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The Best Premium Video Content on Apple TV

The Best Premium Video Content on Apple TV

Apple TV Extras
September 17, 2017

Whether you're looking for your favorite American television show or British drama, this list has you covered. Each of these apps requires the purchase of a monthly subscription.

Premium content on Apple TV comes from many of the most popular sources available, including HBO, Showtime, and Netflix.

STARZ

Get Big Entertainment Without Cable

STARZ
STARZ STARZ

STARZ is a premium cable channel that now has their own standalone app. You can use the app with a cable subscription or just subscribe through the app itself. You'll get full access to the STARZ library, which includes some interesting original content, full-length movies, and even full downloads so you can watch anything without having a data connection. New content is added every week, so you're guaranteed to find something fresh and exciting each time you check the app.

Download it from the App Store:

FREE
STARZ
STARZ
Starz Entertainment, LLC
STARZ
STARZ
STARZ
Starz Entertainment, LLC

Entertainment your way

Entertainment your way

STARZ is the home to acclaimed series and films including "The Girlfriend Experience," "Outlander," and "Black Sails." Requires a monthly subscription.

Developer
Starz Entertainment, LLC
Release date
2012-10-01
Compatibility
tvos, iphone, ipad, ipod, universal,
Software requirement
OS
Price
FREE
Get
STARZ
STARZ
SHOWTIME

Get Showtime, no cable subscription required

SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME SHOWTIME

With a Showtime app subscription, users gain access to the entire library of Showtime original series, including "Homeland," "Shameless," "Dexter," and much more. You also can watch whatever movies are in the programming block for the month, as well as interesting documentaries and hilarious comedy specials. If you're a sports fan, you can even get boxing matches too. The Showtime Apple TV app includes live streaming and on-demand capability, so you can choose which works for you. The subscription is $10.99 a month, but the first 30 days are free.

Download it from the App Store:

FREE
SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME
Showtime Networks Inc.
SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME
Showtime Networks Inc.

It's Showtime

It's Showtime

Showtime features many acclaimed series and films, including "The Affair," "Billions," and "Penny Dreadful." This Apple TV app lets you get access to all of their popular shows and movies. It does require a monthly subscription, though.

Developer
Showtime Networks Inc.
Release date
2015-07-07
Compatibility
tvos, iphone, ipad, ipod, universal,
Software requirement
OS
Price
FREE
Get
SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more

Watch Game of Thrones without a cable subscription

HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more

HBO Now is a standalone HBO subscription service that lets you access all of HBO's content without a cable subscription. You'll get full episodes of hot shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley, as well as whatever movies are in rotation for the month. If you're a sports fan, you can also view boxing matches and never miss out on the action. Additionally, there are extras and bonuses in HBO NOW (and GO for cable susbcribers) that let you get inside looks on your favorite shows.

Download it from the App Store:

FREE
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
HBO
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
HBO

Watch Every HBO Show

Watch Every HBO Show

With an HBO Now subscription, you can watch any HBO show, both past and present. You can tune in to watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones, or go back and watch the premiere. You can also watch previously aired shows like The Sopranos.

Developer
HBO
Release date
2015-04-07
Compatibility
tvos, iphone, ipad, ipod, universal,
Software requirement
OS
Price
FREE
Get
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
Netflix

The quintessential app for binge-watching

Netflix
Netflix Netflix

Everyone has heard of Netflix — it's the leading Internet streaming service for most of the hot shows and movies that you can't miss. A subscription for streaming starts at just $7.99 a month, with some pricier options if you have a 4K television and want higher quality streams. You can even go above that and get the DVD/Blu-Ray rental too, but it's optional. Netflix streaming has a lot of popular shows as well as original series that are worth watching. Plus, you can always find a decent movie to watch when it's movie night.

Download it from the App Store:

FREE
Netflix
Netflix
Netflix, Inc.
Netflix
Netflix
Netflix
Netflix, Inc.

The best

The best

The most popular video streaming service on the planet features original programming and films, including "House of Cards," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and "Making a Murderer." Requires a monthly subscription.

Developer
Netflix, Inc.
Release date
2010-04-01
Compatibility
tvos, iphone, ipad, ipod, universal,
Software requirement
OS
Price
FREE
Get
Netflix
Netflix
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports

Watch live TV or on-demand shows on Apple TV with an easy-to-use app containing tons of options.

Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports

Sling TV is a solid option for watching the shows, sporting events, and channels you love on your iPhone or iPad. But, now you can check out Sling TV for your Apple TV making your favorite live television and on-demand shows only a click away.

Download it from the App Store:

FREE
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
Sling TV, LLC
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
Sling TV, LLC

My TV

My TV

The My TV section makes it easy to get to the channels and shows you watch the most. Add your preferred channels so that you can start watching with a click. Continue watching shows you have already started and save those you love to the favorites area.

On Now

On Now

The On Now section is terrific to browse through if you are not sure what you are in the mood to watch. You can see what is playing quickly in the sports, kids, lifestyle, action, comedy, drama, and news categories. Or, scroll through the Everything on Now area until you see a show that looks good.

Channel Guide

Channel Guide

The Guide section provides all available channels and shows for a complete picture of your viewing options. Scroll through the channels and when you arrive at one, the shows will pop up below. From those that are on the schedule to shows that are now available, you have flexible choices.

Developer
Sling TV, LLC
Release date
2015-01-20
Compatibility
tvos, iphone, ipad, ipod, universal,
Software requirement
OS
Price
FREE
Get
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
Hulu

Get caught up with this popular streaming service

Hulu
Hulu Hulu

With Hulu, users are able to watch new episodes just a day or two after they air on television. If you subscribe, you can get new episodes faster, as well as have a larger library available for your viewing pleasure. There are also several tiers of subscriptions, in case you don't want ads while watching your shows, so you'll have to pay up for that covenience. The collection of shows and movies on Hulu is pretty vast, and more content gets added every day due to licensing agreements and contracts ending with other services (such as Netflix). If you have Hulu and another service, then you're pretty much set.

Download it from the App Store:

FREE
Hulu
Hulu
Hulu, LLC
Hulu
Hulu
Hulu
Hulu, LLC

All of your favorites

All of your favorites

One of the first video streaming services looks amazing on Apple TV. It features both TV shows and films, with new episodes showing up on the service just a day or two after they air live on television. Hulu is available through a monthly subscription.

Developer
Hulu, LLC
Release date
2010-06-29
Compatibility
tvos, iphone, ipad, ipod, universal,
Software requirement
OS
Price
FREE
Get
Hulu
Hulu

These are the best premium video streaming apps currently available on Apple TV.