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Published on December 20th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


First on BATV: MasterClass expert learning debuts on Apple TV

The online training service MasterClass has released its tvOS app, letting students access tutorials and lectures pre-recorded by celebrities and experts in various fields. The app became available on the Apple TV App Store over the weekend.

MasterClass has detailed video courses from more than 50 well-known individuals acting as instructors with the average class lasting 2.5 hours. Topics include learning electric guitar from Grammy-winning musician Tom Morello to wine appreciation with wine expert James Suckling to filmmaking with Ken Burns to learning economics and society from Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

The courses can be bought individually or purchased for complete access for $180 a year.

MasterClass also announced Thursday its first-ever video game design class with The Sims creator Will Wright. Wright will cover methods and strategies he has implemented over the years to create his imaginative games, including how to generate new concepts, create game mechanics and interactions, and build emergence into games, as well as player psychology and mental modeling. 

New scheduled courses for 2019 include acting and directing with Jodie Foster and acting with Natalie Portman.

Purchases or subscriptions are billed through a users iTunes account.

MasterClass was founded in 2015 by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen. 

MasterClass’ current roster of courses include:

Culinary Arts: Gordon Ramsay (cooking), Alice Waters (home cooking), Thomas Keller (cooking techniques), Wolfgang Puck (cooking), Dominique Ansel (French pastry), James Suckling (wine appreciation)

Film and Television: Werner Herzog (filmmaking), Martin Scorsese (filmmaking), Ron Howard (directing), Helen Mirren (acting), Samuel L. Jackson (acting), Judd Apatow (comedy), Spike Lee (filmmaking), Ken Burns (documentary filmmaking), Mira Nair (independent filmmaking)

Music and Entertainment: Armin van Buuren (dance music), Christina Aguilera (singing), Usher (performance), Reba McEntire (country music), Herbie Hancock (jazz), Deadmau5 (music production), Hans Zimmer (film scoring), Steve Martin (comedy), Tom Morello (electric guitar), Carlos Santana (art and soul of guitar)

Writing: James Patterson (writing), Aaron Sorkin (screenwriting), Shonda Rhimes (writing for television), David Mamet (dramatic writing), Judy Blume (writing), Malcolm Gladwell (writing), RL Stine (writing for young audiences), Margaret Atwood (creative writing), Dan Brown (writing thrillers)

Photography: Annie Leibovitz (photography), Jimmy Chin (adventure photography) 

Design and Fashion: Frank Gehry (architecture), Diane von Furstenberg (how to build a fashion brand), Marc Jacobs (fashion design)

Sports and Games: Serena Williams (tennis), Stephen Curry (shooting, ball-handling, and scoring), Garry Kasparov (chess), Daniel Negreanu (poker)

Politics and Society: Jane Goodall (conservation), Bob Woodward (investigative journalism), Karl Rove and David Axelrod (political campaign strategy), Paul Krugman (economics and society)

Science and Technology: Chris Hadfield (space exploration), Will Wright (game design)

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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