The Apple TV application is now available for Roku devices. It allows you to access movies and programs purchased at Apple, subscribe to premium channels and subscribe to the Apple TV + streaming service.
With Apple will launch its Apple TV + streaming service on November 1 and make its Apple TV application available at Roku devices The Apple TV application is being launched on Roku streaming devices and TVs powered by Roku.
Not only can you use the Apple TV application on your Roku for Apple streaming service, but you can access everything else you have available. This includes your iTunes video library. Like if you were using it on your iPhone or Apple TV Box.
Apple TV + on Roku devices
To begin, install the Apple TV application on your Roku device from the Channel Store. You can install it from the Roku website or search for "Apple TV" directly on your device to obtain it.
The first time you start it, you will have set up screens. One of them is the option of not to send Apple any of the display and use analytics. This is good if you are worried that Apple will track your viewing habits.
For more information on how to avoid ad tracking on streaming devices, see our article: How to limit ad tracking on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV and Chromecast.
The application looks the same as Apple TV, iPad or iPhone. It has the same categories as Watch Now, Movies, TV Shows and Kids at the top. And you can scroll to search for titles and watch trailers.
But to see the content and, more importantly, watch the video content purchased from iTunes (movies and programs purchased at Apple) , you must log in with your Apple ID. Go to Settings> Accounts> Login . Then, log in with your mobile device or directly on the Roku device.
After logging in, you will have access to your iTunes video collection. The movies and programs you've seen recently will sync between devices that have the application installed. You can also start renting and buying movies and TV shows from Apple.
Easier to view your Apple content
The application turns your Roku device into a kind of "poor Apple TV" , so to speak. Of course, it does not give you the functionality of tvOS 13. But it gives you full access to your iTunes video library.
For example, I have an Apple TV connected to my main entertainment center in the living room. Now, I can access the content I bought from Apple on the Roku device in my room.
Add another Apple TV box starts at $ 149.99 (4th generation that is HD and not 4K). And the Roku Premiere + streaming device costs only $ 39.99, and it's 4K HDR.
It is also worth noting that while you can subscribe to premium channels through The Roku Channel, you can also do so from the Apple TV application. This is useful if you want your primary premium channel billing to go through Apple.
The Apple TV application can be downloaded for free on your Roku device. If you want to subscribe to Apple TV + for the original Apple content, that will cost $ 4.99 per month.