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Disney+ and Apple TV+ plan prices and shows at launch vs Netflix, Hulu and Amazon


The cord-cutting trend, and the runaway success that Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streamers that produce original content have become, didn't go unnoticed at Apple. The rumors that it is circling the wagons to try and launch a streaming package mix of shows and popular channels like HBO or Showtime materialized as TV+, Apple's first foray into a new industry in a good while.

The standard Netflix tier now costs $13 a month in the US, so Apple's $4.99 is the greatest undercut among streamers so far, as Apple's original shows can still be counted on your fingers. We were hoping for a grand bargain on a package that includes video, music, news, as well as extras like AppleCare but to no avail so far. 

On the other hand, new competitors sprung up in the meantime, and besides the heretofore mentioned Streamers of the Old Guard, Apple will now have to battle HBO Max and Disney+, as well as whoever else decides to jump in while it grows its catalog of original shows and programming. 

HBO Max vs Apple TV+ vs Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Disney+ plan prices

HBO Max, Apple TV+, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Disney+ vs basic cable

As you can see, Apple's TV+ landed at just $4.99, free with any device purchase. This makes it the cheapest such service of them all, against HBO Max that would be the most expensive but then again "it's not TV, it's HBO." 

If you subscribe for all of these streaming services at their high tiers, however, it would all add up to about $80 a month, or slightly below the US average monthly bill for cable TV subscription when you account for taxes and fees. 

In reality, though, you'd probably just tack one or two of these on top of you cable. Oh, the irony, streaming video was supposed to be the cord-cutter's dream that will free them from the cable TV shackles!

Netflix vs HBO Max vs Apple TV+ shows and original content

With an installed base of more than a billion potential viewers who are used to paying for media, Apple could immediately become the next big thing on the trendy "what to watch" block. The team from Cupertino is nothing but ambitious - Eddy Cue is on record saying that they want to acquire or produce shows on the level of Game of Thrones, and, knowing Apple's money, they could very well do so. For comparison, HBO spends two billion on original programming, and Apple has tripled that amount for its TV+ debut so far.

In any case, Apple will have way fewer movies and TV shows than the rest of the competition at that November 1 launch, though, as you can see from the chart below, having the most content doesn't make for the most popular such service, as most of Amazon Video's movies are pretty old, plus Netflix has the highest number of original content in its roster.

Disney Plus movies and TV shows list at launch

Disney+ Star Wars universe

LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars (2018)

Star Wars Resistance (2018)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016)

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)

LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles (2014)

Star Wars Rebels (2014)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004)

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

Disney+ Marvel comics

Marvel’s Hero Project (2019)

Captain Marvel (2019)

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors (2018)

Inhumans (2017)

Spider-Man – Series (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Series (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe (2014)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013)

Avengers Assemble (2013)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010)

Wolverine and the X-Men (2009)

Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2008)

Iron Man (2008)

Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes (2006)

X-Men: Evolution – Series (2000)

The Avengers: United They Stand (1999)

Spider-Man Unlimited – Series (1999)

Silver Surfer (1998)

The Incredible Hulk – Series (1996)

Spider-Man – Series (1994)

Fantastic Four (1994)

Iron Man – Series (1994)

X-Men – Series (1992)

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)

Spider-Man – Series (1981)

Spider-Woman (1979)

Disney+ Pixar movies

Finding Dory (2016)

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Inside Out (2015)

Monsters University (2013)

Brave (2012)

Cars 2 (2011)

Toy Story 3 (2010)

WALL•E (2008)

Ratatouille (2007)

Cars (2006)

The Incredibles (2004)

Finding Nemo (2003)

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Toy Story 2 (1999)

A Bug’s Life (1998)

Toy Story (1995)

Disney+ movies

Noelle (2019)

Dumbo (2019)

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

The BFG (2016)

Zootopia (2016)

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Frozen (2013)

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

The Muppets (2011)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

TRON Legacy (2011)

Tangled (2010)

Secretariat (2010)

Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Avatar (2009)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Bolt (2008)

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Dan in Real Life (2007)

The Game Plan (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

Flicka (2006)

Invincible (2006)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)

The Wild (2006)

The Shaggy Dog (2006)

Eight Below (2006)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Chicken Little (2005)

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

Valiant (2005)

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Ice Princess (2005)

Millions (2005)

The Pacifier (2005)

Aliens of the Deep (2005)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

America’s Heart and Soul (2004)

Sacred Planet (2004)

Home on the Range (2004)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)

Miracle (2004)

The Young Black Stallion (2003)

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Brother Bear (2003)

Deep Blue (2003)

Freaky Friday (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

Piglet’s Big Movie (2003)

Treasure Planet (2002)

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Tuck Everlasting (2002)

The Country Bears (2002)

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

The Rookie (2002)

Snow Dogs (2002)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

102 Dalmatians (2000)

Remember the Titans (2000)

The Kid (2000)

Dinosaur (2000)

Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale (2000)

The Tigger Movie (2000)

Fantasia 2000 (2000)

Inspector Gadget (1999)

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Doug’s 1st Movie (1999)

My Favorite Martian (1999)

Mighty Joe Young (1998)

I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

The Parent Trap (1998)

Mulan (1998)

Meet the Deedles (1998)

Flubber (1997)

Hercules (1997)

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)

Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)

That Darn Cat (1997)

101 Dalmatians (1996)

First Kid (1996)

Jack (1996)

Kazaam (1996)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Tom and Huck (1995)

Frank and Ollie (1995)

A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995)

Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)

Pocahontas (1995)

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

A Goofy Movie (1995)

Tall Tale (1995)

Heavyweights (1995)

The Santa Clause (1994)

Camp Nowhere (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Thumbelina (1994)

Blank Check (1994)

Iron Will (1994)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

The Three Musketeers (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Rookie of the Year (1993)

Life With Mikey (1993)

The Sandlot (1993)

The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Aladdin (1992)

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)

Sister Act (1992)

Newsies (1992)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

The Rocketeer (1991)

Shipwrecked (1991)

White Fang (1991)

Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Ducktales: The Movie, Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Cheetah (1989)

Turner & Hooch (1989)

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Oliver & Company (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Willow (1988)

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

Benji the Hunted (1987)

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

One Magic Christmas (1985)

The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

The Black Cauldron (1985)

Return to Oz (1985)

TRON (1982)

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Pete’s Dragon (1977)

The Rescuers (1977)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Robin Hood (1973)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

The Aristocats (1970)

The Love Bug (1969)

The Jungle Book (1967)

That Darn Cat! (1965)

The Sound of Music (1965)

Mary Poppins (1964)

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

The Parent Trap (1961)

The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

101 Dalmatians (1961)

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Pollyanna (1960)

The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Old Yeller (1957)

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Peter Pan (1953)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Treasure Island (1950)

Cinderella (1950)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Melody Time (1948)

Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The Three Caballeros (1945)

Saludos Amigos (1943)

Bambi (1942)

Dumbo (1941)

The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

Fantasia (1940)

Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

Pinocchio (1940)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Disney+ Classics list

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1980)

Sultan and the Rock Star (1980)

Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)

The Black Hole (1979)

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)

The Cat From Outer Space (1978)

Return From Witch Mountain (1978)

Freaky Friday (1977)

Candleshoe (1977)

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)

Gus (1976)

The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

The Strongest Man in the World (1975)

The Castaway Cowboy (1974)

The Bears and I (1974)

Herbie Rides Again (1974)

Snowball Express (1972)

The Biscuit Eater (1972)

Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1972)

The Million Dollar Duck (1971)

The Barefoot Executive (1971)

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)

The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Those Calloways (1965)

Emil and the Detectives (1964)

The Incredible Journey (1963)

Sammy, the Way-Out Seal (1962)

Almost Angels (1962)

The Prince and the Pauper (1962)

Babes in Toyland (1961)

Greyfriars Bobby (1961)

Jungle Cat (1959)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)

The Sign of Zorro (1958)

White Wilderness (1958)

Perri (1957)

Secrets of Life (1956)

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)

The African Lion (1955)

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

The Vanishing Prairie (1954)

The Living Desert (1953)

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

Disney+ TV Shows and original content

One Day at Disney (2019)

Encore! (2019)

Fast Layne (2019)

Sydney to the Max (2019)

Coop & Cami Ask the World (2018)

Under The Sea: A Descendants Short Story (2018)

Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp (2018)

Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic (2017)

Raven’s Home (2017)

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings (2017)

Andi Mack (2017)

Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)

Bizaardvark (2016)

Lab Rats: Elite Force (2016)

Stuck in the Middle (2016)

Best Friends Whenever (2015)

Monkey Kingdom (2015)

The Evermoor Chronicles (2014)

Girl Meets World (2014)

Bears (2014)

Crash & Bernstein (2012)

Violetta (2012)

Chimpanzee (2012)

Lab Rats (2012)

Jessie (2011)

Kickin’ It (2011)

African Cats (2011)

Lemonade Mouth (2011)

The Suite Life Movie (2011)

Wings of Life (2011)

Shake It Up (2010)

Good Luck Charlie (2010)

Trail of the Panda (2009)

JONAS (2009)

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)

The Suite Life on Deck (2008)

Wizards Of Waverly Place (2007)

Cow Belles (2006)

Hannah Montana (2006)

Roving Mars (2006)

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005)

Phil of the Future (2004)

That’s So Raven (2003)

Lizzie McGuire (2001)

Even Stevens (2000)

So Weird (1999)

Out of the Box (1998)

Smart Guy (1997)

Boy Meets World (1993)

Disney+ animations list

Big City Greens (2018)

Legend of the Three Caballeros (2018)

Muppet Babies (2018)

Big Hero 6: The Series (2017)

Vampirina (2017)

Puppy Dog Pals (2017)

Tangled: The Series (2017)

Mickey and the Roadster Racers (2017)

Milo Murphy’s Law (2016)

Elena of Avalor (2016)

The Lion Guard (2015)

PJ Masks (2015)

The Muppets – Series (2015)

Gravity Falls (2012)

TRON: Uprising (2012)

Phineas and Ferb (2007)

My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007)

Handy Manny (2006)

The Replacements (2006)

Leroy & Stitch (2006)

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006)

The Emperor’s New School (2006)

Little Einsteins (2005)

Teacher’s Pet (2004)

Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003)

Kim Possible (2002)

The Book of Pooh (2001)

Hercules – Series (1998)

Recess (1997)

Mighty Ducks – Series (1996)

Quack Pack (1996)

Timon & Pumbaa (1995)

Gargoyles (1994)

Bonkers (1993)

The Little Mermaid – Series (1992)

Goof Troop (1992)

Darkwing Duck (1991)

TaleSpin (1990)

The Simpsons (1989)

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989)

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988)

DuckTales (1987)

Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985)

Disney Channel originals list on Disney+

Life-Size 2 (2018)

Freaky Friday (2018)

Zombies (2018)

Descendants 2 (2017)

Tangled: Before Ever After (2017)

Moana (2016)

The Swap (2016)

Queen of Katwe (2016)

Adventures in Babysitting (2016)

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)

The Finest Hours (2016)

Invisible Sister (2015)

Descendants (2015)

Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)

Bad Hair Day (2015)

How to Build a Better Boy (2014)

Zapped (2014)

Cloud 9 (2014)

Teen Beach Movie (2013)

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (2013)

The Mistle-Tones (2012)

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)

Secret of the Wings (2012)

Girl vs. Monster (2012)

Let It Shine (2012)

Frenemies (2012)

12 Dates of Christmas (2011)

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! (2011)

Geek Charming (2011)

Teen Spirit (2011)

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011)

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011)

Jake and the Never Land Pirates (2011)

Avalon High (2010)

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010)

Den Brother (2010)

Starstruck (2010)

Skyrunners (2009)

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009)

Princess Protection Program (2009)

Hatching Pete (2009)

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)

Dadnapped (2009)

Tinker Bell (2008)

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (2008)

The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008)

Camp Rock (2008)

College Road Trip (2008)

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008)

Minutemen (2008)

Snowglobe (2007)

Twitches Too (2007)

High School Musical 2 (2007)

The Secret of the Magic Gourd (2007)

Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007)

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007)

Jump In! (2007)

The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)

Bambi II (2006)

Return to Halloweentown (2006)

Read It and Weep (2006)

Brother Bear 2 (2006)

The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006)

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006)

High School Musical (2006)

Kronk’s New Groove (2005)

Once Upon a Mattress (2005)

Twitches (2005)

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)

The Proud Family Movie (2005)

Life Is Ruff (2005)

Go Figure (2005)

Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama (2005)

Buffalo Dreams (2005)

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005)

Mulan II (2005)

Now You See It… (2005)

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

Halloweentown High (2004)

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004)

Tiger Cruise (2004)

Stuck in the Suburbs (2004)

Going to the Mat (2004)

Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo (2004)

The Lion King 1½ (2004)

Zenon: Z3 (2004)

Pixel Perfect (2004)

Recess: Taking the 5th Grade (2003)

Recess: All Growed Down (2003)

Full-Court Miracle (2003)

Stitch! The Movie (2003)

The Cheetah Girls (2003)

Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)

The Even Stevens Movie (2003)

Atlantis: Milo’s Return (2003)

Right on Track (2003)

Inspector Gadget 2 (2003)

The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure (2003)

You Wish! (2003)

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)

The Scream Team (2002)

A Ring of Endless Light (2002)

Gotta Kick It Up! (2002)

Tarzan & Jane (2002)

Get a Clue (2002)

Tru Confessions (2002)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)

Cadet Kelly (2002)

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)

Return to Never Land (2002)

Double Teamed (2002)

Three Days (2001)

‘Twas the Night (2001)

Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)

The Poof Point (2001)

Jumping Ship (2001)

The Jennie Project (2001)

Hounded (2001)

The Luck of the Irish (2001)

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure (2001)

Motocrossed (2001)

Recess: School’s Out (2001)

Zenon: The Zequel (2001)

The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)

Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)

Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire (2000)

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)

The Other Me (2000)

Quints (2000)

Ready to Run (2000)

Stepsister From Planet Weird (2000)

Miracle in Lane 2 (2000)

Rip Girls (2000)

Alley Cats Strike (2000)

An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)

The Color of Friendship (2000)

Up, Up and Away (2000)

Horse Sense (1999)

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

Annie (1999)

Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)

Genius (1999)

Johnny Tsunami (1999)

Smart House (1999)

The Thirteenth Year (1999)

Can of Worms (1999)

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (1998)

The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)

Halloweentown (1998)

The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story (1998)

Brink! (1998)

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998)

You Lucky Dog (1998)

The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998)

Miracle at Midnight (1998)

Belle’s Magical World (1998)

Ruby Bridges (1998)

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)

The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1997)

Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)

The Return of Jafar (1994)

The Christmas Star (1986)

Casebusters (1986)

Fuzzbucket (1986)

Mr. Boogedy (1986)

Amy (1981)

Disney+ National Geographic content list

Kingdom of the White Wolf (2019)

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (2019)

Apollo: Missions to the Moon (2019)

Hostile Planet (2019)

The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great (2019)

Lost Treasures of the Maya (2019)

Into the Grand Canyon (2019)

Paris to Pittsburgh (2018)

Tree Climbing Lions (2018)

The Flood (2018)

Mission to the Sun (2018)

Mars: Inside SpaceX (2018)

Free Solo (2018)

Science Fair (2018)

Drain the Oceans (2018)

Into the Okavango (2018)

Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue (2018)

Giants of the Deep Blue (2018)

Planet of the Birds (2018)

Man Among Cheetahs (2017)

Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special (2017)

Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron (2017)

Jane (2017)

Breaking2 (2017)

Diana: In Her Own Words (2017)

Kingdom of the Apes: Battle Lines (2017)

Earth Live (2017)

Born in China (2017)

Origins: The Journey of Humankind (2017)

Atlantis Rising (2017)

Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures (2017)

Before the Flood (2016)

Expedition Mars: Spirit & Opportunity (2016)

World’s Greatest Dogs (2016)

Wild Yellowstone (2015)

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER (2014)

Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (2014)

Miracle Landing on the Hudson (2014)

Sharks of Lost Island (2013)

Super Buddies (2013)

Life Below Zero (2013)

Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise (2012)

Secrets of the King Cobra (2012)

The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011)

Brain Games (2011)

Great Migrations (2010)

Journey to Shark Eden (2010)

Bizarre Dinosaurs (2009)

Easter Island Unsolved (2009)

Kingdom of the Blue Whale (2009)

Stonehenge Decoded: Secrets Revealed (2008)

Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan (2007)

How Dogs Got Their Shapes (2005)

Apple TV+ new original shows list at launch

Apple has already poached plenty of entertainment industry names, too, so it finally seems bent on building a proper media empire. Here are all the shows Apple said its streaming service will be launching with:

The Morning Show

Apple's comedy and drama orders have multiple shows brought on by Reese Witherspoon. This one is a morning news TV series drama (or, maybe, we should stop calling them TV shows) with Jennifer Anniston and Steve Carell, and scripted by the House of Cards' Jay Carson. Another Reese Witherspoon mention is as a producer, this time for a "You Think It, I’ll Say It" scripted comedy by Apple, starring Kristen Wiig, of which there are reportedly 10 episodes already ordered.

"For All Mankind"

Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), For All Mankind explores the future of a fictional global space race. Jodi Balfour plays pilot Ellen Waverly, joining previously announced Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, Altered Carbon), Michael Dorman (Patriot, Wonderland), Sarah Jones (Damnation The Path), Shantel VanSanten (Shooter, One Tree Hill) and Wrenn Schmidt (The Looming Tower, Outcast).

"Dickinson" is an Emily Dickinson comedy (of all things) with Hailee Steinfeld

This coming-of-age comedy is set during the great American poet Emily Dickinson’s times from the viewpoint of Emily (Steinfeld). The retro environment mixes modern questions about gender's places in society, family relationships and the writer who is well ahead of her times. Now this mashup would be interesting to see, and with cast like Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 3, True Grit) and producers Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom). "Dickinson" will likely be a harbinger of what's to come in Apple's new streaming service - curated shows that won't be a dime a dozen to see what sticks like the Netflix approach.

"See" series with Jason Momoa

The Aquaman Jason Momoa has been cast in the lead role for the Apple original series "See," which is shaping up to be the most popular TV+ entry so far. Mankind, or what is left of it, is now blind, and the show sounds like an epic survival drama in the future. Momoa is playing Baba Voss, a fearless warrior and leader, what else.


Oprah Winfrey joins the world’s most compelling authors in conversation as she builds a vibrant, global book club community and other projects to connect with people around the world and share meaningful ways to create positive change. Starting with Ta-Nehisi Coates this past Friday, who else.

All HBO Max channels, TV shows and original programming

For starters, the new HBO Max service will be folding all of these content providers - HBO, New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, etc. - plus a bunch of exclusive and original programming:

  • “Dune: The Sisterhood,” an adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book based in the world created by Frank Herbert’s book Dune, from director Denis Villeneuve
  • “Tokyo Vice,” based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat starring Ansel Elgort
  • “The Flight Attendant,” a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti
  • “Love Life,” a 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy anthology series starring “Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick, who will also executive produce alongside Paul Feig
  • “Station Eleven,” a postapocalyptic limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel’s international bestseller, adapted by Patrick Somerville and directed by Hiro Murai
  • “Made for Love,” a 10-episode, half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, also from Somerville and directed by S.J. Clarkson
  • “Gremlins,” an animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment based on the original movie
  • The exclusive streaming rights at launch to all 236 episodes of “Friends” — one of the biggest hits on television and in streaming
  • The exclusive streaming rights at launch to all episodes of fan favorites “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Pretty Little Liars”
  • The exclusive streaming home to a string of new Warner Bros.’ produced dramas for The CW beginning with the fall 2019 season, including the highly-anticipated new DC Entertainment series “Batwoman,” and “Katy Keene” (spinoff of “Riverdale”)
  • New exclusive movie production deals with Greg Berlanti, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful producers, and Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning actress and producer; Berlanti will produce an initial four movies focused in the young adult space, while Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine will produce at least two films
  • Stephen King’s “The Outsider,” a dark mystery starring Ben Mendelsohn, produced and directed by Jason Bateman
  • “Lovecraft Country,” a unique horror series based on a novel by Matt Ruff, written and executive produced by Misha Green, and executive produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams
  • “The Nevers,” Joss Whedon’s new science fiction series starring Laura Donnelly
  • “The Gilded Age,” the opulent world of 1885 New York from “Downton Abbey’s” Julian Fellowes
  • “Avenue 5,” high satire aboard a space-bound cruise ship from Armando Iannucci (“Veep”), starring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad
  • “The Undoing,” a psychological thriller from David E. Kelley, directed by Susanne Bier starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant
  • “The Plot Against America,” reimagined history based on Phillip Roth’s novel written and executive produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, starring Winona Ryder and John Turturro
  • “Perry Mason,” the classic legal drama for a new generation, executive produced by Robert Downey, Jr. and Susan Downey, with Matthew Rhys in the title role
  • “I Know This Much Is True,” a complex family drama starring Mark Ruffalo playing twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia, based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance.

This is already shaping up to be an impressive roaster of more than 10,000 new hours of content, plus everything that HBO and Warner have to offer so far, and whether Apple TV+ will be able to compete with its budding original content catalog, remains to be seen. Good thing that HBO Max is launching in early 2020, but Disney+ is now a direct competitor, so Apple will probably have to bundle its TV+ service in more packages if it wants to notch a relative success.

In fact, analysts expect Apple to add 12 million TV+ subscribers in 2020 and 21 million in 2021 which is a pretty modest amount compared to the large subscriber base and catalogs of Netflix, Amazon, or Disney+. Baby steps, though, and if Apple manages to combat issues like piracy successfully, it might just add another steady revenue stream to compensate for flatlining iPhone sales.
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