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If you’re fortunate enough to get your hands on one of Sony’s new PlayStation 5 consoles, you’ll also now be able to snag a free six months of Apple TV+, thanks to a new special offer for PS5 owners.
It seems that Sony and Apple have teamed up to give a free six-month “trial” to the Apple TV+ streaming service for those who own any PlayStation 5 model, which means owners of both the digital and disc versions are eligible.
The move is undoubtedly at least partially tied to the debut of the Apple TV app on the PS5 last fall, but what’s noteworthy is that it’s not just for new Apple TV+ subscribers — you can cash in on your free six months even if you’re already paying for Apple TV+ on a monthly basis.
The only catch is that this deal isn’t available to anybody who is getting Apple TV+ as part of an Apple One bundle.
The offer simply gives you an Apple TV+ subscription without charging you for it, and Apple doesn’t really offer any way to break the service out of an Apple One bundle, and it’s obviously not willing to issue Apple TV+ store credits for this offer.
This latest offer comes at a fairly opportune time, since Apple quietly announced last month that its one-year free Apple TV+ offers would come to an end on June 30. While Apple now offers three months of free service with the purchase of any eligible new Apple device, this Sony offer is a much better deal — especially if you already own a PS5, or you’re thinking of getting one.
It’s unclear whether you’ll be able to stack this on top of any free Apple TV+ offers you’re already on. In its FAQ, Sony does say that “If you have a current Apple TV+ free trial or are already subscribed, you can redeem this offer,” but the terms also say that it “May not be combined with other offers providing access to Apple TV+.”
So, we’re unsure whether signing up now will add six months to an existing free trial or not, but since you have until July 22, 2022 to sign up, you can also simply wait until your free year (or three months) of Apple TV+ has ended, and then opt in to Sony’s PS5 offer to extend that for another six months.
In fact, the timing could be almost perfect for some folks, since anybody who was eligible for Apple’s free year of Apple TV+ could still redeem that full year as long as they did it before June 30. This means that anybody who purchased a new Apple device this past spring — such as one of the new iPad Pro or iMac models — can now potentially get Apple TV+ for free until the end of 2022 with their PS5.
How to Get Six Months of Apple TV+ Free with Your PlayStation 5
According to Sony’s offer page, you’ll need to download the Apple TV app using your PlayStation network account through PS5 Media home, and make sure you have an Apple ID with a payment method on file. Once you’ve done that, you can simply open up the Apple TV app and sign in with your Apple ID:
- Find the Apple TV app from your PS5 console’s search bar, or find it under “All apps” in Media home.
- Download and open the Apple TV app and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Sign in with your Apple ID or create an Apple ID if you don’t already have one.
Although you’ll need to sign up from the Apple TV app on your PS5 to redeem the extended trial, once you’ve done this you’ll be able to watch Apple TV+ content on any device that supports the Apple TV app. This includes your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, as well as any number of other smart TVs or set-top boxes.
As with most such free trial offers, you’ll start getting charged $4.99/month beginning in the seventh month after you sign up, unless of course you cancel your subscription before then.
There’s also naturally a limit of one redemption per PS5 console, per Apple TV+ subscriber. However, while you won’t really be able to use this offer more than once, you can wait to sign up for it until after any Apple TV+ extended trials are over.
There’s no time limit based on the purchase date of your PS5 — every PS5 owner is eligible to opt in until July 22, 2022 regardless of whether you’ve owned your console since last fall or you haven’t even bought one yet.