Streaming services saw a boost in viewership over the last year as many Americans chose to stay inside and binge-watch their sorrows away. Thanks to brands like Roku and Apple, we have a few streaming devices and services to choose from as we look for the best movies and shows to stream from the couch.
Roku – which offers many different types of streaming devices – does its best to be consumer-friendly by giving customers access to a wide variety of streaming services that you can download on the device, including Apple TV+.
While Apple offers their own streaming device hardware, called Apple TV, we'll focus on Roku devices today. One of the nice things about Roku is they sell many devices to fit different budgets and viewing needs.
Like most streaming devices nowadays, once you open the box, you only need to plug it into a TV, power it up, and connect it to your home WiFi. You should have no trouble watching Apple TV+ on your Roku streaming device. We'll run through what you need to get up and running.
Released at the end of 2019, Apple TV+ is Apple's official foray into the crowded video on-demand streaming market. Apple TV+ gives you access to a slate of original movies, shows, and documentaries created by Apple specifically for their streaming service.
This is an ad-free, subscription-based service. At the moment, Apple TV+ subscriptions cost $5 per month or $50 per year. New users will get a free 7-day trial. If you purchased an Apple device recently, such as an iPhone or iPad, you might have already received a free year of Apple TV+ as a bonus. However, this promotion is scheduled to end soon.
Apple TV+ is building the content that's available on their service from the ground up. So there aren't as many shows and movies to watch as there are on more venerable streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu. Despite less to choose from, the content library on Apple TV+ still holds a few gems that are worth your time.
Apple TV+ has helped categorize it all into user-friendly sections to help navigate the service. Have a favorite actor or actress? You can easily sort by every title they may be featured in. Want to find the latest releases? How about Emmy-nominated shows? Apple TV+ makes it easy to search the content in different ways.
What you can watch with Apple TV+ changes depending on the device you use. With Roku, you'll only be able to watch Apple TV+ content. If you use an Apple device to watch Apple TV+, you can also sign into other streaming services and access the movies and shows on those services through the Apple TV+ platform.
All Roku devices use the same Roku Store. So any of the current models Roku sells should support Apple TV+. Below are the devices Roku offers right now. Roku also carries smart TVs, but we'll stick to the devices here:
Roku Express 4K
Roku Express 4K+
Roku Streaming Stick+
Roku Streaming Stick+ HE
Roku Ultra LT
Roku Streambar pro
After buying a Roku device, you'll need to download Apple TV+ as an app from the Roku Store. To clarify, Roku refers to streaming services as "channels." Apple TV+ is available as a channel you can download, then access through the Roku home screen or via search.
Roku devices are very easy to set up and use. The exact steps you'll follow during the set up will change depending on the model you buy. Just connect the device to a power source, plug it into your TV's HDMI input, and follow the instructions on the TV screen.
Using your Roku remote, navigate to the home screen and find the search feature. Next, search for "Apple TV+" and download the channel from the Roku Store. After you've downloaded it, the Apple TV+ icon should be visible on your home screen.
If you don't already have an Apple TV+ subscription, you'll need to sign up for one, just like you would with other subscription-based streaming services, such as Hulu or Disney+. If you already have an Apple TV+ subscription, you can sign into it using your Apple ID.
Once you're signed up for Apple TV+, just use your Roku remote to click on the Apple TV+ icon, and the streaming service should open, and you can start watching shows and movies. If you have any issues with playback, first check your internet connection. If your WiFi works, try restarting your Roku device or deleting the Apple TV+ channel, then redownloading it to your device. Roku also provides customer support if you can't solve the issue yourself.
While Apple TV+ has expanded the original shows and movies you can watch on their service over the last couple of years, the content is still somewhat limited. Apple TV+ hasn't been around long, so their on-demand library isn't nearly as comprehensive as many of the longer-running services like Netflix. But there's still a good amount of content to check out.
Apple TV+ original movies include Cherry, starring Tom Holland as a war veteran who turns to bank-robbing to support his addiction. There's also Greyhound, a WWII action/thriller that is written by and starring Tom Hanks. You can also watch the historical biopic The Banker, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie.
If you're looking for a new show, we recommend checking out Ted Lasso first. The show has been a big hit for Apple TV+, and critics love the series. You can also watch The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell. The Morning Show provides an inside look at how society and media interact.
Apple TV+ also features quite a few documentaries with big names. You can check out the feature-length documentary Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry, or the docuseries The Me You Can't See, featuring Oprah and Prince Harry.
Each title comes with an age-appropriate disclaimer to let users know what to expect. The Apple TV+ Originals include content for both adults and kids, so this feature is helpful to have, especially if you have children in the house.
It's never been easier to access the latest and greatest streaming devices and apps. Having access to original comedies, dramas, thrillers, documentaries, and kid's shows guarantees you will be able to find something to sit down and enjoy.
While Apple TV+ does not include a back catalog of any kind, it does bring all available media to your front door. With around 80 titles to watch right now, the Apple TV+ original content lineup continues to grow.
Apple TV+ is one of the more affordable streaming services, and Roku offers some of the lowest-price devices on the market. So if you're looking for a cost-effective way to stream movies and shows, watching Apple TV+ on Roku is a solid choice.