From Joan E. Solsman’s “Ted Lasso won a pile of Emmys. So WTF actually is Apple TV Plus?” posted Monday:
Every Apple TV Plus title, including Ted Lasso, is available to all subscribers. Apple TV Plus only has a single $5-a-month tier, and it unlocks its full catalog of original programming.
But unlike Netflix and other subscription streaming services, Apple TV Plus doesn’t have its own dedicated app. Apple TV Plus programming resides inside Apple’s TV app, which overall serves as a hub to watch programming from other video subscriptions and to rent or buy movies and shows a la carte. That can be a little confusing, but the TV app has a tab dedicated just to Apple TV Plus originals, so you can find all the originals in one place without other kinds of stuff that requires separate payments.
Apple’s TV app (and, by extension, Apple TV Plus) is available on:
- Apple devices that can stream video including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV streaming boxes,
- iPod Touch and Macs
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android TV
- Google TV
- Samsung smart TVs
- LG smart TVs
- Vizio smart TVs
- Sony smart TVs
- Apple TV Plus is also available to watch on the web at tv.apple.com.
My take: I’m surprised how long that list has grown. On the other hand, I’d have to be pretty desperate to watch Apple TV+ through my Samsung smart TV’s stupid interface.