Enlarge / The fourth-generation Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)
Apple announced the arrival of more 4K content to iTunes when it introduced the new Apple TV 4K last week. However, those who purchase the new set-top box will be limited in how they can enjoy 4K titles.
According to an Apple support document, 4K content from iTunes can only be streamed, not downloaded directly to a device.
“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 support document states.
It appears the only guarantee customers have is downloading an HD copy of purchased movies to their devices.
Apple also announced last week that it will upgrade customers’ previous purchases to 4K free of charge.
But, judging by this support document, you won’t be able to download the 4K version of the titles you already purchased—only the HD versions.
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