That's a shame, I received a one year free subscription to Apple TV+ for buying a new iPhone. My TV doesn't have the app or Airplay 2. I won't be giving Apple more money by buying their little box. Can't watch TV on the phone or iPad, not as a family, so it is almost a waste having the free subscription, It won't be worth renewing it once the free period is up. Its a shame.
Hi Ernie_C, Thank you for your reply. I have tried some of those methods, the 3rd party apps are poor I'm afraid it wasn't a good experience. I have 2 Firesticks, unfortunately they are not new and so the Apple app is not available on them, they work for everything else plus I have the Prime app on the TV as well, which is different to the Firestick and also does not give me access to Apple TV, so I won't be buying more of them, I am thwarted at every turn it seems, I tried linking the laptop to the TV, this did work but trailing cables across the living room made me somewhat less than popular plus controlling everything from the laptop is annoying! Apple don't play nice at the best of times, they seem under the impression that its a privilege to use their products when often its just a pain. It is not a big deal, Apple TV+ for the moment is not that good a service and certainly not worth paying for (for me anyway), but it would have been good to use it while the subscription was free. Thanks again.
None of the pay TV platform providers carry the Apple TV+ app. This is either because Apple want it to remain exclusive to the internet based platform, or because there are rights issues that conflict with content of existing broadcasters that Virgin carries.
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That makes sense and is not surprising. Apple are pretty aloof as companies go I am not a fan even though I have an iPhone, it is a company phone so it doesn't cost me anything, if I were paying for it it may be a different story.
It's ridiculously easy to get Apple TV+, I can download it onto my Fire TV stick I bought in 2018. It's also available on any Roku device (the Roku Express HD costs £29.99, the Roku Premiere HD £39.99).
Hi Roger, thanks for the reply. I have tried to download them onto the Firesticks, ours are older than that unfortunately but I have tried...I will try again though. The thing is we have Firesticks for Prime, we also have Netflix, I have no interest in the Disney app, Disney+ I think its called, although I can get that on the TV I think. I can't justify buying yet another streaming stick even if it is only around £30 or £40 just for the Apple app, and their own box is stupidly priced so I won't buy that anyway. The best option seemed to be if Virgin had plans for the app on their box or Apple release an Android TV app we can all use, but that seems unlikely reading some of the replies received. It is a shame given I have the free subscription, ultimately it will be Apple who lose if nothing changes by the time the subscription ends. Thanks again for the reply.