Apple TV+ now has almost 42 hours of free shows

Posted: 12 April 2020 9:07 pm
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Apple TV+ on a Mac screen

But is it only freeing up its low-grade titles? Here’s the full list.

Apple TV+ has made eight of its shows available for free without requiring a paid subscription.

That represents a total viewing time of 41 hours and 47 minutes.

The free shows are a large chunk of Apple’s current bench of 19 titles. Apple has announced plans for numerous additional titles and renewals of several of its existing shows, but production on many has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The free titles do not include Apple TV+’s most prominent series, Oprah Winfrey’s Oprah’s Book Club and breakfast TV drama The Morning Show (starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon).

However, a Finder analysis of the titles shows that most have solid audience ratings. Across the 8 titles, the average IMDb audience rating is 7.2, while the average Rotten Tomatoes audience score is 86%.

Here’s the full list of shows available for free and their audience ratings on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes as of today.

ShowGenreEpisodesDuration (mins)Total (mins)IMDBRotten Tomatoes
DickinsonDrama10303007.181%
For All MankindDrama10606007.487%
GhostwriterKids26256505.180%
HelpstersKids2592257.3100%
Little AmericaDocumentary8302407.187%
ServantDrama10303007.683%
Snoopy In SpaceKids128968.081%
The Elephant QueenDocumentary196967.991%

You do need an Apple ID to watch the free shows. If you already have an iTunes account, you’ll have an Apple ID.

Apple TV+ already offers a free 7-day trial. Anyone who purchases a new iPhone, Mac or 4K Apple TV also gets a year’s subscription to the service. Otherwise, it costs $4.99 a month.

Numerous streamers have extended their free trials or offered free programming in a bid to attract audiences during the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen viewing across both streaming and free-to-air TV services increase substantially.

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