Thoughts on Apple TV+, free trials, and the family plan

Had a bit of back and forth on Twitter this morning, with questions about Apple TV+. Here are a few findings…

  • If you sign up for Apple TV+, you are getting the family plan. There’s no separate pricing tier, as there is for Apple Music. $4.99 a month, up to 6 family members.

  • Though I’ve not read any specific guidance on this, I would make sure the person designated as the primary contact for your family is the person who signs up for Apple TV+. If someone else in the family buys a device and signs up for the free year of Apple TV+, it’s not clear if the free year applies to the primary account.

  • From Apple’s Apple TV+ free year promo terms and conditions:

Offer cannot be combined with other free trials or offers for Apple TV+.

I get that this is designed to prevent you from buying two Apple devices and getting two free years of Apple TV+. But what if you sign up for the free 7 day trial, then buy an Apple device? Does the free trial prevent you from getting the free year?

My guess on that latter is no, that the 7 day trial won’t void the free year, but it’d be good to get some clarification here.

  • Another bit from the terms and conditions:

Offer must be claimed in the Apple TV app within 3 months after first setting up your new device. To see the offer appear, you will need to sign in with your Apple ID on your new device. If you’ve purchased your new device before the launch of Apple TV+ on November 1, you will have 3 months starting November 1 to redeem.

Good to know. If you know the answer to the two questions raised above (if non-primary family member signs up for free year, does it apply to main account?, and does free trial prevent free year?) please touch base.