Apple's video streaming service TV+ to launch on Nov 1; game subscription service Apple Arcade to start on Sept 19

Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing the availability of Apple TV+ video content streaming service at a media event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing the availability of Apple TV+ video content streaming service at a media event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus. ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN

CUPERTINO - Apple unveiled the availability of its video streaming service Apple TV+ and its game subscription service Apple Arcade during a media event held in the Steve Jobs Theatre at the tech giant’s campus Apple Park on Tuesday (Sept 10).

The Apple TV+ will launch on Nov 1 in over 100 markets, including Singapore, for a monthly fee of $6.98 (seven-day free trial).

Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook announced at the event that all purchases of new iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs will come with a one-year free subscription to Apple TV+.

Nine shows will be available upon launch and more shows will be added subsequently.

The nine Apple TV+ original shows include For All Mankind, The Morning Show, Dickinson and the animated Snoopy In Space.

Hollywood A-listers including Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey have been drafted in to produce or act in these original shows.

At the same time, the Apple Arcade subscription service will be launched on Sept 19 in over 100 markets, including Singapore, for $6.98 a month.

 
 

Unlike Google Stadia, Apple Arcade is not a gaming streaming service. Instead, Apple Arcade offers over 100 games that subscribers can download and play offline.

The games in Apple Arcade include Beyond A Steel Sky, Lego Brawls and Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm.

Demonstrations during the presentation included the underwater platform Shinsekai: Into The Depths and Konami's Frogger In Toy Town, which is exclusive to Apple Arcade and available at launch.