So we're not going to be able to download 4K movies?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by imahawki, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    I believe I've read that you will not be able to download the 4K version of movie to your computer. That seems like a terrible decision in the days of data caps. Especially for a movie your kids might watch.
  2. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    Can you download 4k versions of movies anywhere? It's probably a rights issue, also the files will eat up huge amounts of storage space in no time.
  3. jojoskinner2000 macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2006
    Can you download to the 4k Apple TV? Does anyone know the file size?
  4. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I can sort of understand the rights issue (I don't agree with it though as it's once again making honest people suffer for the actions of others), but IMO storage space requirements aren't a valid reason to block downloads

    It's not for Apple or anyone else to dictate how people use their storage space and not everyone is space constrained (I've got 20TB of disk storage across 3 NAS devices so it wouldn't be an issue for me)

    I like to watch movies more than once and would absolutely prefer to be able to download a local copy.

    Also, even though I have decent uncapped internet, I'd much prefer to download a bunch of movies overnight while my internet connection is say idle than stream at peak times and for people who are still on internet less than the 25mb minimum requirement for streaming, 4K becomes an impossible dream without being able to download beforehand
  5. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    I was wondering if we would be able to play 4K movies from iTunes on a 4K or 5K iMac. So far though I'm only seeing 1080p movies in iTunes as available to download (even in the 4K section).
  6. nadaclue macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    When I purchased my 4k tv (samsung) I also purchased a hard drive that plugged into a usb port and the drive had around 10 4k movies on it and you could purchase additional 4k movies and download it on to the drive. So yes.
  7. AidenL macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2013
    Is that definite that we can’t download? Only stream in 4K?

    If so, I’ll have to return mine, as my connection is too slow to stream 4K.
  8. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    Rights issue probably, but it'll pan out..... it was less of an issue with 1080p content remember. If its the same tech protecting 4K movies as is with 1080p, there is really no other reason not to allow it.
  9. KiwiAdventure Suspended

    Dec 7, 2010
    New Zealand
    Buy a second Apple TV 4k for your children. When are children going to worry about 4k

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