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The Apple TV app is coming to the next-gen Xbox family
Bringing with it a large stable of streaming services.
Xbox has announced the Apple TV app will be heading to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on 10 November. Xbox compatibility means a broader audience will have access to some stellar Apple TV Plus originals, like Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet and Ted Lasso but more importantly, it confirms compatibility for a wider stable of streaming and catch-up services that are available through the Apple TV app, such as Disney Plus, Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Optus Sport, ABC iView, Optus Sport and more.
Unlike most streaming services, the Apple TV app is also a management/discovery tool for a huge range of streaming services. In-app features, like universal search, will allow Xbox users to search for a TV show or movie across every streaming service within the Apple TV ecosystem.
On iPhone, the Apple TV Plus app simply redirects you to the alternative streaming service app once you've found what you're looking for. We're not sure how that will shake out with streaming services like Binge that aren't currently supported on Xbox platforms. We've reached out to Xbox for clarification.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
Is there anything worth watching on Apple TV Plus?
There is, actually. There's just not much there. Compared to other streaming services, Apple TV Plus is still a relative newcomer, so it needs time build out its library of originals. Still, some of the best Apple TV Plus shows we've seen so far include Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, a game dev comedy from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney, fish-out-of-water football comedy Ted Lasso and Jennifer Aniston's breakout hit, The Morning Show. There are even fewer original movies to pick from (nine in total) but Tom Hanks' Greyhound, stunning 4K doco The Elephant Queen, and the Beastie Boys Story are all worth a watch.
How much does Apple TV Plus cost?
Here in Australia, an Apple TV Plus subscription will set you back $7.99 per month. There's a 7-day free trial if you're looking to try before you buy but it's worth noting that most Apple device purchases over the last 12 months have come packed in with a full year of Apple TV Plus at no extra cost. That includes the latest iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. If you were already considering upgrading, you should take advantage of the promo. It's also worth noting that Telstra's Xbox All Access deal lets you add an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S to your monthly phone bill. So if you bundle that all in together, you've got your next-gen gaming and streaming options sorted for the next year.
Here's a small selection of popular iPhone 12 plans you can bundle an Xbox Series X or Series S with.