Published 2:54 PM EDT Sep 10, 2019
Apple looks to take on Disney and other companies with a subscription service set to launch Nov. 1 for $4.99 monthly.
While that’s a good deal cheaper than Netflix (which starts at $9.99 monthly) or Disney’s Disney+, launching Nov. 12th for $6.99 monthly, Apple has announced only nine shows available for viewing at launch.
At a media event in Cupertino, California, Apple CEO Tim Cook said more shows would be offered in the coming months. Industry leader Netflix is known for its bulk, offering hundreds of movies and TV shows, as does Amazon Prime and Hulu.
He added that the three trailers for new Apple TV+ shows, which debuted this summer, have already been viewed over 100 million times.
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On the pricing, Cook called it “Crazy….it’s the price of one movie rental.”
Headliners of the new Apple TV programs include Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
The complete roster:
—“See,” a drama set in the future starring Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Alfre Woodard at a time when the population is blind.
—“The Morning Show,” a TV set drama with Witherspoon and Aniston.
—“Dickinson,” a series about poet Emily Dickinson.
—“For All Mankind,” a re-imagining of the space program.
—“Helpsters,” a new children’s series from the makers of “Sesame Street.”
—“Snoopy in Space,” brings the popular Peanuts character to Apple and outer space.
—“Ghostwriter,” an update on the 1980s-era PBS kids series.
—“The Elephant Queen,” a documentary about the race to save elephants.
—Oprah Winfrey will join Apple with a new version of her book club.
Waiting in the wings from Apple will be a thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, a drama with Octavia Spencer and “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, and a drama with Samuel L. Jackson about the civil rights struggles of the 1950s.
Viewers will be able to watch via the Apple TV streaming box and on Apple devices. It will be included in new Samsung TVs and will be available on Amazon Fire TV and Roku streaming players “in the near future,” along with apps for Sony and Vizio TVs.
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