The one-year free trial of Apple TV+ was set to end for many users on November 1, but Apple may be getting ready to extend all existing trials to February 2021.
Apple TV+ launched on Nov. 1, 2019, which means that those who were there for day one of the free trial would soon start paying. Apple has announced that they will be extending the free trial to the end of February 2021 for all users.
This means that those who started the free trial between November 2019 and January 2020 will receive some extra months — up to three — free. Anyone who signed up for the service prior to Nov. 1, 2020, will receive $4.99 in store credit through February, according to Variety.
Apple is giving many of of us a break on TV+. Because 2020.
Basically, up to 3 months free.
If you got the free year back in November of 2019, it’ll run through end-of January now.
Same if you paid for an annual plan.
If you’re on a monthly plan, you $4.99 through January.
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) October 8, 2020
Simply, Apple is giving everyone an additional three months free of Apple TV+, likely due to the effects of coronavirus slowing production of their original series.
Season two of “Dickinson” won’t premiere until January 8, and For All Mankind received a trailer with no date. Apple offering a renewed free trial will enable users to catch up on old series and watch the premiere of season two before having to pay again.
Those paying annual rates will have three months added to the back end, and those paying monthly rates will have that amount refunded as store credit to the account. It isn’t clear how this dovetails with the Apple One bundle
Apple told me today that it will be extending AppleTV+ subscriptions that are set to end November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 through their billing date in February of 2021.
The basic situation is that Apple gave away a free year of AppleTV+ to new device purchasers last year and those are all set to end in November. Apple knows everyone is still looking at a tough winter ahead filled with COVID-related restrictions so it’s bumping those subs out to February.
Monthly users whose subscription start date is before November 1st, 2020 also get a deal, with a $4.99 credit (the cost of an AppleTV+ subscription) appearing for November, December and January 2021. You do not have to do anything to receive the credit and users will be getting emails notifying them of these extensions/credits.
And, of course, if it gets to hold the total sub number steady through Q4 of a tough economic year so much the better, right?
AppleTV+ had a bit of a slow burn start, with a big sub onramp in the form of devices and some high profile launches that were tempered by early reviews of their marquee programming. But people warmed to the shows over time.
I believed at the time that it was a bit of natural sugar crash happening.
People love Apple . People seem to really like the morning show. Critics disliked the morning show. I think it’s absolutely correct to say it got a down draft because it was reviewed as a launch package.
Whether anyone should care when you complain is another thing https://t.co/l71GUQ2Ymt
— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) November 19, 2019
That proved out over time as The Morning Show ended up winning AppleTV+ its first Prime Time Emmy award.
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