Apple has announced details about the launch of its new streaming service Apple TV+, including that it will launch on November 1st, about two weeks before Disney launches Disney+, and that it will cost $4.99 per month, which is cheaper than Disney+, which will be $6.99 per month. However, there are still some details that have not been confirmed, including what programming will be available beyond the ten announced original shows. Three episodes of each original series will be available at launch, with additional episodes arriving one per week after that.
Apple TV+ will be free for a year for anyone who buys a new Apple product.
At the annual Apple fall product event, CEO Tim Cook announced:
“Our mission for TV+ is to bring the best original stories from most creative minds in TV and film… stories that help you find inspiration, grounded in emotion, stories to believe in, with purpose.”
Among the original programming is ‘See’ a fantasy series which stars Jason Momoa, set in the future after humanity has lost their sight, created by Steven Knight (‘Peaky Blinders’) and Francis Lawrence (‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and ‘Mockingjay’). From ‘Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore, comes ‘For All Mankind’, a revisionist take on the space race.
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Non-genre shows coming to Apple TV+ are: Apple TV+ is offering ‘Morning Show’ starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carrell, and Reese Witherspoon; ‘Dickinson’, based on the life of writer Emily Dickinson, starring Hailee Steinfeld: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Servant’ with Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, and Rupert Grint; docu-series ‘Little America’; and ‘Truth Be Told’, a crime drama with Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul. Children’s shows that will be available at launch are ‘Helpsters’, ‘Snoopy in Space’, and ‘Ghostwriter’. Apple TV+ will also offer the feature-length releases ‘Elephant Queen’ (documentary); ‘The Banker’ starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie’; and film festival favorite ‘Hala’.
Apple TV+ is competitively priced, even lower than Disney+’s low price of $6.99 per month. But what is it offering? It’s not known yet what will comprise its back catalog. On the other hand, Disney+ will be offering almost everything Disney has ever made, including ABC TV shows, all of the ‘Star Wars’ movies, and so forth.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter