Netflix is already considered the icon of online streaming with a variety of contents – original and licensed shows and movies from different production companies. It’s like my go to app for binge watching, de-stressing [I watch sad Koreanovelas ‘coz it feels good after crying], and ‘chillaxing’. It’s so popular that it is almost synonymous to chilling.
But for customers in Asia like me, it now starts to feel boring as much of the contents you can watch in the US are not available here. You cannot use VPN as well as their system has gotten better in detecting any usage. Last time I tried using one, I only got to see the shows available but was not able to play those that are not available in my region. Also, the quality of shows are not really consistent. Some are good while some are just a waste of time.
So, when Apple announced that they will be launching Apple TV+ on November 1 in over 100 countries and regions, with high quality original contents, I got pretty excited. Everyone knows how good Apple products are so I am expecting that that attention to details reflects as well on the shows they will be adding to the service. And so far, the programs they’ve already announced seem to deliver. The price at 4.99 USD is also more affordable than Netflix’s.
“With Apple TV+, we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative minds, and we know viewers will find their new favorite show or movie on our service,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “Each Apple TV+ original offers its own unique story, fresh perspective and powerful message — all meant to entertain, connect and inspire cultural conversations.”
The trailers of the exclusives that will be available on day 1 so far look like they’re meant for the big screen. And Apple promises that Apple TV+ originals will be added to the Apple TV app each month.
“Subscribers can watch Apple TV+ originals both online and offline, ad-free and on demand, on the Apple TV app, which comes pre-installed on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and iPod touch and will soon be on Mac with macOS Catalina. The Apple TV app is also available on select Samsung smart TVs, and will come to Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future. Customers can also sign up and watch Apple TV+ originals on the web at tv.apple.com.“
Learn more about Apple TV+ here.