The Best Apple TV Apps of 2021

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To make the most of your Apple TV, you’ll need to choose an app in order to access the latest movies and live TV programs. Our top pick is the Apple TV app, because it’s built for the Apple ecosystem and offers a wide range of streaming content.

But there are plenty of other streaming platforms to choose from, including apps for cooking, exercise, and more. We’ve included nine other Apple TV apps for you to try that offer different pricing options and types of content.

Top 10 Apple TV Apps to Try

How We Chose the Best Apple TV Apps

We based our picks on several factors, including whether or not they offer live TV and 4K video streaming. But everyone’s TV viewing habits are different, so some of these features may be more important to you than others.

Choose the Apple TV app that’s right for you

Most of the apps on our list offer similar features, such as access to a streaming library or live TV shows. But some of them cater to specific audiences, such as families or movie buffs, so you’ll find different content on each app.

Also, some apps offer additional features, such as the option to store movies from multiple platforms or share an account with multiple users.

Keep an eye on for subscription fees

You don’t have to stick with a single Apple TV app. In fact, using more than one app means you’ll have access to varied content that may appeal to more members of your family. That said, most of these apps have a monthly subscription fee, so it may be better to try out a few different apps before choosing your favorite.

Our Apple TV App Reviews

Apple TV app — Top Pick

Apple TV App feature

Download: Android | iOS

The Apple TV app is the built-in app that comes with your Apple TV, so it’s our top pick for its ease of use and compatibility. You’ll be able to access Apple TV Channels (some of which are free), and purchase individual movies and TV shows. If you want to stream popular shows like Ted Lasso, you can subscribe to Apple TV+ for $4.99 per month or try it out for free for seven days. You’ll also get three months free when you buy a new Apple device. You can sync your watch list to your iPhone and iPad, but you’ll need to leave the app in order to access other streaming platforms like Netflix.

Notable features:

  • 7-Day Free Trial
  • Apple TV+: $4.99/month
  • Support available: Chat, Email, Phone, Community, Help Articles
Apple TV Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Built for Apple TVs Some channels cost extra
Some free content Doesn’t integrate with other apps
Syncs with other devices  

YouTube — Best Free Version

YouTube App feature

Download: Android | iOS

YouTube offers the best free version of all of the apps on our list, because you can access hours of free streaming content without a subscription. YouTube’s offerings aren’t as comprehensive as other streaming platforms, so you may not find all of the new TV shows and movies you’re looking for. But if you’re interested in vlogs, music videos, and other user-generated content, you’re bound to find it here. YouTube also offers a Premium version for $11.99 per month, which offers access to original programming. This app is no longer compatible with third-generation Apple TVs, but still works on all newer models.

Notable features:

  • 30-Day Free Trial
  • Premium: $11.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Email, Live Chat, Community Forum
YouTube Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Free user-generated content Limited original content
Offline viewing with Premium Not compatible with older TVs

Netflix — Best Streaming App

Netflix App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Netflix needs no introduction, and its high-quality content and user-friendly interface makes it our pick for the best overall streaming app. There are a few downsides when using it on an Apple TV, such as the fact that you won’t see Now Playing shows on the Apple TV home screen. Still, it’s compatible with voice-powered search using Siri, saving you time as you browse the library for new shows to watch. After your free trial is up, you can choose a subscription plan based on how many devices are connected to your account.

Notable features:

  • 30-Day Free Trial
  • Basic: $8.99/month
    Standard: $13.99/month
    Premium: $17.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Call through the Netflix app, Live Chat, FAQs
Netflix Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
High-quality content Maximum of 4 simultaneous users
Voice-powered search using Siri  

Disney Plus — Best for Families

Disney Plus App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Disney Plus has made a name for itself with original shows like The Mandalorian, and for being the only place to watch the filmed version of Hamilton. At $6.99 per month, Disney Plus is more affordable than Netflix, but you’ll have to pay extra to watch new releases like Black Widow and Mulan, and there is no longer a 7-day free trial. Still, for family-friendly content, Disney Plus can’t be beat, and its compatibility with Apple TV makes it easy to get started. There is also a bundled subscription that includes Disney Plus and Hulu in a single package.

Notable features:

  • Disney+: $6.99/month
    Disney+ Bundle: $12.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Email, Phone, Live Chat
Disney Plus Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Family-friendly content Some movies cost extra
Optional Hulu bundle No free trial

Hulu — Best for Live TV

Hulu App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Hulu has a substantial movie library, but where it really shines is in its television content. From popular TV shows like Arrested Development to original programming like The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll find something for everyone in your family. Unlike Netflix, Hulu can be used along with the Apple TV app and will display your current watch list on the home screen. You can purchase a standalone subscription for $5.99 per month, as a bundle with Disney Plus for $13.99, or with live TV included for $64.99. The main downside to Hulu is that most plans include ads, and you’ll need to pay an additional $6 per month to remove them.

Notable features:

  • 30-Day Free Trial
  • Hulu: $5.99/month
    Hulu + Live TV: $64.99/month
    Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN+: $13.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Email, Live Chat, Community
Hulu Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Integrates with Apple TV app Basic plan has ads
Optional Disney Plus bundle  

Amazon Prime Video — Best for Movies

Amazon Prime Video App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Amazon Prime Video has been steadily growing its library of content, making it a great app for movie lovers who want the choice between a subscription plan and individual movie purchases. You can get access to the entire library for $8.99/month, or simply rent or buy movies à la carte. If you already have an Amazon Prime membership, then Prime Video is included. You can also subscribe to additional channels, such as NBA League Pass, without leaving the app. Amazon Prime Video is compatible with Apple TV, Android and iOS devices, and more.

Notable features:

  • 30-Day Free Trial
  • Amazon Prime Video: $8.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center
Amazon Prime Video Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Rent or buy movies Some channels cost extra
Included with Amazon Prime  

TED — Most Educational

TED App feature

Download: Android | iOS

The TED app is our top pick for educational content, because it offers thousands of TED talks on a wide range of subjects. You can get personalized recommendations, or use the “Surprise Me!” feature to move outside of your comfort zone. This app doesn’t offer TV shows or movies, so it may not cover all of your viewing needs, but it’s free and can be synced with all of your devices. It’s compatible with Apple TV and AirPlay, so you can cast content directly from your phone or tablet. The app also includes a library of original podcast episodes.

Notable features:

  • Free
  • Support available: Help Center, Email
TED Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Free to use Limited range of content
Syncs with all devices  

Daily Burn — Best Fitness App

Daily Burn App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Daily Burn is the best Apple TV app for fitness, with at-home exercise programs for users of all fitness levels. You can follow along with the Daily Burn 365 exercise routine, which airs at 9 a.m. EST every morning for 30 minutes, or watch it on your own schedule by downloading it from the on-demand library. You can choose from a wide range of routines, from cardio kickboxing to flexibility and stretching. Daily Burn costs $14.99/month for a basic subscription, and you can try it out for 30 days to see if it’s right for you. Daily Burn also offers apps for running and yoga.

Notable features:

  • 30-Day Free Trial
  • Basic: $14.99/month; Premium: $19.99/month
  • Support available: Email, FAQs, Live Chat
Daily Burn Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
30-day free trial Fitness content only
Personalized workout routines No 4K video

Kitchen Stories — Best Cooking App

Kitchen Stories App feature

Download: Android | iOS

The Kitchen Stories app is the best app on our list for home chefs, with a collection of recipes and how-to videos that you can follow along with on your Apple TV or mobile device. Kitchen Stories costs $4.99/month, and offers a 14-day free trial if you aren’t ready to subscribe. You can focus on your knife skills with lessons such as “how to prepare pomelo,” or learn how to caramelize onions, roll out pasta dough, and more. This app doesn’t offer any live streaming content or 4K video, but it has enough new recipes to keep you busy and entertained!

Notable features:

  • 14-Day Free Trial
  • $4.99/month
  • Support available: Email, Phone, FAQs
Kitchen Stories Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Bite-sized instructional videos No live TV content
Hundreds of recipes No 4K video

Movies Anywhere — Best Digital Locker

Movies Anywhere App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Movies Anywhere is owned by the Walt Disney Company, but you won’t notice much Disney branding in this app. That is because it’s designed to organize your movie and TV purchases from multiple platforms. If you’ve already purchased a movie on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play, it will appear in your Movies Anywhere library. This makes it easy to browse all of your favorite movies in one place and access them on any of your devices. You can create user profiles for all of your family members and even share a free “Screen Pass” with a friend!

Notable features:

  • Free
  • Support available: Help Center, Live Chat, Email, Phone
Movies Anywhere Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Multiple user profiles No original content
Share movies with friends Doesn’t work with all platforms

Apple TV Apps: Features Summary Table

Apple TV Apps Comparison Table
App Subscription Fees or In-App Purchases Features
Apple TV app — Top Pick Apple TV+: $4.99/month ✓ Live TV
✓ Multiple Users
✓ Movies
✓ 4K
YouTube — Best Free Version Premium: $11.99/month ✓ Live TV
✓ Multiple Users
✓ Movies
✓ 4K
Netflix — Best Streaming App Basic: $8.99/month
Standard: $13.99/month
Premium: $17.99/month
X Live TV
✓ Multiple Users
✓ Movies
✓ 4K
Disney Plus — Best for Families Disney+: $6.99/month
Disney+ Bundle: $12.99/month
X Live TV
✓ Multiple Users
✓ Movies
✓ 4K
Hulu — Best for Live TV Hulu: $5.99/month
Hulu + Live TV: $64.99/month
Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+: $13.99/month
✓ Live TV
✓ Multiple Users
✓ Movies
✓ 4K
Amazon Prime Video — Best for Movies Prime Video: $8.99/month ✓ Live TV
✓ Multiple Users
✓ Movies
✓ 4K
TED — Most Educational Free ✓ Live TV
X Multiple Users
X Movies
✓ 4K
Daily Burn — Best Fitness App Basic: $14.99/month
Premium: $19.99/month
X Live TV
X Multiple Users
X Movies
X 4K
Kitchen Stories — Best Cooking App Monthly: $4.99 X Live TV
X Multiple Users
X Movies
X 4K
Movies Anywhere — Best Digital Locker Free X Live TV
✓ Multiple Users
✓ Movies
✓ 4K