Hot Off the Press Release: Apple TV to Pip Disney+

Apple announced this morning that its Apple TV+ service will launch globally on November 1, including NZ — where it will cost subscribers $8.99 a month.

That will give it nearly a three-week jump on the NZ launch of Disney+ with a lower monthly sub and the opportunity to enjoy the platform free for a year if you buy a new Apple device.

Apple also will offer a free seven-day trial.

Initially, Samsung will have the only TVs with the Apple TV+ app built in but Sony and LG will be next.

The $8.99 sub will make Apple+ one of the cheapest streaming services in this market but its library also will be much smaller than that of Disney+, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Here’s the press release in full:

Apple TV+ launches 1 November, featuring originals from the world’s greatest storytellers

Available on the Apple TV App Worldwide, Apple TV+ Will Be NZ$8.99 inc. GST per Month

Cupertino, California — 11 September, 2019 — Apple today announced Apple TV+, the first all-original video subscription service and home for today’s most imaginative storytellers, will launch 1 November in over 100 countries and regions.

Apple TV+ will offer a powerful and inspiring lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries, including The Morning Show, Dickinson, See, For All Mankind and The Elephant Queen.

The service will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at, for NZ$8.99 inc. GST per month with a seven-day free trial.

Starting today, customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.

“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 favourite 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.”

“Apple TV+ is an unprecedented global video service with an all-original slate,” said Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “We look forward to giving audiences everywhere the opportunity to enjoy these compelling stories within a rich, personalised experience on all the screens they love.”

All-New, Exclusive Originals

These Apple TV+ originals from the world’s most celebrated creative artists will debut on the Apple TV app on 1 November:

  • See, an epic drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind. When all humanity has lost the sense of sight, humans must adapt and find new ways to survive.
  • The Morning Show, a cutthroat drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and starring Steve Carell, explores the world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the morning.
  • Dickinson, a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, explores the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson.
  • For All Mankind, a new series from Ronald D. Moore, imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centrepiece of America’s hopes and dreams.
  • Helpsters, a new children’s series from the makers of “Sesame Street,” stars Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love to help solve problems. It all starts with a plan.
  • Snoopy in Space, a new original from Peanuts Worldwide and DHX Media, takes viewers on a journey with Snoopy as he follows his dreams to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew take command of the International Space Station and explore the moon and beyond.
  • Ghostwriter, a reinvention of the beloved original series, follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighbourhood bookstore, and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature.
  • The Elephant Queen, an acclaimed documentary film and cinematic love letter to a species on the verge of extinction, follows a majestic matriarch elephant and her herd on an epic journey of life, loss and homecoming.

Oprah Winfrey joins the world’s most compelling authors in conversation as she builds a vibrant, global book club community and other projects to connect with people around the world and share meaningful ways to create positive change.

More Apple TV+ originals will be added to the Apple TV app each month, including:

  • Servant, a new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.
  • Truth Be Told, a gripping new series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul, explores America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race.
  • Little America, inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, brings to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America.
  • The Banker, a feature film inspired by a true story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas. Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult also star.
  • Hala, a feature film and official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing.

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 and Sony platforms in the future. Customers can also sign up and watch Apple TV+ originals on the web at

Starting today, viewers can watch trailers and add Apple TV+ series and movies to Up Next on the Apple TV app, so they can be notified when the first episodes become available.

At launch, most Apple TV+ series will premiere with three episodes, with one new episode to roll out each week, while full seasons of some series will be available all at once.

Audiences worldwide can enjoy Apple TV+ originals subtitled and/or dubbed in nearly 40 languages, including Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (SDH) or closed captions. Apple TV+ series and movies will also be available with audio descriptions in eight languages.

Apple TV+ is one of Apple’s newest services, joining Apple Arcade, the world’s first game subscription service featuring over 100 new and exclusive games; Apple News+, which brings together over 300 magazines, newspapers and digital publishers worldwide within the Apple News app; Apple Music, the home of over 50 million songs, thousands of playlists and daily selections from the world’s best music experts;  Apple Pay, the most popular mobile contactless payment system in the world that gives customers an easy, secure and private way to pay using their Apple devices; as well as the App Store and iCloud.

Pricing and Availability

  • Apple TV+ will be available on the Apple TV app for NZ$8.99 inc. GST per month with a seven-day free trial starting 1 November on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, Apple TV (3rd generation), iPod touch and Mac.
  • To subscribe to Apple TV+, customers must update to iOS 12.3 or later, tvOS 12.3 or later and macOS Catalina. The subscription will automatically renew at NZ$8.99 inc. GST per month at the end of the seven-day free trial.
  • Apple TV+ will also be available on the Apple TV app on select 2018, 2019 and newer Samsung smart TVs, and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku and Sony platforms in the future.
  • Customers can also subscribe to and watch Apple TV+ at in Safari, Chrome and Firefox.
  • Customers with AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung and LG smart TVs must update to iOS 12.3 or later or macOS Catalina to play or mirror Apple TV+ originals from the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac directly to their smart TVs. Customers with eligible Sony smart TVs will be able to enjoy AirPlay 2 support later this year.
  • Customers who purchase any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting 10 September can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Beginning 1 November, customers can initiate the one-year free offer in the Apple TV app on the device running the latest software.
  • Customers have three months after device activation to claim the offer, or if the device was purchased and activated before the launch of Apple TV+, they will have three months starting 1 November. The subscription will automatically renew at NZ$8.99 inc. GST per month after one year. Customers can cancel at any time in Settings at least one day before each renewal date. Customers who cancel during the offer period will forfeit the remainder of their offer.
  • This limited time offer applies to both new and refurbished models, is not restricted to any specific sales channel (e.g. resellers) and will be available in all countries where Apple TV+ will launch. Up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription and watch using their own Apple ID and password. Only one one-year offer is available per family, regardless of the number of devices purchased.
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13 Responses to “Hot Off the Press Release: Apple TV to Pip Disney+”

  1. I think Disney+ will be MUCH better though, with over 300 movies and TV shows to watch from day one and I see they will be including LIVE events. I also see there is talk of a Yoda TV show in the works 🙂

  2. Hi Phil. Just wondering if the Apple TV+ service would show 4K content compared to its Netflix rival? If so, would 4K attract a premium price?

  3. Good move by Apple pricing-wise. My Netflix just went up to NZ $21.99 per month for 4K multi screen.

  4. There was no mention of 4K delivery in the press release, Rosco, but given how Apple upgrades HD movies to 4K for free, I can’t imagine it would discriminate between the formats. I expect it to be like Amazon Prime Video and Disney+, and charge the same whatever the resolution.

  5. Couldn’t agree more, Brian. And it’s not as if Netflix is overflowing with 4K content. Their pricing is a rort for people who want better resolution but not four screens. Hopefully the appeal of Disney+, Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime Video will force Netflix to revise its strategy.

  6. I bet Netflix is feeling the heat with having strong competition on the way especially with Disney+. I wonder if Disney will bring their launch day forward to counter Apple TV+. I wouldn’t be surprised 🙂

  7. @Trevor. I think you may be right about that.

  8. Hi Paul W, I notice the lucky people in Netherlands have now got Disney+ in limited form on Android for free until launch day so perhaps I am. Oh well, not too long to wait now 🙂

  9. Hey, Rosco. 9to5Mac’s just published these details about 4K content on Apple TV+: “All Apple TV+ content will be available in Dolby Vision, while most content will also support Dolby Atmos sound. As you might expect, that varies by which device you’re using.”

  10. WOW, I wonder if New Zealand will be getting a 2 month free trial of Disney+ like the Netherlands? It’s really impressive like most of the Marvel movies and all of the Star Wars, including Solo. Of course, the fly in the ointment is probably boo-hiss Sky but still November 19th may be a very interesting day 🙂

  11. Hi Phil. Thanks for the feedback – for 8.99/month, if there is a sizeable 4K catalogue, this could be an appealing streaming solution … when it launches I’ll look more into the library of titles … interesting!

  12. Thanks, Trevor, for the Netherlands update. Brian’s just provided this link for readers who want to know more. Disney also offered great discounts in the US for early subscribers but no sign of that for NZ at this stage.

  13. Hi Philip, I hope Disney offer us a free trial as well even if it’s just a month. It’s really impressive what Netherland got on their Disney+. I don’t think I have felt so excited 🙂

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