Apple TV on Sky: what it means for Sky Q and Glass customers in the UK, is it free - do I need a subscription?

Apple TV is now available through Sky Q and Sky Glass - but is it free, and do you need a subscription?

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Sky Customers are now able to access Apply TV+ content through their devices.

Sky Glass and Sky Q users can now make use of dedicated apps to access programming and films from the service, which launched in late 2019.

Here is everything you need to know about it.

What does the deal mean?

The “long-term” agreement between Sky and Apple means that Sky Glass and Sky Q customers will be able to stream Apple TV+ Originals, like Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, See, and Foundation, in one easy place.

Apple TV+ will be “seamlessly integrated into the Sky experience to make content easy to discover and enjoy”, say Sky.

Dana Strong, Group Chief Executive, Sky said: “With the addition of Apple TV+ our customers can now enjoy phenomenal shows like The Morning Show, Trying and Ted Lasso, together with our own award-winning Sky Originals, and the best content and apps from our partners, all on Sky Glass, the streaming TV from Sky, or Sky Q, our market-leading Sky box.”

Also as part of the move, NOW TV members can sign up for and purchase memberships on Apple devices using Apple in-app purchase.

What else is new?

Alongside the new integration of Apple TV+, Sky customers will also be able to find other apps and streaming services from this week.

Global Player is a new audio and music app that features some of the UK’s biggest radio stations and podcasts, and allows users to create playlists of their favourite tracks.

Also new is content from NBC Universal’s streaming service Peacock, which is also being made available on Sky Glass this week.

Perhaps most excitingly, Peacock’s content will be available from 15 December at no additional cost.

Do I have to pay for Apple TV+?

While the launch of a dedicated app for Apple TV+ content is exciting for Sky users, and will see its content sit alongside that of ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC, as well as other global streaming partners such as Netflix and Disney+, there is a catch.

This does not mean that Apple TV+ is now free to Sky customers, simply that its content will be much easier to access through consumers’ existing devices; the option to use voice commands is even included.

You will still need a subscription for access to Apple TV+, which costs £4.99 a month after the 7-day free trial runs out.

What about Apple TV device owners?

From the other side of the deal, those who already own Apple TV devices (and have an existing Sky subscription or membership), will be able to access Sky Go on Apple TV devices from mid-2022.

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