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Apple TV+ Comes to Canada November 1, Free Year Included with New Apple Devices

Apple TV+ Comes to Canada November 1, Free Year Included with New Apple Devices

By Simon Hung

Apple TV+ – Apple's upcoming streaming service originally announced in March – is coming to Canada, as the company revealed pricing and a launch date during their September 2019 Special Event.

The streaming service will launch in Canada and 100 other countries on November 1 for $5.99 per month, making it the least expensive option out of the streaming heavyweights including Netflix, Crave and the forthcoming Disney+, which launches 11 days later on November 12.

Seven-day free trials will be available at launch and up to six family members can share a single Apple TV+ subscription. Apple is also including a free one-year subscription with all new or certified-refurbished iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac and iPod touch purchases starting today -- an annual value of $71.88.

The Morning Show, a comedy-drama starring Steve Carrell and Jennifer Aniston, will debut November 1 exclusively on Apple TV+.

Content quality remains the biggest question mark of Apple TV+, as the service will only carry Apple TV+ originals. Apple has reportedly invested upwards of $5 billion USD to create original content, with names like Snoopy, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey attached to some titles, but relying solely on first-party content to sell the service is bold, especially when other services have blockbuster franchises including HBO and Marvel.

The aggressive pricing will certainly help alleviate some apprehension and the inclusion of a free annual subscription is a great value for iOS and macOS users (you only get a single one-year subscription for free, regardless of how many devices you purchase), but we'll have to wait until November 1 to judge whether Apple's big content investment is worth the cost.

Apple TV+ is available on November 1 and you can subscribe online or through the Apple TV app on supported devices at launch.

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Source: Apple

37 Comments

    • Great thread - thanks. I’m hoping we’ll be able to get HBO through this in Canada as well so I can say goodbye to CraveTV
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    • I'm not surprised that it will be available on other streaming services since Samsung and LG will be including iTunes on their 2019 models.
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    • Haffster wrote: Great thread - thanks. I’m hoping we’ll be able to get HBO through this in Canada as well so I can say goodbye to CraveTV
      Bell (owner of Crave) has exclusive rights to HBO in Canada. I suppose you could try a VPN to watch the content Americans get.
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    • I’m ok with the content - it’s the audio/video quality (well, the lack thereof) on CraveTV that annoys me.
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    • Haffster wrote: I’m ok with the content - it’s the audio/video quality (well, the lack thereof) on CraveTV that annoys me.
      It's really bad if you're used to high quality stuff. GoT doesn't deserve that pixely/2.0audio treatment haha. Pirating it is i guess (and i have a cravetv subscription).
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    • Do you think it'll be better than NetFlix?
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    • I wonder if the streaming service will support 4k on other devices as the app on Samsung TVs only have 1080.
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    • JamesEGordon wrote: Do you think it'll be better than NetFlix?
      1 thing is for sure, it will be less controversial. I was reading about the Dr Dre tv series they were planning, when the Apple CEO Tim Cook saw the drug use, orgy, gun violence he axed it. The last thing they want is to lose iphone customers because of their tv shows.

      https://ew.com/tv/2018/09/24/dr-dre-tv-series-apple/
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    • now I have a reason to buy iTune discount card, which will make this even cheaper
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    • I received the notification that I could benefit from 1 year free trial, but I can only see the 7 day free trial either from the device or online. Did someone got the same issue and found workaround?
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    • I feel bad for anyone that paid for this service. Retty. Much non existant content.
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    • PCDawg wrote: I feel bad for anyone that paid for this service. Retty. Much non existant content.
      I am seeing like 8 items to watch. Am I missing something?
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    • If you're already on the Apple Music Student plan - Apple TV+ is automatically free for a year right? You don't need to actively enrolling for it right - just sign into TV+ with your appleID and it's there?
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    • Ticco wrote: If you're already on the Apple Music Student plan - Apple TV+ is automatically free for a year right? You don't need to actively enrolling for it right - just sign into TV+ with your appleID and it's there?
      Free for as long as you remain with an Apple music student account actually, not just 1 year, just log in here and TV+ should work also.

      https://www.apple.com/ca/apple-music/
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    • dudenstein wrote: I received the notification that I could benefit from 1 year free trial, but I can only see the 7 day free trial either from the device or online. Did someone got the same issue and found workaround?
      Did you purchase a qualifying device? If yes, chat with Apple support and have a screenshot available for upload to the chat rep.

      Weird thing is I was also offered one year free, signed up, received an email confirmation that my next billing date is Nov 05/2020 and the same dates are contained in my AppleID's subscription screen. I then get an onscreen message saying I'm only eligible for the 7 day trial. I contacted chat support and they confirmed that I am entitled to a free one year and the subscription information on my account is correct.
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    • How's everyone enjoying it?

      The shows are surprisingly decent - at least For All Man Kind and See appear to be.

      Production quality seem to be pretty damn stellar so far and the cinematography on See is stunning.

      Would never pay for this as it stands now though, there's a dearth of content loll...

      But if you can get it free, the shows appear to be pretty good. Only watched the first episodes of the above two though.
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    • The article doesn't mention 1080p but it's pretty damn good too. It makes me wonder why Apple doesn't use the same level of quality when you buy from the itunes store. It reminds me of Amazon quality before they started messing around with trying to save bandwidth.
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    • The video quality has been surprisingly good for sure
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    • So far been watching For All Mankind, See, and Dickinson.

      All three been quite stellar, Dickinson quite the sleeper - it's funny as shit.
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    • audit13 wrote: Did you purchase a qualifying device? If yes, chat with Apple support and have a screenshot available for upload to the chat rep.

      Weird thing is I was also offered one year free, signed up, received an email confirmation that my next billing date is Nov 05/2020 and the same dates are contained in my AppleID's subscription screen. I then get an onscreen message saying I'm only eligible for the 7 day trial. I contacted chat support and they confirmed that I am entitled to a free one year and the subscription information on my account is correct.
      They sent me an official email last week and it worked. I likely got the notification earlier by mistake. Thank you for the reply :)
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    • For All Mankind is really good.
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    • What if you bought an ipad and returned it? Do you lose the year subscription?
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