It might seem counterintuitive at first, but you can watch the original movies and shows on Apple TV Plus using plenty of devices that Apple doesn’t make. As much as the company would like you to buy an iPhone or an Apple TV 4K, it wants subscribers wherever it can get them. Here’s how to watch Apple TV Plus on Roku, including costs and compatible devices.
Apple TV Plus is available on Roku through the Channel Store and should work with any Roku device made in the past few years. It costs $4.99 a month after a seven-day trial, or you can get three months free when you buy an Apple device. It’s also included with any Apple One subscription.
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Is Apple TV Plus available on my Roku?
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Almost certainly, including Roku TVs from manufacturers like RCA and TCL. While we can’t cover the full range of compatible TVs, here are the Roku add-on devices Apple supports, broken down by model type and number:
- Express 3900X, 3930X
- Express Plus 3910X, 3931X, 3941X
- Premiere 3920X, 4620X
- Premiere Plus 3921X, 4630X
Streaming Stick (including 4K models)
- Streaming Stick 3600X, 3800X, 3820X
- Streaming Stick Plus 3810X, 3811X, 3821X
- Ultra 4640X, 4660X, 4661X, 4670X, 4800X
- Ultra LT 4662X
- Smart Soundbar 9100X, 9101X, 9102X
- Roku HD 3932X
- Roku 2 4210X, 4205X
- Roku 3 4200X, 4230X
How to get Apple TV Plus on Roku
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The Apple TV app can be found and installed by searching the Channel Store, accessing Streaming Channels on the Roku home screen, or visiting Roku’s website.
It’s worth a reminder at this point that technically speaking, the app isn’t just for Apple TV Plus — any videos you’ve bought or rented from Apple will also appear here, as will any third-party video services you’ve subscribed to through your Apple account. But since that content is typically available elsewhere on Roku, Plus is the main attraction.
However you use the app, you’ll need an Apple ID. If you’re not prompted when you open the app for the first time, go to Settings > Accounts > Sign In, then select Create an Apple ID if you don’t have one, or else Sign In On Mobile Device or Sign In On This TV. Mobile sign-in involves scanning a QR code or manually entering a code at activate.apple.com.
One option to begin watching Apple TV Plus is locating a subscription button when scrolling through the Watch Now tab. However, the easiest way to sign up is through the Apple TV Plus web page, since you’ll be able to enter data a lot faster with a mouse, keyboard, and/or touchscreen.
How much is Apple TV Plus on Roku?
The cost on Roku is the same as other platforms. In the US, that translates to $4.99 per month once you’ve completed a seven-day free trial. If you’ve bought an Apple device like an iPhone or iPad within the last 90 days, you can extend that trial to three months. Either way, remember to cancel over 24 hours before the end of a trial if you don’t want to be billed.
Apple TV Plus is also available through Apple One, an umbrella subscription that includes Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and extra storage in iCloud. For individuals, Apple One starts at $14.95 per month. There’s also a $19.95 Family tier that allows sharing with five other people, and raises iCloud storage from 50GB to 200GB. A $29.95 Premier plan is based on the Family option, but adds Apple Fitness Plus, Apple News Plus, and 2TB of iCloud space.
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Can you get Apple Music on Roku?
Can you cast Apple TV Plus to Roku?
Apart from AirPlay, the only option is Google- or Windows-based screen mirroring from the web and/or a Mac or Windows PC. That’s because the only Android client for the service is hosted on Android TV. Mirroring methods will vary from product to product.
On your Roku device, make sure you go to Settings > System > Screen mirroring and switch the mirroring mode to Prompt or Always allow. If you choose the former, you’ll have to authorize with your remote every time you want to mirror something. If you’re using a Roku TV or soundbar, you should also ensure that Fast TV Start is enabled by going to Settings > System > Power.