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

23 September 2017

At one point, if you rented a movie on Apple TV, you couldn't also watch that movie on your iOS device like an iPhone or iPad. While HDR and Dolby Vision movies will be available for download, 4K movies will remain limited to streaming. Apple also announced last week that it will upgrade customers' previous purchases to 4K free of charge. Dolby Atmos support was missing, however, making potential buyers a little unhappy, given the $179 starting price tag of the Apple TV 4K. As the name suggests, Apple TV 4K shows videos in 4K resolution. Apple is selling 4K content on iTunes at the same price as HD content, so it's also possible that the company made deals with movie studios that included a restriction on 4K downloads. However, he still found it hard to overcome the set-top box's lofty price tag.

But, CNET found the new Apple TV to be too expensive and considered competitors including Roku to have more bang for their buck, based on image qualities.

The Apple TV 4K fits right into your Apple ecosystem. He was impressed by its "easy-to-use interface" and thought its hefty helping of third-party apps boosts its appeal.

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As more and more content transitions to 4K, you will be able to see more of your favorite entertainment in stunning 4K. "It has the same A10X Fusion chip as the iPad Pro in it, which means it's as powerful as some laptops". The Apple TV remote received a subtle but useful redesign that added a textured ring to the menu button.

While some users might not be put off by the restrictions, most Apple fans will likely be disappointed by the next bit of bad news: the Apple TV 4K can't play YouTube's 4K videos. "That lets you know when you're holding the remote correctly without actually looking at it", he wrote. The Apple TV (4th generation) 32GB variant now costs Rs 12,900.

But, because it's Apple, this 4K version has its own particular flair. If it's lower than that, Apple devices will automatically lower the quality.

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