Apple only allows streaming, not download, of upgraded 4K movies

Mindy Sparks
September 22, 2017

The tech publication boldly claimed the Apple TV 4K has the "best streaming video available to compatible 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision TVs". Apple TV 4K starts at $179 for 32GB variant and $199 for the 64GB variant in the US. While HDR and Dolby Vision movies will be available for download, 4K movies will remain limited to streaming. Later this year, Apple plans to include Amazon Prime Video on its set-top box, and it will support 4K content from that service as well. Viewing the show in HDR, I was able to tell that her outfit was champagne-colored, whereas it looked blandly white in the non-HDR stream.

HD videos feature a higher-quality picture than SD videos.

There is a fair amount of 4K offerings available.

The lack of YouTube 4K comes down to the fact that Apple doesn't support the VP9 video coding format in either the TV or Safari browsers both mobile and Mac.

As more and more content transitions to 4K, you will be able to see more of your favorite entertainment in stunning 4K.

The new box has a new chip at its heart, which improves performance overall. Practically speaking, it means that navigation is zippy, as are Siri queries.

You've got yourself a fancy 4K TV, now it's time to get some 4K content on that bad boy.

There are other, smaller upgrades, as well. All applications and software used on the previously owned Apple TV will be automatically installed. If your home connection speeds are consistently below 25 Mbps, you may not want to invest in the new Apple TV. Given that rival devices are cheaper, what you're buying isn't the device, but an experience — integration and syncing with all your other Apple gadgets. That way, you don't have to redownload everything to a new box.

Most people still don't have 4K TVs, so the new Apple TV model doesn't offer them much.

It's very likely that Apple put this restriction on downloading 4K iTunes movies as part of its deal with Hollywood studios.

If you don't? Well, it's not as compelling a sell. Now, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching your rental.

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