On November 1st 2019, Apple entered the bustling and already competitive video streaming market with the launch of Apple TV Plus. Some were unsure if the Cupertino company could keep up in the content creation game, but it has proved them wrong by delivering a number of award-winning shows.
While its content library is not as extensive as its competitors — namely Netflix, Disney Plus and Prime Video — Apple serves subscribers a platter of high-quality originals, very much focusing on quality over quantity. Despite this, Apple claims new shows and movies are added to the platform every Wednesday and Friday and has stayed consistent with a monthly drop (or two) of original content.
However, some question whether Apple TV Plus is worth maintaining an ongoing subscription to, especially if you’re looking to cut down recurring monthly spends. To help you decide if Apple TV Plus is best for you, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on what the service will cost you this year, what’s included in its monthly plan and more.
If you’re interested in price comparisons across streaming services available in Australia or the best streaming services in Australia are, we’ve got you covered too.
Apple TV Plus Australia plans and prices
Apple TV Plus currently offers two subscription plans:
Apple makes subscribing to its TV Plus service incredibly simple by having just one tier to select. This is an ad-free monthly subscription, which you can share with up to five Apple Family members. You can experience up to 4K resolution, Dolby Atmos soundtracks and more, at a decent price of AU$12.99 p/m.
Unlike some of Apple's other products that are geared towards Apple loyalists, Apple TV Plus can be accessed by anyone, virtually anywhere. As expected, it's available on iPhones, iPads, Macs and the Apple TV media player. But you can also access Apple TV on a wide range of other devices, including games consoles, TVs or a web browser.
Aside from a monthly Apple TV Plus plan, you can bundle your Apple subs (think Apple Fitness, Music, Arcade, etc.) under a single Apple One monthly plan. Starting from AU$24.95p/m for an individual plan, these bundles automatically include Apple TV Plus, so if you've invested in an Apple ecosystem you might already have access without even knowing.
Thinking of cancelling Apple TV Plus this month? Here's what we recommend instead.
March is a perfect time to sign up for Prime Video, as one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year, Road House, debuts on the platform. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ex-UFC fighter in an adrenaline-fueled remake of the 80s cult classic. We’ll also get a Zac Efron and John Cena comedy in Ricky Stanicky, new episodes of Invincible with its star-studded cast, the release of George Clooney’s The Boys In A Boat and Dylan Sprouse and Virginia Gardner lead the way in the Beautiful Disaster sequel, Beautiful Wedding.
How to pick the right plan for your needs
For most streaming services — Apple TV Plus included — plan prices typically revolve around two key factors: number of screens and streaming resolution. Obviously, some other factors go into this, like catalogue access and other non-streaming-related benefits, but for the most part, plans are based on the former.
The biggest difference between Apple TV Plus and other streaming services is its accessibility. Unlike services that offer similar price points, you can stream Apple TV Plus on up to six screens at the same time — at least two screens more than any other platform. And if you’re looking to watch content offline, Apple has unlimited downloads per device.
This could mean, for larger households, you can stream on different devices under the same Apple ID. However, if you want to set up user profiles, you’ll need to add a different Apple ID per household/ Apple Family member if you want to keep viewing recommendations separate (and if you don’t want family-friendly content coming up in the middle of a Severance binge).
Are there ways to save on subscription costs?
You can access a complimentary three-month subscription to Apple TV Plus when you purchase an eligible Apple device, so you can give it a go and stick around afterwards if it's up your alley. If you haven't made a recent Apple purchase, you can take advantage of a 7-day free trial that you can cancel anytime.
If you’re on an Apple Music Student plan you’ll get a free sub to Apple TV Plus too, so that’ll save you a chunk of change if you’re a budget conscious uni student.
Meanwhile, switching to an annual sub can save you AU$25.89 per year — which leaves you a little wiggle room if you decide to rent or buy iTunes content.
How does Apple TV Plus pricing compare to other streaming services?
In terms of overall value, Apple TV Plus offerings feature primarily original content and other licensed content that is available to either rent or buy. Notably, Apple TV Plus has a running list of original content releases since its launch, and while it’s not as extensive as Netflix’s catalogue, Apple TV Plus originals are on par when it comes to quality.
Apple TV Plus original shows include feel-good soccer comedy, Ted Lasso, Morning Wars, an unapologetic candid workplace drama lead by powerhouses Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and mind-boggling Ben Stiller-directed sci-fi series Severance.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, the sister series to the immersive Godzilla v Kong universe, is a recent highlight, and we also have the upcoming WW2 drama Masters of The Air to look forward to, streaming from January 26th.
In terms of original movies, Apple TV Plus has something for everyone. Killers of the Flower Moon calls the platform home as a standout original film from 2023, alongside several original celebrity tell-all documentaries, like Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me and Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, just to name a few. Ridley Scott's epic Napoleon film, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is also expected soon.
The platform is also home to family-focused animated film Luck, which follows a rather unlucky protagonist and a signature black cat named Bob, and reignites the love of Peanuts for audiences young and old with One-of-a-Kind Marcie.
Has the Australian Apple TV Plus price increased over time?
Over the last 12 months, the streaming service has upped its subscription price twice, resulting in a AU$5 increase from AU$7.99 p/m to AU$12.99 p/m. Despite the increase in cost, Apple TV Plus remains one of the more affordable streaming services in Australia, especially when you factor in its lack of adverts.
However, you may incur extra costs by buying or renting other licensed content, as mentioned above. If you’re keen to rent or buy something that isn’t available to stream yet, you may want to consider Prime Video too, as it is also a prominent feature (and prices per rental can be a bit pricey on Apple TV Plus).
Is an Apple TV Plus subscription worth it?
If you’ve gotten this far, you’re probably still debating whether an Apple TV Plus subscription is worth signing up for, so here’s our recommendation.
Apple TV Plus used to be affordable enough to justify a year round subscription, but with recent price hikes and the ending of originals like Ted Lasso, some may find it hard to stick with.
However, Apple TV Plus has a plethora of new releases coming out this year and while we recommend committing to it this month, we may change our minds next month. Apple does offer a 7-day free trial, as well as other ways to access a complimentary sub, so we recommend giving that a go before deciding if it’s worth keeping or cancelling.
If you’re thinking of cancelling your subscription, we have a guide on how to cancel Apple TV Plus AU that you may want to check out.
Get the BEST of Tom’s Guide daily right in your inbox: Sign up now!
Upgrade your life with the Tom’s Guide newsletter. Subscribe now for a daily dose of the biggest tech news, lifestyle hacks and hottest deals. Elevate your everyday with our curated analysis and be the first to know about cutting-edge gadgets.
Lucy Scotting is a digital content writer for Tom’s Guide in Australia, primarily covering NBN and internet-related news. Lucy started her career writing for HR and staffing industry publications, with articles covering emerging tech, business and finance. In her spare time, Lucy can be found watching sci-fi movies, working on her dystopian fiction novel or hanging out with her dog, Fletcher.