Apple’s TV app, Apple TV channels and Apple TV Plus, explained
Hi, I'm David Katzmaier.
So, Apple TV app versus Apple TV channels versus Apple TV Plus.
What's the difference?
I'm gonna tell you right now.
So let's start with the Apple TV app.
This is an app right now that you can get on your iPhone, your iPad or your Apple TV.
The idea is, it shows you shows from all lot of the things that you're already subscribed to in one service.
One downside s, it doesn't have Netflix because Netflix doesn't wanna be part of this whole unified experience.
They want you to go to their own app.
But it does have Hulu, HBO, ABC News, CBS, a whole bunch of these other services.
You can see the shows and movies arranged right there, and when you click on one, it'll launch that app automatically so you'll start watching in the Hulu app, or the HBO NOW app, or whatever you have.
And until now, it was only available on Apple devices.
Apple announced that it's going to actually bring this Apple tv app to other devices.
So you're going to be able to do the same thing on a Roku, or on a Fire tv, or even on a smart tv.
From Samsung, LG, Vizo, or Sony later this year.
So that's a cool thing Apple's expanding this tv app to a bunch of different devices.
That's the Apple tv app
The second new thing is called Apple TV Channels.
Now within the Apple TV app you'll soon have the ability to subscribe to different channels like HBO, Showtime, Epix, ESPN, One of these challenges using an additional monthly subscription that requires an additional app.
The change is that you can actually skip the whole app subscription, password, all that stuff and just use Apple TV, to watch So you can subscribe to HBO for example from within the Apple TV app,immediately start watching shows within the Apple TV app, and never see any of these other apps at all.
That's a pretty cool convenience factor but it's already available on other devices, for example Amazon has it's own channels thing that works pretty much the, The same way.
And it's not bringing any new content to Apple TV, it's just making it a little bit more convenient to view this stuff.
Again, that's within the Apple TV app, which again is coming to other devices later this year.
The third thing is Apple TV Plus, coming this fall.
It's basically Apple's version of Netflix You 're gonna pay a subscription fee separate,, and apple hasn't really told us what that fee is, for access to exclusive tv shows and movies.
They have Stevens Spielberg involved with an amazing story series, Reese Witherspoon and Jeniffer Aniston with a show called the morning show and a couple of documentaries from Oprah, and that's just the beginning.
Apple has sunk more than billion dollars in content already into this venture, but it's still hard to see how it's gonna compete with Netflix which has so many different shows, Amazon Prime and Hulu, not to mention all the other TV options that you have already.
We'll find out more in the fall when Apple TV Plus rolls out.