Apple TV+ Review, One Year Later

We took another look at the Apple Tv + after one full year. Here’s what we found.

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Craig Hanks
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February 16, 2021
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I do not care for Apple. Now, I'm not talking about the individual products. Those are great. But I've always been extremely resistant to the idea of fully jumping into the ecosystem.

But if there's one product that’s giong to break down my defenses and turn me into a pure Apple fan, it's not gonna be the iPhone or the Macbook or the iWatch or whatever it's called.

It's Apple TV+, believe it or not.

So we're one year into Apple TV+. And, at this point, I'm feeling pretty justified because when it came out, I said that I was more excited by it than I was by Disney+, which was released just a week or two later.

And as it turns out, I was right to feel that way. And now those who hopped on the bandwagon early have been gifted a bandwagon extension in the form of three more free months of Apple TV+.

And that's exciting because after a year full of so many new streaming services, this one remains my favorite dark horse.

Now, let me see if I can convince you. Let's dive in.

Apple TV+ Review, the Facts

All right, now, Apple TV+, let's just start with the facts because there are some things that haven't changed in the last year.

It still costs five bucks a month, and you can get one year free with an Apple device purchase, so an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, whatever. And they also have something coming up, which is called Apple One. And that's gonna be sometime this fall.

Apple One will bundle Apple TV+ with other Apple services, like Music, Arcade, and so on. Okay, now, Apple TV+ is available on most devices, but it is not available on any Google devices. You know how these companies are. Sometimes they just don't play nice together, right?

All right, and Apple TV+ is made up almost entirely of original shows and movies, so no huge backlog of other stuff.

As for what they do have, it's 38 titles, at least at the last time I counted, with at least 10 more coming soon and many, many more on the horizon.

Plus, we've got season two of those early titles that we got in 2019, but a lot of those productions were delayed because of COVID. So we're not sure exactly when we're going to get them.

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Apple TV+ Review, Original Titles

Now, about those original titles. All right, now, 38 may not sound like much. And yeah, it may not be much, but there’s a whole lot of quality.

Well, let me explain. Throw a genre at me. You want some crime drama? Check out Truth Be Told. Post-apocalyptic fantasy? Watch See. Social commentary? They've got The Morning Show. Cynical comedy, Mythic Quest. Heartwarming comedy, Ted Lasso. Creepy horror, Servant. Oprah stuff, Oprah,

Anyway, this is all quality stuff. Not all of these genres, not all of these shows are gonna be up your alley. But whatever your flavor is, I can pretty much guarantee that Apple TV+ has a premium, quality version of it.

Apple TV+ vs Netflix, Hulu, etc.

Now, some complain about the lack of an extensive catalog of older titles with Apple TV+, and I get it.

It is fun to jump into Netflix or Prime Video or whatever and watch something out of left field from 1974 that you never would've found otherwise. But is that what gets you to pay 13 bucks every month for Netflix? No, probably not. I'm guessing it's the promise of the next new obsession, whether that's Tiger King or Stranger Things or The Great British Bake Off or whatever.

Apple TV+ has that, the obsession-worthy premium shows that you just wanna get lost in. It just doesn't have the rest of that library of random stuff. So is that a drawback? Sure, but it's also only five bucks a month. So you're not paying for something that you're not getting.

Dollar for dollar, the only streaming service that comes close to this value is Disney+ at seven bucks a month. And the relative value of each is going to depend on your own tastes.

Apple TV+, Best Bang for your Buck?

So for my money, Apple TV+ is the easy winner here. Now, don't get me wrong. I have Disney+, I love Disney+, I have no intention of getting rid of it. It's great, especially as a daily go-to for my kids or when we wanna dip into the archive and watch Hocus Pocus for Halloween or whatever.

But for me, an adult who loves well-produced dramas and comedies and documentaries, Apple TV+ is absolutely killing it.

I just spent the weekend with some friends of mine, and after I showed them the first episode of Ted Lasso, we tore through the rest of the season in just a couple of nights. And now they're watching See, and I'm pretty sure Apple has another subscriber for life.

Now, as for whether it will get me to invest more heavily in the rest of Apple's lineup, eh, we'll see. But, hey, it's got a better shot than a $1,200 iPhone, that's for sure.

Now, if you've made it this far into the video without rushing to the comments to preach the wonders of the Apple ecosystem to me, then you must not be a mega Apple fan either. But I do still wanna hear what you think of their streaming service. And I want you to tell me how right I am for proclaiming its virtues.

So hit those comments, like and subscribe, share this with your Apple TV+-resistant friends. And I'll see you next time. And it's not hard to make converts either. Oh, jets. I feel like that's my new curse word. Ah, jets. Leaf blowers.

Craig Hanks
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Craig Hanks
Craig is a long-time writer, presenter, and podcaster, and he now runs the YouTube channel, where he strives to be far more charming and presentable than he is in real life. Within the umbrella, he has accidentally become a streaming expert after covering the streaming wars for almost three years. Craig is also the founder and host of The Legendarium Podcast, his outlet for his love of fantasy and sci-fi literature.

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