While streaming content is vital in most households, sometimes being able to download a film, or TV show, and being able to watch it without an internet connection is important, too. After all, sometimes you just can’t access the internet from your home.
But if you’re relying on iTunes, and want to watch 4K movies without an internet connection, that is apparently not possible at this point in time. As MacRumors points out, watching 4K content via iTunes is only possible while streaming. You can still technically download movies and TV shows, but it’s only going to download the HD version.
In some instances, it may download the HD version that supports HDR, either via HDR10 or Dolby Vision, but it’s still only the HD option.
“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.”
There is apparently no statement on Apple’s part as to why this is the case. Some are hypothesizing that it could be because 4K movies, and TV shows, are huge file sizes and the Apple TV doesn’t come with a lot of built-in storage. Another reason could be licensing deals that Apple has in place, due in part to the fact that the company is offering 4K titles for the same cost as standard HD films.
Whatever the case, that’s the rub — for now, at least. Maybe it changes at some point in the future, but for now you can’t download your 4K films from iTunes.