Last week, Apple announced Apple TV+ – their brand-new streaming service that gives platforms like Netflix and Stan a run for their money.
Touted as a new way for the “most creative minds in TV and film to tell the kinds of stories that only they can”, Apple TV+ looks set to deliver a slew of new, original shows and movies across a range of genres – exclusively to Apple TV customers.
But how will it compare to the streaming giants already on the market? What does it all mean for us?
For one thing, it’s not yet clear which televisions we’ll be able to access Apple TV+ on. While Apple have confirmed that iPhones, iPads and Apple TV streamers in over 100 countries in the May software update, with Apple Macs Samsung smart TVs getting the new software sometime this autumn, other TV brands have said they’ll be offering the service “sometime in the future”.
It’s likely that existing iPhone and iPad users will be able to download the shows and movies available on Apple TV+ and watch them offline – a big win for parents who often find themselves with agitated kids, but no WiFi.
However, it doesn’t look as though the service will offer reruns or licensed content – everything on Apple TV+ will be created solely for the platform, by Apple itself. So, none of your kids existing favourites, but a variety of new shows and movies for them to fall in love with.
And, considering Apple’s mission to deliver the best original content, we’ll hedge our bets on the fact that whatever new releases are unleashed on Apple TV+, they’re going to be good.
Oprah’s on board, already working on “original programmes that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world”, and we should also be able to expect a ‘Sesame Street’, coding-themed spinoff called ‘Helpsters’.
While we may not see any Friends reruns on Apple TV+, Apple have announced a parallel service – Apple TV Channels – that will offer all of your favourites like HBO, Showtime and the like, from within the Apple TV app. While it is an added expense, it’s said that you’ll only have to pay for the channels you watch. No annoying bundles that make you pay more for things you don’t actually want.
These are a few of the shows we can expect to catch on Apple TV+:
A Steven Spielberg-led project that resurrects his favourite childhood show of the same name. The series will tell a story an episode, with Spielberg himself giving the example of “the World War II pilot whose plane magically travels through space and time from the past and into the present day.” Sounds interesting enough.
The Morning Show
A drama about making a morning talk show, starring Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell. Jennifer Anniston describes it as, “pulling back the curtain on the power dynamic between men and women in the high-stakes world of a morning news show.” We’re listening.
A futuristic, post-apocalyptic drama depicting a world with no sight – the result of a devastating virus that wiped out all but a few million of the Earth’s population, leaving survivors permanently blind. If you liked Birdbox, you’ll probably love this.
The husband-and-wife team behind ‘The Big Sick’, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily v. Gordon, will co-write and executive produce a new half-hour anthology series about immigrants.
Big Bird took the stage at Apple’s launch event to introduce a new muppet, Cody, the star of the new children’s series, ‘Helpsters’.
Produced by JJ Abrams and Sara Bareilles, this half-hour comedy/drama series has been described as a “love letter to the diverse musicality of New York which explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s.” We’re not totally sold, but we’ll hold our verdict until we catch episode one.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang
Expect new original content from Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the iconic Peanuts cartoon characters.
On the Rocks
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are teaming up for the first time since ‘Lost in Translation’ to deliver a film that follows a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. Rashida Jones may also be on board. We’re totally there.
Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Titus Burgess, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn come together to tell the story of “a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.” It’s from some of the team members behind ‘Bob’s Burgers’, so we’re expecting that kind of flavour.
Home Before Dark
Follow a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to a lakeside town, where she gets involved in uncovering a cold case that the community has concealed. If you love ‘Stranger Things’, we reckon you’ll be hooked on this one, too.
M. Night Shyamalan is producing this psychological thriller series comprised of ten half-hour episodes. Rupert Grint is rumoured to star in this one, which will be a big jump from his ‘Ron Weasley’ days.
A series based on the epic feature ‘Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change’ that filled an entire issue of The New York Times. If the series follows the feature to a T, it will focus on how, from 1979 to 1989, a small team of scientists, activists, and politicians tried to stop climate change while there was still time.
An Irish animation studio will produce this tale about a young hunter who comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack of evil wolves, but instead befriends a wild native girl who runs with them.
Apple has reportedly struck a deal with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, to produce children’s programming for its streaming service (along with ‘Helpsters’). We don’t know much about the shows just yet, but they definitely won’t be Sesame Street. It’s said that this is a multi-series order, including live action, animation, and even a new puppet s