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How to sign up to Apple TV+ and what to watch

Watch these top shows to make the most out of your Apple TV+ subscription

Jasper Pickering
Tuesday 13 June 2023 17:11 BST
<p>It’s one of the cheapest streaming services currently available </p>

It’s one of the cheapest streaming services currently available

After a slow launch in 2019, Apple TV+ gradually made a name for itself as the home of some of the best original programming in television. The streaming service has racked up awards for the likes of Severance and Ted Lasso, which are exclusive to Apple’s growing library of movies and shows.

Not only that, despite a price increase in 2022, Apple TV+ is still one of the cheapest streaming services around, at just £6.99 per month. That’s less than Disney+ and Amazon Prime.

If you’re considering signing up to Apple TV+ but still aren’t sure if it’s right for you, head to the Apple website to check out its growing library of entertainment.

And if you’re stuck for what to watch, we’ve rounded up the best shows on Apple TV+.

How to sign up for Apple TV+

Signing up for Apple TV+ couldn’t be easier. Simply head to the Apple website and complete the sign-up process using a browser.

You can also download the free Apple TV app (Android / iOS) or on smart TVs, consoles or other smart devices and complete the sign-up process there. Apple’s iPhones, iPads and TV devices all come with the app included.

Is there an Apple TV+ free trial?

Apple TV+ has ended its seven-day free trial, but if you’ve recently purchased an Apple product you might be eligible for a three-month Apple TV+ subscription. This offer must be redeemed within 90 days of purchasing the product.

For students, not only do you get access to the Apple Music student plan, you are also entitled to a free Apple TV+ subscription for up to four years.

Read more: How to sign up to Disney+ and what shows are on it

How to watch Apple TV+ for free

There are also other ways to watch Apple TV+ at no extra cost. If a family member already has a subscription to the streaming service and you are included on their family plan you will be given access to the same viewing privileges as them. Up to six accounts can be shared on the same subscription.

Apple TV+ also have premieres that are available to watch for free before committing to the full service, giving you a taste of shows such as Slow Horses, Pachinko and Tehran before diving into the full box set.

What to watch on Apple TV+

The runaway success for Apple TV+ is the Emmy award-winning Ted Lasso, Jason Sudeikis’s feel-good comedy about a hapless American football coach hired to manage a British football team.

Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

Another huge hit on Apple TV+ is the excellent Severance, a sci-fi thriller starring Adam Scott and set in a world in which office workers can choose to undergo experimental brain surgery to split their work lives and personal lives in two.

The Morning Show is another critically acclaimed show that boasts an A-list cast, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. It is a workplace drama set inside a news production company amid the #MeToo movement.

Pachinko, meanwhile, is a poignant multigenerational saga spanning 100 years of history and chronicling the story a Korean immigrant family in Japan.

Fans of schlocky British spy thrillers will adore Slow Horses, which stars Gary Oldman as the soused head of a dead-end department of MI5 rejects.

A recent addition to the platform is Silo, a human-focused sci-fi mystery series in which society has been driven underground after an unknown event rendered the Earth’s surface uninhabitable.

If you have children, Apple TV+ also has a number of kids’ shows, such as The Snoopy Show and the reboot of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock.

Some movies are also available exclusively on Apple TV+, such as the Oscar-winning film Coda, about a young child of deaf parents who must balance helping her family keep their fishing business afloat with her new-found passion for singing.

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Want to scratch that sci-fi itch further? Fans can also watch For All Mankind, an alternative history of the space race if the Soviets had reached the moon first.

Fans of David Attenborough documentaries can also indulge in Prehistoric Planet, a five-part series focused on dinosaurs, produced by The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau.

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