Stream film and tv from Apple TV Plus for less.
Apple TV+ has a fraction of the TV and films available when compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime, but there are some must see shows there, such as Ted Lasso and The Morning Show, and more and more movies you won’t get elsewhere.
Here’s how you can watch it for free, and if not, how to pay as little as possible for the streaming service.
Apple TV+ cost
You’ll pay £6.99 a month for Apple TV Plus, with prices increased from £4.99 in late October 2022. This isn’t too bad compared to the other streaming services. Of course a lot of that is down to the fact there’s less content on there.
But that is changing with more original TV and movies added every month. However there isn’t a huge back catalogue of shows you’ll already know, so once you’ve seen the new content, it’s probably wise to cancel and wait a few months (or more) before signing up again for the next big thing.
New customer offers
7-day free trial
New users of Apple TV+ can sign up and get a week for free. After this you’ll be charged the full £6.99 each month unless you cancel.
One month free trial with Apple One
There’s a longer one month free trial via Apple One, a bundle that includes
- Apple TV+
- Apple Music
- Apple Arcade
- Apple News+
- Apple Fitness+ (Premier plan only)
- iCloud+ (Premier plan only)
You’ll only get the free trial for services you’ve not already tried.
After the trial you’ll pay £16.95 a month as an individual, £22.95 a month for Family which can be shared with five other family members, and £32.95 for Premium which adds in News+ and Fitness+.
3 months free trial with purchase
If you buy an eligible Apple device you’ll get your first three months free. You’ll need to get one of the following:
- iPod touch
- Apple TV
You can’t get this offer if you’ve previously had the one-year free Apple TV+ deal that came with a device purchase.
You need to redeem the offer within 90 days of making your purchase. After the 3-month trial you’ll pay £6.99 a month unless you cancel.
Existing customer offers
Up to 3 months free via Currys
Join the free Currys Perks loyalty scheme and you can pick up “up to” three months free Apple TV+. You’ll get an email with a unique code to add to your Apple TV+ account and once you redeem it your free membership starts immediately.
It’s three months for newbies, but a slightly shorter two months and three weeks for anyone who’s already tried Apple TV+. You can only use a code once per Apple account.
There’s no date for when Currys will end the offer,.
Three months free via O2/Virgin Media
Head to the O2 Priority app to get up to three months free Apple TV+. New customers will get three months, while if you’ve had Apple TV+ before you’ll get two months. Offer ends 11 August 2023.
If you’ve not on O2 or Virgin Media then you can still get O2 Priority (and other freebies like Odeon tix and Greggs treats) for £10 via this hack.
2 months free
New and previous customers can claim two months free until 2 December 2022.
Five months free via Barclaycard
New and existing Barclaycard customers can get five months free Apple TV+. The offer ends 22 September 2023 (extended from mid-July 2022).
Once you have claimed your code (sent via email), the terms say it must be used by 31 October 2023. You can only use one code per Apple account.
If you currently pay for Apple TV+ you’ll need to cancel your subscription before you can redeem the code.
This is alongside up to five free months for Apple Music, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade (the length of these freebies depends on whether you’re a new or previous user of those services).
It’s not a reason to apply for a new credit card, but if you are going to get one, make sure you clear the balance in full every month to avoid getting charged interest.
One year for £69.99
If you subscribe upfront for a year you’ll pay just £69.99, effectively 12 months for the price of 10. It’s not easy to find this option, so you have to search in your settings.
Anyone on an iPhone or iPad needs to go to the Settings app, then click your name followed by subscriptions. You’ll see Apple TV+ listed, and when you hit that you’ll see the options available to you.
If you’re using a browser you can log in with your Apple ID and go to Settings in the menu to do the same.
However, I do think you’re better off paying monthly and cancelling when there’s nothing you want to watch, or when you’re using other streaming services. I’m confident this way you’ll pay for way less than 10 months a year.
Free with Apple Music student subscription
Apple TV+ is currently free for students who sign up for Apple Music. This costs £5.99 a month, saving 46% on the normal cost, and that’s before you factor in the free TV.
The free Apple TV+ is for a “limited time” but there’s no information of how long it’ll be.
6 months free via Currys (expired)
As long as you’ve not already redeemed an Apple TV+ deal via Currys or Carphone Warehous you can grab six months free with any purchase between 2 and 29 November 2022.
This means could buy a light bulb for a few quid (though try for click and collect to avoid extra delivery charges). A few cheap items I found:
Within 10 days you’ll be sent an email with the link to claim the free streaming. You’ll need to use your code by 29 December 2022.
It’s open to new and previous Apple TV+ users. If you currently have a pass you’ll need to cancel it first.
After the six months you’ll be charged full price if you don’t cancel.
Apple TV+ hacks
Split the cost
Apple TV+ can be shared via Apple Family feature, meaning you and five others can get access to the subscription. If you split the cost between you that brings the cost down:
- Two people: £2.50 each
- Three people: £1.66 each
- Four people: £1.25 each
- Five people: £1 each
- Six people: 83p each
When you set up Family Sharing, just be aware there are other features you can share such as iCloud storage and the App Store billing – so be careful what you share with people outside your home.
Apple TV+ vs Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime & NOW
It’s a competitive streaming market right now, with some great content on Disney+ and Netflix in particular. However Apple TV+ is the cheapest of all the main streaming services. Here’s how it compares on cost:
|Service||Apple TV+||Disney+||Netflix||Amazon Prime Video||NOW|
|Cost||£6.99 a month||£7.99 a month||£4.99 to £13.99 a month||£5.99 to £8.99 a month||£9.99 for Entertainment and £9.99 for Cinema|
Of course, the prices above aren’t what I pay when I get these other services, and there are ways to bring the costs down for each of them. For details on how to do this, check out these individual articles.