'Castle Rock': How to Watch It for Free on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad

The series premiered on Hulu on Wednesday.

by Josie Rhodes Cook

The new Hulu series Castle Rock premiered Wednesday, and Apple offered a surprising treat to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV: Apple is offering the premiere episode of the series for free on the Apple TV app, and it was made available to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users in the United States on Wednesday, July 25.

Stephen King fans who also own an iPhone can now gloat to all their friends about their great fortune: The premiere episode of Castle Rock will be available for free on the Apple TV app exclusively for two weeks.

The series is set in a town of the same name, named for a fort in Lord of the Flies, and it first showed up in King’s 1979 novel The Dead Zone. Castle Rock is set in the present day, and King fans have been pumped for the new series since teaser trailers for the show were released in 2017.

No Hulu Account Needed

The King-inspired original series, from executive producer J.J. Abrams, is available to Apple TV users on the Apple TV App with no Hulu subscription necessary, Variety reports. In fact, this is the first time Apple has debuted a new series before any paywalls in the app, Mac Rumors reports.

The first three episodes of Castle Rock appeared on Hulu on Wednesday, and future episodes will hit the streaming service every following Wednesday.

How Do I Watch It?

Watching the premiere episode of Castle Rock for free is super easy if you have the Apple TV app. The episode launched already, and it’s available to watch right now for anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

All you have to do is open up your Apple TV app, find Castle Rock, and start watching, no Hulu subscription necessary. I have access to it on Hulu as of Wednesday evening, but that’s after paying for the subscription, so it’s not an exciting freebie.

Castle Rock


In two weeks, you’ll need a subscription to Hulu to watch the premiere and future episodes. So if you have Apple TV, you should probably check out the first episode now, for free, while you have the chance, lest you squander this amazing TV-watching opportunity.

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