4K titles on iTunes can only be streamed, not downloaded

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Enlarge / The fourth-generation Apple TV.

Apple introduced the arrival of extra 4K content material to iTunes when it launched the brand new Apple TV 4K final week. However, those that buy the brand new set-top field will likely be restricted in how they will take pleasure in 4K titles. According to an Apple assist doc, 4K content material from iTunes can solely be streamed, not downloaded on to a tool.

“You can download a local copy of an HD movie, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions, but you can’t download a 4K version,” the assist doc states.

It seems the one assure prospects have is downloading an HD copy of bought films to their units. Apple additionally introduced final week that it’ll improve prospects’ earlier purchases to 4K freed from cost. But, judging by this assist doc, you will not be capable to obtain the 4K model of the titles you already bought—solely the HD variations.

While the assist doc does not provide an evidence for this restriction, it is doubtless resulting from native storage capacities, as 4K films are available at round 100GB. The new Apple TV 4K is available in 32GB and 64GB storage configurations. While these capacities must be nice for downloading video games, apps, and a few HD titles, there’s little room for a whole 4K movie. Apple is promoting 4K content material on iTunes on the identical value as HD content material, so it is also doable that the corporate made offers with film studios that included a restriction on 4K downloads.

In addition to iTunes, the Apple TV 4K helps 4K streaming from Netflix and different streaming providers. Later this 12 months, Apple plans to incorporate Amazon Prime Video on its set-top field, and it’ll assist 4K content material from that service as effectively. However, it does not at present assist 4K video from YouTube. The Apple TV 4K solely helps H.264, HEVC (H.265), and MP4 video codecs for streaming and 4K movies on YouTube are streamed within the VP9 format, which is not supported by the brand new system.


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