Do You Still Have To Pay For Movies On Apple TV Plus?


If you’re a brand-new Apple TV user, you probably have several questions on what content is included with the Apple TV+ subscription as well as what, if any, content is free to watch on the Apple TV device itself.

You will still have to pay for movies on Apple TV App even if you have an Apple TV+ subscription. This is because the Apple TV app also displays movies & shows from iTunes, which are not included on your Apple TV subscription. The Apple TV+ subscription only includes Apple’s original content & will feature an AppleTV+ logo on them.

Now let’s take a look at what you get with the Apple TV+ subscription as well as what’s offered on the Apple TV app that is not included with your subscription. We also throw in a list of free channels which offer popular shows and movies you can watch on your Apple TV device. Let’s dive in!

What Does Apple TV+ Subscription Give You?

The Apple TV+ doesn’t feature access to blockbuster films or popular classics. Instead, the Apple TV+ is heavily focused on Apple original content, which can only be watched on Apple TV+. Apple TV has reportedly spent 6 billion on content to feature the top A-list celebrities in their original films & TV shows.

Popular Apple originals include The Morning Show —a drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, See — an epic sci-fi drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard. The Oprah Conversation— an interview talk show hosted by Oprah featuring Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Mathew McConaughey, and much more.

Take a look at everything Apple TV+ has to offer here.

The Apple TV app still offers the latest blockbuster movies and classics, which you will have the option buy or rent; these are content being displayed from the iTunes Store & are not included with your Apple TV+ subscription.

Channels & Services on Apple TV App That’s Not Included in Your Apple TV+ Subscription:

Apart from being able to rent & buy movies & TV Shows from iTunes directly within the Apple TV app. You will also be able to subscribe to several channels & third-party services directly on the Apple TV App offering selection of shows, movies, live events, sporting events, all of which can be accessed and viewed directly on the Apple TV app. Each channel will require its own subscription fee; most of these channels provide a free trial for you to test out before purchasing. Here’s a list of channels & their prices on Apple TV:

  • Acorn TV – $5.99
  • Arrow Video Channel – $4.99
  • Comedy Central Now – $3.99
  • CuriosityStream – $2.99
  • Epix – $5.99
  • Eros Now Select – $3.49
  • Hallmark Movies Now – $5.99
  • Bet+ – $9.99
  • BFIPlayer Classics – $5.99
  • Britbox – $6.99
  • IFC Films Unlimited – $5.99
  • Lifetime Movie Club – $3.99
  • A&E Crime Central – $4.99
  • NickHits – $7.99
  • Noggin – $7.99
  • Out TV – $2.99
  • Pantaya – $5.99
  • PBS Living – $2.99
  • Showtime – $10.99
  • Shudder – $5.99
  • ALLBLK – $4.99
  • AMC+ – $8.99
  • Apple TV+ – $4.99
  • Moonbug Kids – $1.99
  • Paramount+ – $9.99
  • Cinemax – $9.99
  • History Vault – $4.99
  • MTV Hits – $5.99
  • Mubi – $10.99
  • Smithsonian Channel Plus – $4.99
  • Starz – $8.99
  • Sundance Now – $6.99
  • Tastemade – $2.99
  • Topic – $5.99
  • Up Faith & Family – $4.99

Here’s how you can subscribe to Apple TV Channels.

How do I find free movies on Apple TV?

The Apple TV Box comes with a selection of channels & apps which allow you to watch shows for free. Here are few popular apps you can get on your Apple TV device which will provide free movies, tv shows, music, events, & News:

  • Crackle
  • Pluto TV
  • NewsY
  • Calm
  • Rakuten VIKI
  • ABC News
  • CBS News
  • SKY News
  • Food Network
  • Peacock
  • Stirr
  • Tubi
  • PBS & PBS Kids
  • Kanopy
  • Newson
  • Spotify (Free Version)
  • Twitch
  • YouTube
  • Bloomberg
  • TED

Is it worth upgrading to Apple TV?

Well, since the Apple TV+ only provides Apple originals, this means that there isn’t a giant catalog of movies on its platform. However, the movies they do have are extremely high-budget and high quality. So if you’re a fan of Apple’s original content, then you’ll want to sign up for Apple TV+. However, if you’re interested in binging a ton of blockbuster films and classics, then Apple TV+ might not be the best option for you unless you add it on top of another streaming service that offers a deeper variety of content. The Apple TV+ subscription currently costs $4.99; Apple also offers a free trial allowing you to test it out for yourself.

Related Questions:

Does Apple TV Have Live TV?

You will be able to watch live TV on your Apple TV through its “Channels” feature; this is a premium multi-channel service that can be accessed and watched directly within the Apple TV app. Alternatively, you can download apps on your Apple TV from specific channels you want to watch. A few Apps that offer live entertainment include FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now,

Does Apple TV Need WIFI?

The Apple TV does need an internet connection to set up & stream online content; it can be connected via WIFI or directly from your through an ethernet cable. However, It will still operate without an internet connection, but since you can’t store content on it locally, all you would be able to do is Airplay content from your phone to your Apple TV device.

Does Apple TV have Bluetooth?

Yes, the Apple TV does have Bluetooth, so you will be able to connect your devices to your Apple TV. To do so, simply go to Settings > Remotes and Devices Bluetooth. Select your device from the list, and your device should now be connected.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it; if you have an Apple TV+ subscription, you will still need to pay for content on your Apple TV that doesn’t feature the Apple TV logo; that’s because the Apple TV app also displays iTunes content available to buy & rent. Alternatively, you will be able to watch free movies, TV shows & channels on your Apple TV device through free third-party apps such as Crackle, Pluto TV, NewsY, Calm, Rakuten VIKI, ABC News & much more.

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