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By Dan Moren

Free Apple TV+ subscriptions officially extended to Feb. 2021

Note: This story has not been updated since 2020.

As rumored, Apple has extended the free subscriptions it handed out to its TV+ streaming service until February. I, and other subscribers, received the following email this morning:

AppleTV+ Extension

We’re giving you extra time to discover the latest Apple Originals and catch up on shows returning for a second season. You don’t have to do anything — just keep watching for free until February 2021.

While Apple didn’t explain the rationale behind the extension, it’s widely believed that it’s because the second seasons of many of its debut launch shows—which were expected to premiere around now—have been pushed back until later in the year or early next year.

Apple’s still offering free year-long subscriptions to TV+ for those who buy a new Apple device (though it continues to enforce a limit of one per family group). One remaining question is exactly how this will come into play with the soon-to-launch Apple One bundle that includes TV+ service.

The company also announced at its event this week that purchasers of new Apple devices will receive three months free of the company’s game service, Apple Arcade.

[Dan Moren is the East Coast Bureau Chief of Six Colors. You can find him on Mastodon at or reach him by email at His latest novel, the supernatural detective story All Souls Lost, is out now.]

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