Apple TV+ Review Roundup: Apple’s Originals Met with Mixed Reception

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Apple’s streaming video service, Apple TV+, launches this Friday, November 1st. Ahead of its launch, today the first reviews dropped for the service’s tentpole originals: The Morning Show, See, For All Mankind, and Dickinson. Overall the critical takes are extremely mixed: though I haven’t seen any reviews that are outright negative, and there are a few which are very positive, the majority of reviews seem to lie somewhere in-between those two extremes.

For All Mankind appears the best-received Apple series, with Dickinson perhaps the second most-praised; however, that may be due to the added pressure placed on The Morning Show and See as Apple’s top two draws. Though many reviewers found things to praise about each show, such as Jennifer Aniston’s strong performance in The Morning Show, and the incredible visuals of See, the majority of their critical emphasis was on the ways these series fail to live up to high expectations.

One common note struck by reviewers is that with most Apple TV+ shows, only three episodes per series were provided for review, which made it difficult to adequately evaluate each first season. Perhaps tellingly, For All Mankind had the most episodes screened for critics, and it’s the most-praised show.

Below is a roundup of excerpts from various reviews that help provide a good overview of what to expect from Apple’s first original series.

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Apple TV+ set for low-key Russian launch

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Apple TV+ will make its debut in Russia on November 1 without local language dubbing.

Quoting a source close to Apple, Kommersant reports that it will instead use local language subtitles.

It adds that as Russian audiences are accustomed to dubbing, local competitors believe the service, like Netflix, expect to secure a large number of subscribers in its initial stage.

It will also probably be regarded as very niche product.

In Russia, Apple TV+ will be available as an app for free for a year on new Apple devices, or otherwise R199 (€ 2.81) a month.

By comparison, two of Russia’s leading OTT services ivi and Okko charge R399 and from R99 to R599 a month respectively.


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Disney and Apple are pushing us into the era of the $25 million TV episode

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The age of the $15-million-per-episode TV series has already come and gone. We’re now entering the era of the $25 million show.

Some of the Marvel TV series on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, will cost as much as $25 million an episode to make, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That would be the most expensive scripted television ever made—by a lot. Here’s how that stacks up to the reported budgets for some other popular TV series throughout the years:

TV seriesNetworkYears on airEstimated cost per episode
Upcoming Marvel showsDisney+2020-$25 million
SeeApple TV+2019-$15-17 million
The Morning ShowApple TV+2019-$15 million
The MandalorianDisney+2019-$15 million
Game of ThronesHBO2011-2019$15 million
The CrownNetflix2016-$13 million
WestworldHBO2016-$10 million
FriendsNBC1994-2004$10 million
Jack RyanAmazon2018-$8 million
American GodsStarz2017-$8 million
Stranger ThingsNetflix2016-$8 million
American Crime StoryFX2016-$6 million
The SimpsonsFox1989-$5 million
House of CardsNetflix2013-2018$4.5 million
Orange is the New BlackNetflix2013-2019$4 million
LostABC2004-2010$4 million
The Walking DeadAMC2010-$3.5 million
Breaking BadAMC2008-2013$3 million
The West WingNBC1999-2006$3 million
Mad MenAMC2007-2015$2.5 million
Friday Night LightsNBC2006-2011$2 million
The SopranosHBO1999-2008$2 million
SeinfeldNBC1989-1998$2 million
Downton AbbeyPBS2010-2015$1.5 million

Until a few months ago, HBO’s Game of Thrones was the priciest scripted TV show ever, at about $15 million per episode toward the end of its eight-season run. Costs were already ballooning throughout the industry due to several factors, including the competition for top talent, the entrance of new deep-pocketed players like Netflix and Amazon, and the desire to make shows that with high production values that stand out amid the deluge of content. The shift to on-demand viewing also gives shows longer shelf lives, affording networks more time to collect returns on their big investments.

But that was before two of the richest companies in the world announced they were making their own original TV shows. When Apple launches its streaming service, Apple TV+, on Nov. 1, it will feature two shows with budgets in Game of Thrones territory: See, a far-future dystopian drama (rumored to cost up to $17 million an hour, Variety reported) and The Morning Show, a dramedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. The tech giant is paying those stars more than $1 million per episode, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Not to be one-upped, Disney’s budget for its Star Wars series The Mandalorian, launching with Disney+ on Nov. 12, is also a reported $15 million an episode. Three of the company’s planned Marvel offerings—The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2020), WandaVision (2021), and Hawkeye (2021)—could cost nearly double that. While the budgets of these shows pale in comparison to those of Marvel’s theatrical releases (many are in the $200 million range), they still need to be high enough to simulate the production values of a blockbuster film and all the pricy special effects and exotic locales that come along with them.

Before Silicon Valley got into the TV business, the average American cable drama cost anywhere from $3-to-$6 million per episode. Broadcast network shows were even cheaper: NBC’s Friday Night Lights, for instance, was budgeted at about $2 million per episode. ABC’s Lost, considered one of the most expensive shows of its time, cost roughly $4 million per episode. (Though its pilot episode remains one of the priciest ever, at $14 million.)

Now that Apple and Disney are in the mix, these prices are only going to increase. Together with Netflix and Amazon, the streaming services and their seemingly limitless funds could crowd some of the smaller networks out of the market entirely. AT&T, which now owns HBO, is hoping to fight back by increasing the prestigious pay-cable channel’s budget and launching a streaming service of its own, HBO Max, which will include HBO shows as well as content from across all of WarnerMedia’s brands.

Amazon, meanwhile, is trying to stay relevant by producing a Lord of the Rings TV series, for which Jeff Bezos and company paid $250 million for the rights alone. In total, the show could run up a tab as high as $1 billion.


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Eir and Virgin in dispute over Apple TV services

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Eir and Virgin Media could be heading for the courts over Eir’s new Apple TV-based TV service.

Last week, Eir announced it would offer customers a new Apple TV 4K set-top, preloaded with its own app and those of Ireland’s top free-to-air channels.

But on Tuesday, Virgin began proceedings in the High Court in Dublin, claiming its channels had been included without prior permission.

Eir says it wanted to base its future around on demand content.

However, there is disagreement over whether the inclusion of Virgin’s channels count under the same regulation as is used for distribution over satellite and cable networks.

In a statement, Virgin Media told Broadband TV News: “Eir’s insistence to include Virgin Media Television channels on their new Apple TV service, without prior approval, has left us with no other option but to issue legal proceedings to protect our rights and the rights of our content providers.”

BTN has approached Eir for comment.


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Apple TV app comes to Amazon Fire TV

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You can watch Apple on Amazon

Want to watch Apple TV+ but don’t yet have an Apple TV streaming box?

Amazon’s got you covered and has made the Apple TV app available on its Fire TV products, meaning you can watch all your iTunes purchases using Amazon’s stick.

Repeating on all channels

The direction of travel is crystal clear:

Just as you can watch Amazon’s shows on your Apple TV/TV app, you can now watch Apple’s on Amazon.

You can also watch Apple TV apps media on Roku sticks, Samsung televisions and (soon) TVs from other manufacturers LG, Sony and Vizio.

Amazon has made Apple TV available on Fire TV devices across 60 countries.

This means that when Apple launches its Apple TV+ service on November 1 most people who are already watching streaming services will be able to at least sample some of the company’s new home-made TV shows.

Apple will be offering a huge quantity of original content for just $4.99/month, including several shows that may turn out to be highly successful, such as ‘See’. ‘The Morning Show’ or ‘For All Mankind’.

How it works

In a small touch of irony you will be able to use Alexa to control your Apple TV+ shows on your Fire stick, Amazon has said.

The Apple TV app is available today for Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K, in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, India and Italy.

Fire TV Basic Edition customers in over 50 countries (including Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Brazil, Ireland, and Mexico ) will be able to start using the app today.

You can purchase Amazon Fire sticks using the following affiliate link.

c/o Variety.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick now Offers Apple TV App

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Amazon announced today that the Fire TV Stick (2nd gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K now both offer the Apple TV app.

Fire TV Stick

Customers will have access to their entire library with TV shows and movies they’ve bought or rented from Apple. Apple TV+ will also be available for the TV Sticks once the service launches on November 1.

Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K customers will be able to download the app starting today in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and India. Fire TV Basic Edition customers in over 50 countries can also find the Apple TV app in the Amazon Appstore on their Fire TV. The app will be coming soon to Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd Gen), Fire TV (3rd Gen pendant design), Toshiba and Insignia Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and Nebula sound bar. The Apple TV app is not compatible with Fire TV (1st and 2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick (1st Gen).

Further Reading:

[Getting Started with Apple TV+]

[Apple Patents Discuss Digital Government ID]


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Another day, another Apple TV+ premier: ‘See’

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Jason says hello

Apple is promoting its soon to air Apple TV+ service with a string of premier events, including an event last night for hotly tipped show, ‘See’.

All aboard the hype-cycle

‘See’ is picking up a lot of interest since Apple first showed clips from the series earlier on this year. Two seasons of the show have cost Apple c. $240 million, Hollywood Reporter claims.

Written and created by Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence, the events in ‘See’ take place in a future world where a deadly virus has destroyed humanity and left the survivors blind – until two sighted twins are born.

Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss — the father of the twins — who must protect his tribe against a powerful queen who wants the twins destroyed. The show also stars Alfre Woodard as Paris, Voss’s “spiritual leader”.

See cast at premiere

See cast at premiere

Many of the show’s cast and crew are blind or have low vision, and have helped bring the epic story to life. Indeed, the word coming out of the show is that it has managed to build a world that has the potential to generate an interest as great as Game of Thrones, without actually being the same as the other show.

It’s not LIKE Game of Thrones, it just hits a similar spot in terms of creating a credible alternate reality.

But it’s just as epic

Apple vice presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack van Amburg (who run Apple’s TV+ efforts after being hired from Sony in 2017) told Emmy Magazine:

“Can it be as epic as, say, a Game of Thrones? We answer that question early on with a resounding yes!”.

Apple premiered “See” October 21 at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood, California. The who’s was written and created by Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence.

Beginning November 1, the first three episodes of “See” will be available to watch on Apple TV+ in over 100 countries and regions around the world.

New episodes will continue to roll out weekly, every Friday. (Apple has booked two series, reports claim).

Apple TV+ will launch November 1 in over 100 countries and regions.

It will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online (, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

Customers who purchase any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting September 10, 2019, can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Beginning November 1, customers can initiate the one-year free offer in the Apple TV app on the device running the latest software.

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Living with Yourself

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Paul Rudd and Aisling Bea… is almost too much to handle on one screen. But TWO Paul Rudds in the one show? Well. Mind explosion. And if that’s not enough, there’s a special guest spot from Alia Shakwat. 

Miles (Rudd) is living a mundane existence that is rapidly aging him in Living with Yourself. So he impulsively decides to spend hard earned savings (that was meant for fertility treatments) on a spa day, recommended by a friend. 

And then he wakes up buried, wrapped in plastic. Upon returning home he discovers a clone of himself. But that’s not all that has changed. Something within him has come to life. Well, within one of the versions of him. Things are thrilling again— the air feels better, he no longer needs glasses and he has the confidence to kick arse during pitch meetings at work. 

And the other (original) version, remains downtrodden by life, devoid of colour and like the juice has been completely sucked out of him. 

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Image credit: Netflix

Surely, it’s most people’s fantasy to be cloned or at least have a clone to help with the housework. As you’d expect, Miles starts putting his duplicate to good use by standing in at parties and so on. The trouble starts when people start preferring the clone. It’s a new and unexplored complexity to be jealous of yourself. 

Most episodes alternate between the two Miles’ points of view, with a bonus viewpoint of his wife which strengthens the plot and adds additional dimensions through these perspectives. 

It’s an interesting and non confronting look at identity, without being emotionally wrenching like how many dramedies are constructed these days. This is not a criticism, I like it, it’s just nice to have the reprieve and not have to have the dread of what is around the narrative corner. Plus, it retains its stamina throughout the whole season. 

You might need to binge watch because the chronology is not the easiest to follow. Any excuse to binge watch, right?

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Game Of Thrones: S2E6

The sixth episode of Season 2 of Game Of Thrones starts with a major turn of events when freshly minted ‘Prince’ Theon captures the castle of Winterfell. He also shocks everyone when he executes Ser Rodrik who denies accepting Theon as the new Lord of Winterfell.

Strange people doing unexpected things, isn’t it? In case you also strangely stumbled upon this post out of nowhere and want to check out all my reviews about Game of Thrones then you can click here:

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Alright. Back to the current episode.
At King’s Landing, everyone is gathered at the riverside to see off Princess Myrcella who is being shipped off to Dorne for her safety. But Cersei is still thinking that this is some vicious plot by Tyrion against her and she threatens Tyrion that she will also take away some loved one from him one day as revenge. On their way back to The Red Keep, the people of King’s Landing who are unhappy because of the effects of the ongoing war, attacks the King and his entire party. The King orders everyone to be assassinated as an act of punishment but somehow everyone escapes. Everyone except, poor Sansa. Sansa is almost going to get raped and possibly killed when The Hound saves her and brings her back to the castle. Beyond The Wall, Jon and his brothers of The Night’s watch encounters some wildings who are killed off except a pretty wilding Yiggrite. Jon is unable to kill her and thus takes her as a prisoner and they begin to walk together in search of his other brothers. Lord Tywin is enraged when one of his council members sends a letter to the wrong house and is impressed to know that Arya who is posing as his cupbearer can read. Lord Bealish visits Tywin and he also notices Arya but Arya manages to keep her identity safe. She smuggles one of the notes with her that contains Lannister’s battle plan but is caught red handed by one of the Lannister knights. To save herself, Arya gets him killed before he could see Tywin. A wounded Sansa is being treated by Shae who gives her a good advice to never trust anyone to stay safe. At Winterfell, Osha lures Theon into bed thereby gaining his trust only to take Bran and Rickon to safety. Beyond the narrow sea, The Mother of Dragons is sad after meeting multiple Kings in Quarth because no one is ready to give her ships to cross the narrow sea so that she could take back all seven kingdoms. Upon returning home, she witnesses a mass murder of her people and also her dragons are missing. Finally we see dragons crying for help which are being taken away by a hooded man to The House of The Undying.

Are you keeping the count of how many new characters have been introduced recently? Have you stopped counting number of deaths per episode? Well I have. But the series somehow manages to keep the interest alive even with all the innovative ways to kill people, the politics, different houses and their allies and of course with so much nudity!

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How to Download and Pair the Fire TV Remote App on Android

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Homeowners would be happy to download and pair the Fire TV Remote App. Here, you can have to take note of the compatibility of the mobile device to make the download and paring excellent. You can use your TV device as a remote. It’s easy, and you would be happy with the results.

But before we go to the process, you have to take note of the compatibility of the TV app in the devices you’re using. A few of the compatible devices are Fire tablets, Android devices and iOS devices. Take note; Users can use the advanced settings of a modem or a router that supports the Multicast that you can use on the app. But, if you are not familiar with using the setting, then it’s best to contact your service provider.

Fire TV Remote App

Download Process

The download process is easy and fast. By following these simple guidelines, you have a chance to achieve a successful download process:

  • You can select the Amazon Remote App in the app store you like or in the mobile device you’re using.
  • Next, you can follow the instructions you see on the screen. You make sure that the information you enter in each instruction is correct. It assures you have success in the download process.

Pairing Process

Now that you’re familiar with the download process let’s talk about the pairing process. Don’t worry because it’s very simple and easy for any user. The following are the systematic process you need to follow:

  1. You should connect the device you’re using to a Wi-Fi network. If you want to have excellent results, you connect with the similar network that you use for your Fire TV.
  2. Next, you can launch the Fire TV app, and you choose the TV device that you want to pair.  But, if you can’t see the Amazon account you have, it’s best to sign in. Here, you enter the information you see on your Amazon account.
  3. Last, you now have to type the code that you see on the screen of your TV. You make sure that you enter the correct code so that you wouldn’t repeat the operation.  Once the pairing is complete, you can’t unpair it. But, if you do a factory setting, the paired controls would be removed.

Here’s another tip you can do. If you want to see or check the remotes paired, you do the following steps:

  • You go the Setting Options and then proceed to the Controllers.
  • Next, you go to the Devices option.
  • Last, you proceed to the Amazon Remotes.

The steps and guidelines are easy, right? Any Fire TV user can do it if he or she follows it well.  You don’t need to act a pro for you to achieve success in the downloading and pairing process. All you need to do is read the guidelines carefully, and you gain excellent results. Homeowners would be happy to use the Fire TV with another device. It’s a good way to enjoy the device at home or in the office. So, you try it now and have good results!

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