Apple TV+ is a subscription-based streaming service similar to the ones you're probably already familiar with, such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max. It launched at the end of 2019. Now after a few years, Apple TV+ has about 40 million users in the U.S.
If you've purchased an Apple smartphone or computer recently, there's a good chance you received a free year of service from Apple TV+. For everyone else, this service will run you $5 per month or $50 per year.
To clarify, Apple TV+ is separate from Apple TV, which is a line of media players. And although Apple is a big name in the tech world, Apple TV+ has struggled to find the same foothold among streaming audiences as many of their competitors.
Netflix, for example, currently boasts 74 million U.S. and Canadian subscribers. Despite the limited success of Apple TV+, the streaming service now has a certified hit show under their belt: Ted Lasso. The award-winning series has helped Apple TV+ gain exposure, and the recent announcement of the high-budget sci-fi series The Foundation, based on the novels written by the legendary Issac Asimov, could mean Apple TV+ gains further recognition this year.
While Apple TV+ features some device limitations, the service should work just fine with Amazon Fire devices. If you're looking to watch Apple TV+ on your Amazon Fire Stick or one of Amazon's other streaming devices, we'll walk through what you need to get started.
Apple TV+ is one of the more affordable subscription-based streaming services available right now. At $5 per month, Apple TV+ is less expensive than Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and Disney+. But the Apple TV+ on-demand library of movies and shows isn't nearly as comprehensive as what you'll find with many of the competitors.
The service has only been around for a few years, so Apple TV+ hasn't built up the same roster of originals that other long-running streaming service providers have been able to do. And Apple TV+ isn't attached to a legacy TV brand, so it doesn't have access to a broad back catalog like you'll get with HBO Max and Paramount+.
However, the Apple TV+ library has expanded in the last few years, and if you're burnt out on Hulu and Netflix, then Apple TV+ definitely offers a few series and feature films that are worth checking out. You'll also get a 7-day free trial right now.
It's also worth noting that what Apple TV+ looks like changes depending on the device you're using. If you're using an Apple device like an iPhone or an Apple TV, then you'll also be able to sign into other streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime. This is a nice feature, so you don't have to worry about switching between different services.
If you're watching on an Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, or any other device besides the ones Apple makes, then you'll only be able to access Apple TV+ content.
If you're using an Amazon Fire device, you can download Apple TV+ as an app to watch. Most of the Amazon Fire streaming devices that were released in the last few years should work just fine with Apple TV+. We're focused on streaming devices right now, so Amazon Fire TVs are not included in our list below:
These days setting up a streaming service on your streaming device is fairly simple. Amazon makes an effort to ensure their streaming devices can be set up without any technical know-how. It's essentially just plug in and play.
Amazon sells quite a few different versions of streaming devices, so the exact steps you'll follow will change depending on which device you buy. But all of the devices have a straightforward setup that should only take a minute or two. You'll just need to plug the device into your TV and the wall, then follow the instructions on the screen.
Once you have the Amazon Fire device up and running, you'll need to download the app for Apple TV+ on the device. To download the app, just search for it from the home screen of the Amazon fire device. After Apple TV+ is downloaded to your device, you should be able to click the app icon to open it.
You'll need a subscription to access the content on Apple TV+. After downloading the Apple TV+ app on your Amazon Fire device, you'll be able to access Apple TV+ in the Apps and Channels section of your device's home screen. If you already have a subscription to Apple TV+, you'll be able to access it with your Apple ID. If you need to sign up for an Apple TV+ subscription, you may need to do so through the Apple TV+ website.
After you're signed in to your Apple TV+ account on your Amazon Fire device, all you need to do next is click on the Apple TV+ app and start watching. If there are any playback issues, restarting your device or deleting, then redownloading, the Apple TV+ app might do the trick.
Apple TV+ is focused on making original content, so pretty much everything you'll find on Apple TV+ is original. Since the company launched a few years ago, the streaming service has been building up its roster of shows and movies. But Apple TV+ started from scratch, so there are still less than a hundred titles available on the service.
There's still plenty to watch, especially if you're tired of what's available on Netflix. Most of the content on Apple TV+ can be divided into three rough categories--movies, shows, and documentaries.
A few of the movies you can watch on Apple TV+ include Cherry, the big-budget drama that tells the story of a war veteran turned bank robber, starring Tom Holland. You can also check out On the Rocks, a dramedy about a young mother reconnecting with her estranged father, starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. If you're a Tom Hanks fan, check out the WWII thriller Greyhound, written by and starring Hanks.
The biggest show on Apple TV+ is unquestionably Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis as an American football coach who travels to the UK to coach an English soccer/football team. Once you finish Ted Lasso, you can also check out the anthology series, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, as well as The Morning Show, starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
Documentaries and docuseries are where Apple TV+ shines. For feature-length documentaries, try nature doc The Elephant Queen, Werner Hertzog's Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, or Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry. For docuseries, check out The Me You Can't See with Oprah and Prince Harry or 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything.
Apple TV+ may not be your first choice for a streaming service, but it definitely offers a couple movies and shows that are worth your time, and it looks like there are more Apple Originals, like The Foundation, on the way. Amazon Fire devices are a great way to stream shows, and you should have no issues watching Apple TV+ on your Amazon streaming device.