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The differences between Apple TV, Apple TV+, and the Apple TV app

The name Apple TV is used by different products, so it can be confusing. Apple TV is a media player and Apple TV+ is a streaming service. With the Apple TV app, you can watch the entire selection of movies and series in one place. In this article, we'll tell you about the differences between Apple TV, Apple TV+, and the Apple TV app.

Apple TV 4K 64GB

4K (3840 x 2160) | Suitable for Netflix, iTunes, and Apple Music | App for iOS
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  • Thanks to the 4K HDR resolution, you can watch movies and photos in Ultra High Defintion quality.
  • Apple TV 4K supports many apps, such as Netflix, iCloud, and Takeaway.
  • Play games with friends and use the Siri Remote, iPhone, or iPod touch as a controller.
  • You can only enjoy the 4K resolution and HDR with a television that supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. You also need a HDMI 2.0 cable to connect Apple TV 4K with.
  • An HDMI cable isn't included to connect Apple TV 4K to your television.

Compare Apple TV, Apple TV+, and the Apple TV app

Apple TV Apple TV+ Apple TV app
Physical product Yes No No
Install apps Yes No No
Watch all movies and series Yes No Yes
Watch original Apple movies and series Yes Yes Yes
Price From € 159 € 4.99 per month Included with select televisions


Apple TV possibilities

Apple TV: download apps, stream movies, watch exclusive Apple series

Apple TV is a physical box with a remote. You can use this media player to convert your television to a smart TV. With Apple TV, you can use all your favorite apps such as Netflix and Thuisbezorgd on your television. You can watch all your favorite movies and series from one place and you listen to the latest podcast from your television. You can easily stream your holiday photos to your iPhone from your television with Apple TV. So your family can watch with you. Apple TV also works as a HomeKit hub for all your smart devices.

Apple TV+ possibilities

Apple TV+: watch exclusive Apple series and movies

Apple TV+ isn't a physical product, but a streaming service from Apple. You can watch exclusive movies, series, and documentaries made by Apple on it.

Apple TV app possibilities

Apple TV app: renting movies and series, watching exclusive Apple content

With the Apple TV app, you can watch all your favorite movies and series in one place. You can easily rent or buy the latest movies via the app. Do you have an Apple TV+ subscription? In that case, the movies and series from that platform are available in the Apple TV app as well.


Apple TV availability

Apple TV: 4K or HD, 32GB or 64GB

Apple TV is available in 2 different editions, one with a 4K resolution and one with a Full HD resolution. Apple TV 4K provides a 4 times sharper image than Apple TV HD. Apple TV 4K is available with 32GB or 64GB storage capacity. The Apple TV HD edition has 32GB storage capacity.

Apple TV+ availability

Apple TV+: on all your Apple devices

You use the Apple TV+ streaming service with all your Apple devices or via the Apple TV website. When you purchase a new Apple device, like an Apple TV, you get Apple TV+ for free for a year.

Apple TV app availability

Apple TV app: on various televisions and your Apple devices

You'll find the Apple TV app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MacBook, and Apple TV. But the Apple TV app is also available on various smart TVs and AirPlay televisions.


Though the 3 Apple products have highly similar names, there are definitely differences between Apple TV, Apple TV+, and the Apple TV app. With Apple TV, you get a complete package. All your favorite apps, movies, series, podcasts, and games in one place. Apple TV+ is a streaming service with original Apple movies and series. And with the Apple TV app, you can easily rent the latest movies on your Apple devices and select televisions.

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