How Apple TV Channels prices compare to native apps like HBO Now, Showtime, and Paramount+

Apple’s newly redesigned TV app, which debuted in iOS 12.3, isn’t exactly packed with new features. The layout changed a little, but it’s not very different from what we’ve used for a few years now.

The new app is all about access, not features. It’s available on the Mac, smart TVs, Roku, and Fire TV. And it’s available in a lot more countries than the old TV app ever was.

It’s also the place where you’ll find new ways to subscribe to content. Apple TV+ will showcase Apple’s original shows and series starting this fall, and Apple TV Channels let you subscribe to other streaming providers from right within the TV app. It’s just like Amazon Prime Video Channels or Roku Channel Premium Subscriptions.

Updated 03/04/21: CBS All Access is now Paramount+. It carries the same price, it just offers a greatly expanded selection of content.

What Apple TV Channels will cost you

Apple TV Channels are purchased from right within the TV app, and you’ll browse and play content there, too. You don’t have to install any other apps at all, or visit a website to sign up. All purchases are processed and billed through your Apple account.

Every Apple TV Channel has a one-week trial period, after which you’ll be billed monthly. There are currently no yearly subscription options, and you can cancel at any time without penalty.

Here’s a list of all the current Apple TV Channels, with prices for those we know, compared to the monthly and yearly prices if you were to download the service’s app on iOS or Apple TV and subscribe.


TV Channel

Native App

Yearly  sub

Acorn TV $5.99 $6.99 $69.99
A&E Crime Central $4.99 N/A N/A
AMC+ $8.99 N/A N/A
Arrow Video Channel $4.99 N/A N/A
BEET+ $9.99 $9.99 N/A
Britbox $6.99 $6.99 $69.99
BFI Player Classics $5.99 N/A N/A
Cinemax $9.99 N/A N/A
CollegeHumor Dropout   $5.99 $47.99
Comedy Central $3.99 N/A N/A
CuriosityStream $2.99 $2.99 $19.99
EPIX $5.99 $5.99 N/A
Eros Now* $3.49 $7.99 $69.99
Hallmark Movies Now $5.99 $5.99 $59.99
HBO $14.99 $14.99 N/A
History Vault $4.99 $4.99 $49.99
IFC Films Unlimited $5.99 N/A N/A
Lifetime Movie Club $3.99 $3.99 $39.99
MTV Hits $5.99 N/A N/A
Moonbug Kids $1.99 N/A N/A
MUBI $10.99 $10.99 $95.99
Nick Hits $7.99 N/A N/A
Noggin $7.99 $7.99 $69.99
Pantaya   $5.99 $49.99
Paramount+ $9.99 $9.99 $99.99
PBS Living $2.99 N/A N/A
Showtime $10.99 $10.99 N/A
Shudder $5.99 $5.99 $56.99
Smithsonian Channel Plus $4.99 $4.99 N/A
Starz $8.99 $8.99 $74.99
Sundance $6.99 $6.99 $59.99
Tastemade $4.99 $4.99 $49.99
Up Faith & Family $4.99 $5.99 $53.99
Urban Movie Channel $4.99 $6.99 $59.99

We will continue to update this table as more Apple TV Channels become available.