Apple announced Tuesday it will price Apple TV+ at $4.99 per month A one year subscription is also being offered for free with the purchase of any new Apple device.
Apple’s streaming service will showcase original programming including “The Morning Show,” a drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, and other content from contributors including Oprah Winfrey and J.J. Abrams.
On its own, Apple TV+ will be limited in its viewing choices compared with a traditional cable bundle or Netflix. But when added together with other streaming options, consumers will have yet another choice to recreate an a la carte pay-TV video service. Here’s where we are in terms of pricing of the major streaming services:
Apple TV+ – $4.99/month (free for a year with purchase of new device)
ESPN+ – $4.99/month
Hulu w/ ads – $5.99/month
CBS All Access – $5.99/month
Disney+ – $6.99/month
Starz – $8.99/month
Showtime – $10.99/month
Hulu (no ads) – $11.99/month
Netflix (most popular plan) – $12.99/month
Amazon Prime Video – $12.99/month
HBO – $14.99/month
That means that if you want, say, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO, Hulu and Showtime, you’ll be paying about $70 per month. And you won’t get ESPN with that.
There are also several shoes yet to drop. NBC Universal, the parent company of CNBC, hasn’t announced pricing of its streaming service, though it will be free for subscribers of a traditional pay-TV bundle. AT&T is considering a price of $15 to $18 per month for HBO Max. This service will include all of HBO, new originals, library shows from Warner Bros. and may eventually include live programming from CNN, TNT and TBS.
Since their merger is still very new, CBS and Viacom have yet to say whether the combined company will announce a new streaming service featuring content from networks such as Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.
Disclosure: CNBC and NBC are owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal unit.