproducing some of democracy’s worst principles and flaws.

Oprah Partnership

Apple has inked a deal for a multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey, who will create original programs for ‌Apple TV‌+.
Oprah is working on two documentaries, one on sexual harassment in the workplace and a second on mental illness. Oprah’s documentary on mental health will also feature Britain’s Prince Harry. It’s a multi-part series focusing on mental illness and mental wellness that will feature “global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places.”
Oprah’s first series, though, will be a worldwide bookclub discussion, called “Oprah’s Book Club.” The series will feature interviews with authors, and the first interview will be with Ta-Nehisi Coates, who wrote “The Water Dancer.” Oprah will interview Coates for the first episode of the series, which will premiere on November 1. New episodes will be filmed every two months.

Jason Katims Projects

Apple has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Jason Katims, well known producer, writer, and show creator. Katims, who is known for shows like “Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Roswell,” “Rise,” and “About a Boy,” will be creating content for Apple under his True Jack Productions banner.

Justin Lin Projects

Apple has signed an exclusive TV development deal with Justin Lin’s company, Perfect Storm Entertainment.
Justin Lin is known for directing several of the movies in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, including the 2009 “Fast and Furious” revival movie, “Fast Five,” and “Fast and Furious 6.” He also directed “Star Trek: Beyond” and has worked on episodes of “Community” and “True Detective.”

Alfonso Cuarón Projects

Apple has signed a multi-year deal with director Alfonso Cuarón that will see Cuarón producing TV shows for ‌Apple TV‌+. Cuarón has directed award-winning films that include “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men,” “Gravity,” and “Roma.”

Richard Plepler Projects

Apple has inked a deal with former HBO CEO Richard Plepler who has formed a new production company. Under the terms of the deal, Plepler will produce content for Apple.

Carmi Zlotnik Projects

Apple has signed an exclusive production deal with Carmi Zlotnik, former president of programming for Starz. Carmi will produce exclusive content for ‌Apple TV‌+.

Sharon Horgan Prokects

Apple has signed an exclusive first look deal with Sharon Horgan, known for creating “Divorce” and “Catastrophe.”

Lee Eisenberg Projects

Apple has signed a multi-year content deal with Lee Eisenberg, the co-creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner of ‌Apple TV‌+ series “Little America.” Eisenberg will be launching a new production company, Piece of Work Entertainment, and he will create digital media projects exclusively for ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Projects

Apple signed a multi-year agreement with actress and producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus, known for “Seinfeld” and “Veep.” Louis-Dreyfus will develop new projects exclusively for ‌Apple TV‌+ as an executive producer and actress.

Pac-12 Talks

Apple met with Pac-12 in 2019 over a potential content deal that could see live sports coming to ‌Apple TV‌+ in the future. The talks are in the early stages and it’s. not clear if a deal will materialize.

MGM Talks

Apple is in talks with MGM and could establish a content deal that would perhaps see MGM content coming to ‌Apple TV‌+.


Apple has signed a deal with entertainment studio A24 to produce multiple movies for ‌Apple TV‌+. A24 is responsible for movies like “Moonlight,” “Room,” “The Witch,” “Ex Machina,” “The Spectacular Now,” “It Comes at Night,” “Lady Bird,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Hereditary,” and more.
The first film produced under the A24/Apple partnership will be “On the Rocks,” directed by Sofia Coppola and set to star Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. “On the Rocks” will follow a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York.

The Elephant Queen (Available)

“The Elephant Queen” is a feature-length documentary about an elephant matriarch who leads her herd to find a new watering hole. Apple will release The Elephant Queen in theaters on October 18 before adding it to ‌Apple TV‌+ in November.

Hala (Available)

Hala, directed by Minhal Baig and executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, is a coming-of-age movie that follows the life of Hala, a 17-year-old girl attempting to navigate her social life as a teen in Chicago and her obligations as the only child to Pakistani immigrants. Hala will be released in theaters on November 22 before coming to ‌Apple TV‌+ in December.

Prehistoric Planet

“Prehistoric Planet” is a documentary series that will provide a look at the last days of the dinosaurs using CGI to recreate the events.>
Notable names: Jon Favreau will produce and direct.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Ahead of Earth Day 2020, Apple is debuting a new animated short film narrated by Meryl Streep. The 36-minute piece will follow a curious 7-year-old who learns about the planet from his parents.
Notable names: Meryl Streep will narrate the film.


Wolfwalkers is an animated film from Cartoon Saloon, a company that Apple has signed a deal with to produce content for ‌Apple TV‌+.

Wolfwalkers, like other Cartoon Saloon films, is set in Ireland. Robyn, an Irish girl, is set on wiping out the demonic, evil wolves until she meets a wild native girl, Mebh, whose friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalkers.

The Banker

The Banker is a feature film inspired by a true story, focusing on two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas. Apple will release The Banker in theaters on March 6before adding it to ‌Apple TV‌+ on March 20.

Notable names: Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long, and Nicholas Hoult star in the movie.

A Christmas Carol

Apple picked up the rights to “A Christmas Carol” which is a live action musical that’s based on the classic novel “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.
Notable names: Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds will star.

Beastie Boys Story

Apple acquired the rights to “Beastie Boys Story” a documentary about the band directed by Spike Jonze and penned by Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz. The film will be available in IMAX theaters in a limited release on April 3 before launching on ‌Apple TV‌+ on April 24.

Billie Eilish Documentary

Apple purchased the rights to a Billie Eilish documentary that follows the 17-year-old songwriter’s life after the release of her debut album in March 2019. The documentary will be shown on ‌Apple TV‌+ in 2020.


“Dads,” directed by actress Bryce Dallas Howard, is a “joyful exploration of contemporary fatherhood.” It offers anecdotes and wisdom from celebrities like Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, and more, along with portraits of non-celebrity dads around the world.
Details about Bryce Dallas Howard’s dad, Ron Howard, and his partner Brian Grazer, are interspersed throughout the documentary as well.


Apple has created its own production studio called Masters, which is run by Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The first project from Apple’s studio will be “Masters of the Air,” which is a follow-up series to HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”
The show will follow the true story of the American bomber boys in World War III, based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller.
Notable names: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will executive produce, John Orloff will write the series.


Early reviews of several of Apple’s TV shows have come in, and they’re not great. “For All Mankind” received mostly positive reviewers as did “Dickinson,” but media sites were not fans of “The Morning Show” or “See.”
A rundown of the reviews can be found in our Apple TV+ review roundup.

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Apple Responds To Disappearing iTunes Movie Purchases Issue

Last week I wrote a story based on a viral Twitter thread that showed Apple apparently openly stating that it’s possible for film titles that you’ve bought (not just rented) on iTunes to become unavailable to you if Apple’s agreements with the film studios behind those titles change.

In other words, Apple’s customer service department was sending out documents stating that if you buy a film on iTunes, you may not be able to own it forever in the same way that you would always own a physical purchase, such as a Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray disc.

Apple has now responded to the situation described in my previous story (which I strongly recommend you read before going further with this one), and it seems that things are more complicated than Apple’s own customer service responses first made them appear.

So you can keep your iTunes film purchases forever after all. But only if you download them to a… hard drive.

Photo: Apple

As we’ll see, though, plenty of questions remain. Also, as I’ll explain later, the sort of problems experienced by the poster of the viral Twitter thread seems to be far from an isolated incident. And the particular circumstances of this ‘ground zero’ case do not by any means seem to explain every disappearing content incident out there.

Let’s start, though, with Apple’s official reply. Here it is in full:

“Any movies you’ve already downloaded can be enjoyed at any time and will not be deleted unless you’ve chosen to do so. If you change your country setting, some movies may not be available to re-download from the movie store if the version you purchased isn’t also available in the new country. If needed, you can change your country setting back to your prior country to re-download those movies.”

There’s a deceptively large amount of information contained in this relatively short statement. So let’s focus first on just the opening line, as that is by far the most important. It states, after all, that if you download any film or TV show you buy on iTunes to a compatible device, it can never disappear – even if Apple loses the rights to carry that film or TV show on its own servers.

So Apple can indeed say that if you buy a film on iTunes, there is a way that you can maintain ownership of it in perpetuity. Fair enough.

There are, however, various ‘real world’ problems with this solution. First, at the time of writing Apple does not provide any way to download films in 4K and HDR. You can only download them in HD. This is unfortunate given how many AV fans have come on board with the Apple TV 4K box precisely because of the large quantities of 4K HDR content they can buy on it.

The Apple TV 4K let you buy loads of 4K HDR films. But you can’t download and therefore guarantee… permanent ownership of any of those titles in 4K.

Photo: Apple

I think most people who buy a film in 4K on a digital video platform would expect to always be able to watch it in 4K. As you would if you’d bought a 4K Blu-ray. (Though Apple does, at least, only charge the same for its 4K films as its HD versions. Just as well in the circumstances!)

Another issue is that when it comes to movies, for many iTunes movie buyers Apple TV boxes are their main way of buying and watching films on iTunes. But you can’t download films to Apple TV boxes. You can only download to Macs, PCs or iPhones, iPads or iPod touch. Fine for watching on the go, but not exactly a convenient solution for playback on your main living room TV.

Digital rights management issues mean that film/TV show files you download to an ‘approved’ iTunes device connected to your iTunes account can’t be shifted to an external NAS drive to free up space on your portable or PC/Mac devices. Unless you use software to remove Apple’s DRM restrictions – which is hardly a practice I’d imagine Apple would be keen to endorse.

Let’s not forget, either, that a key motivation for people choosing to buy ‘digital’ versions of films is precisely that they are stored remotely on a cloud, rather than taking up shelf or storage space at home. So suddenly finding out that you can only definitely retain ownership of online digital movie purchases by downloading and storing them on a physical device in your home seems a little perverse.

Yet another issue with the downloading solution is the fact that Apple doesn’t provide any advance warning that certain titles are about to be removed from its library. Not even to people who have purchased a film or TV show that’s about to disappear. If Apple did provide advance warnings, owners of affected films could make sure they download just the affected titles, rather than having to download every single film they buy by default to ensure they never lose anything.

I have been contacted since writing my original article by people who have hundreds, even 1,000-plus film titles on their iTunes accounts. And for them, the prospect of having to download and store so many titles to be guaranteed permanent ownership of them is mind-boggling.

Apple’s first response to Dr Da Silva’s question about his three missing films.

Photo: Twitter/Apple/Dr Anders G da Silva

Introducing a ‘notification that your purchased content is about to disappear from our servers’ system for all iTunes movie buyers would be a huge plus for iTunes movie buyers. It might be tough to achieve logistically, and I guess it would give iTunes film buyers something of an insight into the reality of Apple’s relationships with studios, rather than maintaining Apple’s preferred ‘it’s all-Apple’ image. But it would make Apple’s defense that you can download films if you want to keep them look much more reasonable than the idea you might have to download all your films ‘just in case’.

I’d also argue in light of Apple’s statement – and the many and varied iTunes purchase problems people have been telling me about since publishing the article last week – that Apple ought to make it clear at the point of purchase that if you buy a film on iTunes, you are not buying perpetual streaming rights and will need to download it to an ‘approved’ device if you want to definitely be able to keep it. Critical information such as this should not be left buried deep in Apple’s labyrinthine terms and conditions.

Let’s now move, at last, into the second and third lines of Apple’s statement: “If you change your country setting, some movies may not be available to re-download from the movie store if the version you purchased isn’t also available in the new country. If needed, you can change your country setting back to your prior country to re-download those movies.”.

These words relate to the original tweet thread by Dr. Anders Gonçalves da Silva that kicked the current controversy off. For Apple’s deeper investigations into this case have revealed that they had a quite specific backdrop based on Dr da Silva emigrating from Australia to Canada.

The (very complicated) issues are covered in good depth in this article on CNET. So I’ll try and keep things here as brief as I can.

Essentially, when Dr da Silva moved from Australia to Canada, some of the films he’d bought while living in Australia didn’t ‘copy over’ when his account switched to a Canadian one.

This initially seems pretty weird given that other films he bought in Australia copied over to his Canadian account perfectly well – and that the films he could no longer access were actually available to buy in iTunes Canada.

It is, though, pretty common for films to have different rights issues or even different versions in different territories, due to, say, region-specific cuts made to achieve local age ratings. (Though it has to be said that at least two of Dr da Silva’s affected films, Cars and Cars 2, don’t seem particularly likely to have incurred the wrath of the Canadian or Australian censors!)

Apple’s second response to Dr da Silva.

Photo: Apple/Twitter/Dr Anders G Da Silva

At any rate, the key point is that da Silva’s issues seem to have more to do with regional licensing foibles than Apple just summarily deleting films from their iTunes service – despite what Apple’s own Customer Support responses clearly implied.

Since these responses have now been published elsewhere, I’ve included them in this article too. Given the clear statements they contain, it’s surprising that Apple hasn’t addressed them specifically in its response on the outcry they’ve caused.

The third line of Apple’s reply suggests an easy solution to da Silva’s problem: switch back to an Australian account, download the missing films, and then switch back to the new Canadian account. However, as CNET details in their article after following da Silva’s progress, switching back to an Australian account to retrieve his three missing films (The Grand Budapest Hotel is the third) required da Silva to provide a local credit card or PayPal account. Which he could only do if he had a local Australian address. Er, oh.

Apple then suggested that it could offer da Silva a workaround, but according to the CNET article, it turned out that this workaround would require da Silva to lose his Canadian store subscriptions and store credits. Ah.

Crazily complicated though a solution to da Silva’s problems might be proving to find, it’s important to stress that the films haven’t been completely deleted from his account after all. However, so far as I know, at the time of writing, he still can’t actually play them…

As I mentioned earlier, since writing my initial story I’ve been contacted by many people with other tales of woe regarding disappearing iTunes movies. These include one US-based case that doesn’t feature a country/territory move, and which also involves an Apple customer support statement reiterating the pretty clear-cut language that was used in Apple’s correspondence with Dr da Silva. To quote this second case’s Apple support response: “After receiving your case, I found out that the movie has been already removed from the iTunes Store – that is why you cannot locate it on your device. Apps can be removed from the iTunes Store by Apple or the content provider for many reasons.”

You can download films you buy on iTunes to an approved device connected with your account – such as… an iMac.

Photo: Apple

Here’s a list of just some of the other cases I have been contacted about in the past few days:

* A US resident tells me that he has lost 15 movies that used to appear in iTunes: Home, Dick Tracy, Thor, Captain America: First Avenger, The Road to El Dorado, How to Train to Dragon 1 & 2, Ghostbusters 2, Hercules, Kung Fu Panda, Iron Man 2, Mr. Peabody &Sherman, Tarzan, and The Croods. He tells me he is ‘working with Apple’ on this as we speak.

* Another contactee says that all of his iTunes Weinstein Co movies have disappeared.

* A Canadian contact says he purchased seasons 1-4 of The Americans as a package deal, then season 5 separately. But the series was then removed from iTunes and replaced with a season’s 1-5 package, which leads to him no longer being able to access the 1-4 package.

* An estate agent in Colorado who owns more than 1000 titles on iTunes, tells me ‘some’ have gone missing, and he is working with Apple to figure out the full list of losses. He also received the following quoted response from Apple support on Friday: “If you’re not able to redownload one or more of your past purchases, they may have been removed and are no longer available.” One example he gives is Thor 2, which he redeemed in iTunes from a code with the disc he bought. It is no longer in his iTunes account, but is still in Movies Anywhere!

* A man who switched from a Canadian to a US account (so more similar to the da Silva situation) says he lost 18 films and three seasons of a TV show he’d bought in the switch. He doesn’t specify a full title list of lost films (though I am trying to get one). He said that Apple told him that if he supplied all the purchase receipts (order numbers) they would help him get his movies back. He did that, and even found the links for the same titles on the US store. But Apple came back and said that because the SKU numbers weren’t the same (even though they were the same films), they couldn’t help. He was offered three free rentals and one episode of a TV show as compensation – which didn’t please him much when he’d bought and subsequently lost 18 films and multiple TV seasons.

* A New Yorker told me he has had movies disappear from iTunes, some of which reappeared on the store 6 months later, but in a different edition requiring a new purchase. He was offered three free rentals and told he should download his movies ‘as the studios can remove them’.

Here’s something interesting: nobody is going to come to your house and take your 4K Blu-rays away…. And ‘radically’ they’ll even still work if you move from one country to another!

Photo: Valerian, EuropaCorp, TF1

* A US resident says Young Guns and Young Guns 2 have gone from his US iTunes account.

* A US Resident tells me he bought Valerian, but then the movie apparently changed studio ownership resulting in the film being removed from his account. And the only way to get it back was to rebuy the same film again at full price. As with other cases, he was offered two (or three – the Apple communication, which I’ve seen, was confused on this!) rentals in compensation.

* A woman from Illinois contacted me to say that she has lost multiple iTunes TV show and movie purchases over time, with varying outcomes when she’s taken each case up with Apple. Timeless Season 1 disappeared, but was reinstated after sufficient ‘nagging’. A selection of movie purchases/code redeems were also lost: Hercules (2014), How To Train Your Dragon, Gone Girl, The Intern, If I Stay, The Final Girls, Romancing The Stone and Birdman. All were eventually restored, but only after ‘a week of calls and live chats’ with Apple. Or two weeks in Hercules case.

* Two US iTunes users have both told me that their purchases of Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America were recently downgraded to ‘no iTunes Extra’ versions.

* Another US iTunes user says that Ghostbusters 2 has gone from her iTunes account, but is still showing in Movies Anywhere – even though she bought it in iTunes.

* An Irish user tells me that he bought a film in iTunes called 101 Reykavik, only to have it disappear from his account. It then reappeared on the iTunes store with a different (wrong) spelling, and he had to pay 9.99 Euros again to get it back.

* Another US user tells me he has lost films on multiple occasions, and that he has been told essentially that Apple has changed/upgraded/removed them and there is nothing they can do.

I have forwarded this list of incidents to Apple – though in fairness it’s probably not reasonable to expect them to be able to explain each individual situation with the information available.

The point, though, must surely be that issues regarding people losing films and TV shows for all sorts of reasons on iTunes appear to be widespread. And evidence suggests that films and TV shows can indeed, as Apple’s own customer services documentation repeatedly state, be removed from UNDOWNLOADED iTunes purchase libraries by content providers for a variety of reasons.

Which brings us back full circle to the fact stated right at the start of Apple’s statement on all this. Namely that while the initial Dr da Silva case may have turned out to have been a specific (but still convoluted) case involving inter-territory licensing foibles, in the end the only way for anyone to guarantee that they’ll keep all their iTunes movie purchases forever is to download them – with all the potential faff associated with that.

So in the end, while the da Silva case might have turned out to be more complicated than Apple’s own support system/responses implied, I’d say that the issues surrounding it – and the myriad other cases people have sent me – have only reinforced my sense that physical media has much more of a future than some people give it credit for. Especially now that the 4K Blu-ray format has finally seen the film studios do away with regional coding.

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‘Ronny Chieng: Asian Comic Destroys America!’

Starts streaming: December 17

The standup comic Ronny Chieng has a lot on his mind, including politics, civil liberties, immigration, consumerism, subway etiquette and wedding planning. But Chieng is at his most incisive when he’s blowing up stereotypes: Why do Asian-American immigrants want their first-generation children to become doctors, but then neglect to see doctors themselves? What if Asian-Americans became the impartial referees of all disputes among other races? (“No hatred, just solutions.”) And what would it be like if an Asian-American were voted into the White House? This leads to a very funny rant, but Chieng doesn’t really seem to be joking.

‘The Two Popes’

Starts streaming: December 20

Who knows what Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, then Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins), and Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce), might have said to each other in private meetings six years ago? In this film, the writer Anthony McCarten and the director Fernando Meirelles imagine that the these two very different churchmen — one a conservative traditionalist, the other considered a more liberal reformer — had a momentous dialogue that led to the resignation of one man and the ascension of the other. Discussed are issues of sexual abuse and financial malfeasance, and nothing less than the future of the Roman Catholic Church appears to at stake. Even though the movie is pure speculation, the discussion is riveting, and the master actors Hopkins and Pryce create the illusion of actually having it.

‘You,’ Season 2

Starts streaming: December 26

Rom-coms have long celebrated stalking — think Lloyd Dobler and his boombox in “Say Anything.” The dark conceit of the psychosexual thriller “You” is that the obsessive protagonist, Joe Goldberg, sees himself as a romantic hero, despite being a serial killer. Following his Season 1 murder spree, Joe now needs a change of scenery. So for Season 2 he relocates to Los Angeles — a town he hates, providing much fodder for his biting voice-over. The plot this time is largely derived from Caroline Kepnes’ novel “Hidden Bodies,” the sequel to her “You.” An unfortunately named woman, Love (played by Victoria Pedretti from “The Haunting of Hill House”), comes into Joe’s orbit as the bodies start dropping again. Could it be that Joe has finally met his soul mate? Or has he just met his match?

Also arriving:

December 1

The “Austin Powers” series, “Malcolm X” and “Searching for Sugar Man.”

December 3

“Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah”

December 6

“Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show,” Season 1

December 10

“Michelle Wolf: Joke Show” and “Outlander,” Season 3.

December 16

“The Danish Girl” and “The Magicians,” Season 4.

December 19

“After The Raid”

December 20

“The Witcher,” Season 1

Best Christmas films to rent or buy from Apple and where to watch free

Here are the best Christmas-themed movies you can buy or rent from Apple to watch on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. Plus the Christmas films that are available for free on Netflix or Amazon or another service you might subscribe to.

By Karen Haslam | 10 Dec 19

As the cold winter nights draw in, and houses begin to twinkle in the warm glow of Christmas tree lights, it’s time to relax and watch a festive movie. But the question is where can you watch the best Christmas film? Do Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Now TV have them for free? And what do they cost to rent or buy from Apple.

Read on for our list of the top Christmas movies in alphabetical order to make it easy for you to locate the one you are interested in. We’ve checked how much they cost if you buy or rent from Apple and investigated whether you can actually watch them for free on Netflix, cAmazon Prime Video or Now TV. Or even if they will be on TV this Christmas.

If gift giving is more of your focus right now, take a look at our Christmas tech gift guide. We also have everything you need to know about Apple’s Christmas ad for 2019, and the Christmas ads from the past 10 years here.

Arthur Christmas

A firm favourite in our house, Arthur Christmas tells the story of Santa’s son’s efforts to deliver a gift. From Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures.

Where to watch:

You can buy it from Apple for £4.99.

You can watch it for free on Netflix.

Arthur Christmas will also be on Channel 4 at 4.30pm on Sunday 8 December.

Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch stole Christmas

If ever Jim Carrey was born to play a role, then it was the Grinch. In this fantastic adaptation of the Dr Seuss classic, he gurns, grins, and generally steals every scene with a powerhouse performance.

The sets look like they came straight out of the pages of the book, and the humour manages to walk the fine line of being funny to both adults and children.

You can rent it from Apple for £3.49 or buy it for £5.99.

Now TV has the cartoon version of The Grinch.


Will Ferrell turns in a hilarious performance as Buddy, a man who was accidentally taken to the South Pole by Santa when he was young. Having grown up as an Elf, Buddy decides he wants to find his real father, but isn’t too happy with what he discovers.

Zooey Deschanel, James Caan and Peter Dinklage provide a stellar supporting cast, but it’s the sheer energy and sense of joy that Ferrell brings which makes Elf such an enjoyable movie.

You can rent Elf from Apple for £3.49 or buy it for £7.99.

Apple also has a bundle deal on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express and Elf for £19.99.

Elf will also be on ITV at 6.10pm on Sunday 15 December 2019 and repeated on Christmas Eve at 5.15pm and Christmas Day at 4.10pm, so make sure you set your recorder!

Fred Claus

Staring Vince Caughn as Santa’s older brother who has to move to the North Pole to help Santa prepare for Christmas.

You can rent Fred Claus from Apple for £3.49 or buy it for £7.99.

You can also watch it for free on Now TV.

Get Santa

Santa has crashed his sleigh and a father and son have to help him – while being on the run from the police! Staring Jim Broadbent as Santa.

You can rent Get Santa from Apple for £3.49 or buy it for £7.99.

Get Santa is free to watch on Netflix.

Home Alone

Nothing speaks of the Christmas spirit more than a heartwarming tale of child abandonment and casual violence. Okay, maybe not. But Home Alone is very good fun.

When 8-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left at home by his parents as they travel away for Christmas, he not only has to fend for himself but also battle a pair of hapless thieves known as the ‘Wet Bandits’.

Using clips from gangster films, iced pathways, and weaponised paint tins, the young fella does a mighty fine job.

You can rent Home Alone from Apple for £4.49 or buy it for £5.99.

Jingle All The Way

Arnold Schwarzenegger as a dad attempting to get his son an action figure for Christmas.

You can rent Jingle All The Way from Apple for £4.49 or buy it for £4.99.

Apple also has a bundle deal on Jingle All The Way, Miracle on 34th Street, Deck The Halls and Home alone for £19.99.

Jingle All The Way is free to watch on Now TV.

Love Actually

In this 2003 Christmas movie eight different couples experience various relationship trials in the run up to Christmas Day.

You can rent Love Actually from Apple for £3.49 or buy it for £4.99.

Apple also has a bundle deal on The Holiday and Love Actually for £8.98

Love Actually is free to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

Miracle on 34th Street

When Kris Kringle becomes a last-minute replacement for Santa Claus at Macy’s department store, he doesn’t realise he’ll end up in court. Furthermore, his lawyer has the near-impossible job of convincing the judge and jury that Kringle is in fact the real Father Christmas.

Whether it’s the 1947 original, or the 1994 remake, Miracle on 34th Street is still a magical story for the festive season.

You can rent Miracle on 34th Street (1947 or 1994) from Apple for £3.49 or buy is for £5.99. Or you can get Miracle on 34th Street 1994 and Miracle on 34th Street 1947 together for £9.99.

Apple also has a bundle deal on Jingle All The Way, Miracle on 34th Street, Deck The Halls and Home alone for £19.99.

Now TV has both versions of Miracle on 34th Street to watch for free if you are a subscriber.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

No Christmas would be complete without a viewing of arguably the finest version of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzy and crew all bring the traditional Muppet madness, while Michael Caine delivers an excellent Ebenezer Scrooge.

There’s also the added bonus of the song ‘One more sleep till Christmas’, which ushers in the big day in fine fashion.

You can buy The Muppet Christmas Carol from Apple for £4.99.

It’s also availbale on Now TV.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This 1989 Christmas comedy stars Chevy Chase and co in the third instalment of the National Lampoon’s franchise.

You can rent National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation from Apple for £3.49 or buy is for £7.99.

Apple also has a bundle deal on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express and Elf for £19.99.


The original Nativity! film sees a primary school teacher attempting to put on a musical version of the Nativity.

The entire Nativity film series (all four films) is available from Apple where you can buy all four of the films for £17.96, or rent each separately for £3.49.

The Nativity films are also available for free to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix subscribers.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

If you prefer your festive entertainment to be a little less traditional then Tim Burton is your man. In this stop-motion animation movie the director tells the story of Jack Skellington, mayor of Halloween Town, who falls in love with Christmas and decides he can do Santa’s job. As you can probably guess, this doesn’t quite go to plan.

Funny, poignant, and accompanied by a wonderful score from long-time Burton collaborator Danny Elfman.

The Nightmare Before Christnas is available from Apple where you can buy it for £13.99

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Every little girl (and lots of boys) love the Frozen films and this short is perfect viewing for Christmas. Join Olaf as he helps Anna and Elsa investigate the best Christmas traditions.

You can buy Olaf’s Frozen Adventure from Apple for £3.99.

Office Christmas Party

Office Christmas Party stars Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. We love this film from the writers of the Hangover movies. Watch it to experience the office Christmas party to end all office Christmas parties. It’s hillarious.

You can rent Office Christmas Party from Apple for £3.49 or buy it for £3.99.

The Polar Express

A sceptical boy takes an extraordinary train ride ot the North Pole and ends up believing.

You can rent The Polar Express from Apple for £3.49 or buy it for £7.99.

Apple also has a bundle deal on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express and Elf for £19.99.

The Polar Express is also available on Now TV if you subscribe.

The Santa Clause

We love this Christmas film which sees a divorced father transform into Santa due to the Santa Clause – with an E.

You can buy The Santa Clause from Apple for £4.99.


In this modern – well, 1980s modern – retelling of the Dickens novella, we find Bill Murray as a cynical and jaded television executive desperately in need of the Christmas spirit. So it comes as a surprise to him when he’s visited by three.

Carol Kane is the pick of the bunch as a sadistic fairy, but it’s Murray on top form that brings the tale alive.

You can buy Scrooged from Apple for £4.99.

You can also watch Scrooged on Amazon Prime Video if you subscribe.

The Snowman

The classic animation of the boy who bvefriends a snowman. Make sure you get the film based on Raymond Briggs book.

You can buy the Snowman from Apple for £4.99.

You can watch The Snowman on All 4 for free.

It’s a Wonderful Life

When George Bailey decides that everyone in his home town of Bedford Falls would be better off if he just threw himself off a bridge, he’s visited by an angel named Clarence who shows him what he really means to his friends and family.

This 1946 Jimmy Stewart classic has lost none of its charm or power over the years, with a message of fighting against greed that rings very true in the current world climate. One to savour.

Rent it from Apple here for £3.49 or buy is for £4.99.

Apple also has a bundle of It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas for £9.98.

White Christmas

There’s not many songs that manage to instantly conjure up festive feelings as well as ‘White Christmas’. So, placing it in a fun musical with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, not to mention having Irving Berlin write the score, only makes it a present that anyone would be grateful to receive.

Rent it from Apple here for £3.49 or buy is for £4.99.

Apple also has a bundle of It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas for £9.98.

Okay, those are our favourites. We’re pretty sure we’ll have missed some of yours, so why not tell us which ones you’d pick and why in the comments section.