Explore Watch Now in the Apple TV app
The Watch Now screen in the Apple TV app is the place to start watching movies, TV shows, news, and live sports (not available in all countries or regions). Find what you want to watch, add it to your Up Next list, then start watching.
Open the Apple TV app on Apple TV.
In the menu bar, navigate to Watch Now.
Navigate down to view recommended content—TV shows, movies, news, and sports, including collections hand-picked by experts, dedicated categories based on your viewing history, recommendations customized just for you, both of you, or all of you (depending upon the number of users you’ve added to Apple TV), and items shared with you from the Messages app on another Apple device.
Sports events in progress display live scores (to manage sports notifications, see Adjust Apple TV app settings).
Navigate to a category row (Hit Movies, for instance), then navigate right to see available content in that category.
Select an item in a category row to see its rating description, available viewing options, and purchase or rental information.
Play a movie, TV show, news program, or sports event
Find what you want to watch in the Apple TV app , then select it.
Do any of the following:
Play the item: Select Play or Open In.
Subscribe to Apple TV+: Select the subscription button, then follow the onscreen instructions to begin playing the show.
Subscribe to an Apple TV channel: Select the subscription button, then follow the onscreen instructions to begin playing the show.
Buy or rent a movie: Select Buy or Rent, then select the option you want and confirm your purchase or rental. For details, see Pick a movie or TV show to watch.
Buy a TV show episode or season: Select Buy, then select the option you want and confirm your purchase. For details, see Pick a movie or TV show to watch.
Watch a sports event: Select Live Now. For details, see Browse and watch live sports.
During playback, press the Back button (Siri Remote 2nd generation or later) or button (Siri Remote 1st generation) to see additional information, extras, and an option to replay from the beginning.
See what’s up next
The Up Next row displays content you’ve already started to watch or plan to watch.
In the Watch Now screen of the Apple TV app , navigate to the Up Next row, then navigate left or right to see shows you’ve recently watched or added to Up Next.
Shows and movies appear in the order you’re most likely to want to watch them. For example, when a TV episode is finished, the next episode automatically appears in Up Next. And if you’ve already caught up on a show, whenever a new episode becomes available, it immediately appears in the beginning of the Up Next row.
If your favorite sports team is playing on MLS Season Pass, Friday Night Baseball, or on an app you’re signed in to, such as ESPN, the live game in progress appears in Up Next. Alerts appear onscreen if the game is close so that you can quickly switch to the action. To manage sports notifications or turn live sports scores on or off, see Adjust Apple TV app settings.
If you have an iPad or iPhone and are signed in with the same account you use for Apple TV, your viewing progress and episode selection stay in sync in the Apple TV app on those devices. For example, you can start watching a show on your Apple TV and finish watching it on iPad, or vice versa.
Add a movie, TV show, or sports event to Up Next
On the Watch Now screen in the Apple TV app , select an item to see its rating, description, available viewing options, and purchase or rental information.
Select Add to Up Next.
A notification appears confirming that the item has been added.
Remove an item from Up Next
Do either of the following: