April 4, 2020
Apple TV Channels, which like Amazon Channels, offers access to third-party over-the-top video platforms, is offering extended free access to content during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apple is extending to 30 days free trials to ViacomCBS’s Showtime OTT and MGM-owned Epix (through May 2 with no subscription required), AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and Lifetime Movie Channel, among others.
The free access requires signing up for the third-party streaming service app, which then reverts to a paid subscription after the free trial period ends unless canceled by the user.
Other OTT video services offering free 30-day access on Apple TV Channels (followed by a paid subscription) include: Arrow Video Channel ($4.99 per month); History Channel Vault (4.99); Lifetime Movie Club ($3.99); Noggin (60-day trial followed by $7.99 monthly fee); PBS Living ($2.99); Showtime ($10.99); Acorn TV ($5.99); Smithsonian Channel+ ($4.99); and A&E ($4.99).
Apple TV Channels is available through Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, in addition to the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.