PSA: You Don't Need An Apple Device To Watch Apple TV+ Shows

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Apple's new streaming service, Apple TV+, has just launched in Australia but its availability on some devices is limited. If you're looking to sign up but you're not sure how you're going to watch it without owning a single Apple device, we've got you covered.

Apple TV+ Is Now Available In Oz: But Is It Worthwhile?

After months of announcements and speculation, Apple TV+ is finally launching in Australia on 2 November. It means another major service will enter Australia's increasingly crowded streaming market ahead of the anticipated Disney+ launch. If you've already got a few streaming subscriptions under your belt, you might want to weigh up whether it's worth making the switch so we've got an overview of what Apple TV+ has to offer.

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What devices are supported by the Apple TV+ app?

Apple devices

  • Apple TV
  • iPhones (iOS 10.2 or later)
  • iPads (iOS 10.2 or later)
  • iPod Touch (iOS 10.2 or later)
  • Mac (requires macOS Catalina)

Samsung TVs

  • Samsung QLED 8K Q900R and Serif TV (2019)
  • Samsung QLED 4K Q90R, Q80R, Q70R, Q7DR, Q60R and Q6DR (2019)
  • Samsung Frame TV LSO3R/LSORN (2018 and 2019)
  • Samsung 4K UHD TV RU8000, RU800D, RU740D, RU7300, RU730D, RU7100 and RU710D (2019)
  • Samsung QLED 4K Q9FN, Q8FN, Q7CN, Q7FN, Q75FN, Q6FN and Q65FN (2018)
  • Samsung 4K UHD TV NU8500, NU8000, NU740D, NU7300, NU7200, NU7100, NU710D, NU6950, NU6900, NU6900B, NU6080 and NU6070 (2018)
  • Samsung Smart Full HD TV N5300 (2018)

Amazon Fire TV

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (2018)
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick – Second Generation (2016)
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick – Basic Edition (2017)

Roku TVs

In Australia, Telstra TV uses Roku devices but there's no word yet whether they'll come with the Apple TV app.

  • Roku TV 7000X, C000X, 8000X
  • Roku Smart Soundbar 9101X
  • onn.™ • Roku Smart Soundbar 9100X
  • Roku Express 3900X, 3930X
  • Roku Express+ 3910X, 3931X
  • Roku HD 3932X
  • Roku Streaming StickⓇ 3800X
  • Roku Streaming Stick+ 3810X, 3811X
  • Roku Premiere 3920X, 4620X
  • Roku Premiere+ 3921X, 4630X
  • Roku Ultra 4640X 4660X, 4661X, 4670X
  • Roku Ultra LT 4662X
  • Roku 2 4210X, 4205X
  • Roku 3 4200X, 4230X

What devices support Apple TV+ streaming through AirPlay 2?

LG TVs

  • LG OLED (2019)
  • LG NanoCell SM9X series (2019)
  • LG NanoCell SM85 series or above (2019)
  • LG UHD UM7X series (2019)

What devices aren't supported by the Apple TV+ app?

Android devices

Examples include:

  • Samsung
  • Google
  • Huawei
  • Oppo
  • Vodafone
  • Nokia

Consoles

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch

Unsupported smart TVs

Examples include:

  • Sony (coming soon)
  • Vizio (coming soon)
  • LG NanoCell SM83 series or below (2019)
  • LG UHD UM6X series (2019)

My primary devices don't support Apple TV+, what can I do?

While there are a number of important device not yet supported, like consoles, there is a workaround. Android devices won't be able to get the Apple TV app but you'll be able to load up the service by heading to tv.apple.com on your browser. Supported browsers include Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.

If you don't have a smart TV, or yours isn't yet compatible, you could load it up on a laptop and connect it to your screen via a HDMI cable. Unfortunately, Chromecast isn't supported at all so HDMI or AirPlay 2 are your options to extend the screen.

It's not ideal but if you're curious about signing up but are having compatibility as a barrier, anything with a supported browser should be able to access the service.

Sign Up For Your Free Year Of Apple TV+ Right Now

It’s November 1! And you know what that means—if you purchased an Apple product anytime on or after September 10, you earned yourself a free year-long trial to Apple’s streaming service. It won’t just appear magically for you to access, however; you’ll have to activate it first.

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