Apple TV Plus streaming service: Release date, price, shows and movies to expect

CNET | 4/9/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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After showering an estimated $2 billion all over Hollywood for more than a year, Apple finally revealed its slate of original TV shows and movies.

Sort of.

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Last month at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, Apple officially announced Apple TV Plus, a subscription service for its exclusive original shows and films.

Apple trotted out some of Hollywood's biggest stars and heavy hitters to sing its praises: Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa and a who's who of other celebs appeared on stage or packed the crowd. And the company is still adding to its pipeline, weeks after the event. In April, it reportedly gave the green light to a third program from Abrams: an eight-episode adaption of Stephen King's horror-romance novel Lisey's Story, which stars Oscar-winner Julianne Moore as a woman trying to move on after her novelist husband's death.

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J.J. Abrams, here at Apple's campus, added a third program to Apple TV Plus' roster; he's already producing a musical dramedy called Little Voice and a limited series called My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, which reunites him with Alias star Jennifer Garner.

But Apple left out some of the most important details that potential subscribers need to know. The company played coy on specifics including how much the Apple TV Plus will cost, how many programs will be available at launch and whether Apple will drop all episodes in a season all at once, a la Netflix.

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Still, that didn't stop CEO Tim Cook from heralding Apple TV Plus as being "unlike anything that's been done before."

We have to wait more until we can judge for ourselves.

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