Apple's 4K Movies Are For Streaming Only, Not Download

23 September, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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But in a way, that's the point.

With that in mind, here are four streaming video apps you're going to want to download right away for your new iPhone.

The reason for Apple's decision to restrict users from downloading 4K content is still not clear.

It's worth noting that alternatives to Apple TV are cheaper and equally capable at a basic level. Movies can be rewatched as many times as you'd like - or can fit in - during the 48-hour window. After you start watching the movie, you have 48 hours to finish it.

Apple's embrace of 4K is significant, despite the fact that Roku, Amazon and other rivals beat Apple to that milestone.

HDR content spans across the company's original TV show, popular movies and documentaries.

HDR/HDR10 videos have a broader range of colors and luminance.

But is the Apple TV 4K really a nice upgrade? Your couch needs to close enough to the screen to see the difference. Just say something like "Show me movies in 4K", and Siri delivers. Aside from being able to watch shows, such as American Gods and Man in the High Castle, on your swanky new phone, Amazon Prime Video has the optional, Kindle-inspired "x-ray" feature that will tell you which actors are in the scene you're now watching - including blink-and you'll-miss-'em bit players - and even point out continuity gaffes and the like.


Fortunately, Apple isn't making you choose now.

However, some HD files will still include HDR and Dolby Vision.

There is a fair amount of 4K offerings available. The pixel density is greater than HD video (1080p).

Lots of people were peeved at how the music industry tried to get them to repurchase the same songs on cassette tapes, CDs and then digital files. Instead, your device automatically plays the highest-quality version of that video that it can. "Given that that was one of the major complaints about the last remote, it's a good thing Apple came up with some sort of fix". That only applies to iTunes, though. And at a starting price of $179, is the Apple TV 4K a worthy buy?

Apple also stated in the support document that a minimum internet speed of 25mbps will be required to stream 4K videos in full quality. Even the upcoming iPhone X falls short in that respect.

CNET also had some positive and negative feedback on the new Apple TV, but ultimately gave the new product an overall rating of 8.5 predicated on its display, features and performance.

With the embargo on Apple TV reviews lifted, a number of publications earlier today published their first impressions of the device. Selection isn't as robust as the likes of App Store on iOS devices, and the remote experience simplifies what you can (and can't) do on Apple TV.

Apple has also put quite a bit of work into its integration with other devices. Numerous streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon, have a library of 4K content that pops nicely with the Apple TV 4K.

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