Movies in the Apple TV app
The Movies screen in the Apple TV app contains great new movie content across Apple TV channels and apps, including those you haven’t yet installed or subscribed to, as well as the latest releases. You can discover recommendations based on your taste, or browse the hottest new releases, collections, and other offers.
Once you find a movie you want to watch, you can choose how to watch it if it’s available on multiple channels and apps. If the movie’s available to start playing immediately, you’ll get the default channel or app that lets you watch it in the highest-quality version.
Browse featured and recommended movies
Open the Apple TV app on Apple TV.
In the menu bar, navigate to Movies, then browse featured movies, genres, and collections.
Recommendations appear based on your tastes or past viewing or purchase/rental history (If You Like Shrek 2, for example).
Select a movie to see previews, ratings, descriptions, and viewing information.
Pick a movie to watch
When you select a movie, a new screen appears with ratings, descriptions, and viewing information, including all of the ways you can watch the movie on Apple TV. After a few seconds, a free preview begins playing in the background.
In the Apple TV app , do any of the following:
Watch a free preview: If a preview is available, it automatically begins playing in the background. To watch the preview in full screen, press up on the clickpad ring (second-generation Siri Remote), or swipe up on the touch surface (first-generation Siri Remote).
Play the movie: If the movie is already available to you to watch as a purchase or on an indicated channel or app, select Play to start watching it immediately.
Buy or rent the movie: Select Buy or Rent, then select the option you want and confirm your purchase or rental.
In some regions, you can rent movies. You have 30 days to begin watching a rented movie. After you start watching it, you can play it as many times as you want within 48 hours. During the rental period, you can download the rented movie on one device at any given time and also stream it on another. For example, you can start watching a movie downloaded on your iPhone, then finish watching it later on your Apple TV. Once your time is up, the movie is no longer available.
Subscribe to Apple TV+: Select the subscription button, then follow the onscreen instructions.
Subscribe to an Apple TV channel: Select the subscription button, then follow the onscreen instructions.
Open the movie in another app: Select “Open In,” then select an app. If an app isn’t immediately available, follow the onscreen instructions to install it and connect to it. Some apps may require a subscription.
Add an item to Up Next: If you want to watch the movie later, select Add to Up Next to add it to Up Next in the Watch Now screen.
Remove an item from Up Next: Select In Up Next.
Go to the next movie in the category you’re browsing: Navigate right or left. You can also press the Back button (second-generation Siri Remote) or button (first-generation Siri Remote) to go back to the Movies screen.
To get more information, navigate to a row or item, then do any of the following:
Watch additional trailers: Scroll left or right in the Additional Trailers row, then select a trailer.
Browse related movies: Scroll left or right in the Related row, then select a movie.
Preview Extras: Select to preview additional menu items and video extras available when you purchase the movie from Apple.
Explore cast and crew: Scroll left or right in the Cast & Crew row, then select a person to see biographical information and associated movies and TV shows.
See viewing options: Scroll left or right in the How to Watch row to see all of the ways to watch the movie on Apple TV, including pricing options to buy or rent, or the available Apple TV channels or apps.
Some content and apps are available with a subscription. To sign up, select the item and follow the sign-up process using your Apple ID. If you haven’t installed the app yet, you’ll be prompted to download it from the App Store.
Other content may be available to you with your cable or satellite subscription. If this is your first time using an app that requires a cable or satellite subscription, you may need to enter your TV provider credentials (see Set up single sign-on with your TV provider on Apple TV).
Get more information: Scroll to the bottom of the screen to see ratings, descriptions, and other information.
When you buy or rent a movie, it automatically plays in the highest-quality format available for your Apple TV, including high-definition (HD) and 4K resolution formats. These videos might also feature high dynamic range (HDR) in HDR10 or Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. For more information, see the Apple Support article Find movies with 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision, or Dolby Atmos in the Apple TV app.