Apple TV launch: How will the price stack up against Netflix, Amazon Prime and other competitors?

Rumor is that the tech giant could potentially give away its content free of cost at first, although that could change over time. 


                            Apple TV launch: How will the price stack up against Netflix, Amazon Prime and other competitors?

Apple TV 6 is reportedly planning its big launch on Monday, March 25, where it is to unveil its plans for its TV programming and its streaming service. With Apple pouring in over more than $1 billion worth of TV shows, the service may be a bit more expensive than its counterparts. Rumor is that the tech giant could potentially give away its content free of cost at first, although that could change over time. 

An Apple Tv set-top box is seen in the demo area after an Apple special event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. unveiled the latest iterations of its smart phone, the 6S and 6S Plus, an update to its Apple TV set-top box as well as announcing the new iPad Pro. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
An Apple Tv set-top box is seen in the demo area after an Apple special event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. unveiled the latest iterations of its smart phone, the 6S and 6S Plus, an update to its Apple TV set-top box as well as announcing the new iPad Pro. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)

You would need to have an Apple device to access the video offerings which could cost you approximately $149. The price of the service is speculated to be around $15 per month if Apple does decide to charge its customers. The company is known for its high-end products that more often than not come with a huge price tag as well. If it does charge about $15 for its subscription, it would be much higher than the price Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu asks its viewers to cough up for their library. 

 If Apple does charge about $15 for its subscription, it would be much higher than the price Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu (Source: Netflix)
 If Apple does charge about $15 for its subscription, it would be much higher than the price Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu (Source: Netflix)

Netflix's basic plan comes for $7.99 per month that doesn't provide high definition viewing and its programs can only be watched on one screen at a time. The standard package comes for $10.99 per month, which includes HD viewing and multiple screens.

Amazon Prime is a little pricey than this, with $12.99 per month for a monthly subscription and a $99 annual membership fee, in case you want to get Prime for the whole year.

Amazon Prime is a little pricey with $12.99 per month for a monthly subscription and a $99 annual membership fee (Source: Amazon)
Amazon Prime is a little pricey with $12.99 per month for a monthly subscription and a $99 annual membership fee (Source: Amazon)

As for Hulu, it is cheaper than both Netflix and Prime but comes with a couple of drawbacks. Hulu Plus is currently $7.99 a month with limited ads. If you want to go ad-less, it is $11.99 a month. For $39.99 a month, viewers have access to the Hulu With Live TV plan, which features more than 50 live and on-demand channels and allows streaming on two screens simultaneously. 

The priciest of the lot is Youtube TV, which comes at a price of $40 a month and a five-day free trial. It has add-ons like the Showtime network for an additional fee. Apple TV is speculated to be trying to get networks like HBO, Starz, Showtime and CBS to offer another programming alongside its own originals.