Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month, while Disney+ costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Apple TV+’s monthly fee is the lowest monthly payment without a discount compared to other big name streaming services; Netflix costs at least $8.99, Amazon Prime (which includes more than video) is priced at $12.99 and Hulu starts at $5.99. Additionally, Apple TV+’s subscription is free for a full year with the purchase of new select Apple products.
Apple TV+, first announced on Sept. 10 in an Apple special event along with the iPhone 11, launches with several new original series. Original series include “The Morning Show,” starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell, about the lives of fictional morning show hosts; “See,” starring Jason Momoa, about a dystopian future where twins are born with sight in a world of people who lack that sense and “Dickinson,” based on the life of Emily Dickinson, with Hailee Steinfeld in the titular role, along with other launch titles.
The service includes several feature films such as “Servant,” an M. Night Shyamalan production about a couple that uses a doll to replace their dead newborn baby and “The Banker,” starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson, about two African-American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and provide loans to their community in Jim Crow Texas. Upcoming series include an untitled Oprah Winfrey documentary series about mental illness and mental wellness.
Apple TV+ is available to be streamed at tv.apple.com and on the Apple TV app. Support for Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms are set to be released in the future, according to the press release. Apple TV+ can be shared with up to six people.
Officially announced in November of 2018, Disney+ takes Disney’s iconic brands: Marvel, Disney, National Geographic, Star Wars and Pixar and compiles them into a single service. Disney is planning to release new content, exclusive to Disney+, for all the aforementioned studios.
The launch lineup includes the first live-action Star Wars television show “The Mandalorian,” the live-action feature film adaptation of “Lady and the Tramp”; a National Geographic show titled “The World According to Jeff Goldblum”, where Jeff Goldblum will connect regular objects to history, science, people and ideas and the resurgence of a 2017 series titled “Encore!,” which will see former castmates of high school musicals recreate their high school performance under a professional production team.
Titles in development include a new “Monsters Inc.” spinoff show titled “Monsters at Work”; “One Day at Disney,” a full length documentary and 52-episode mini-series showing the day-to-day lives of workers at The Walt Disney Company; the seventh season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and Marvel television shows based on supporting characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Disney’s recent $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, finalized in March, allows Disney+ to stream content such as “The Simpsons” and “The Sound of Music.” Disney+ allows streams on four devices at once, unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices and select titles streamed in 4K.
In anticipation of Disney+, Disney has released a YouTube video that is over three hours long, highlighting the content releasing on Disney+.
Correction: Nov. 3, 2019
A previous version of this story misspelled the names of actors Jeff Goldblum and Steve Carell.