Apple TV+ May Support ‘Limited’ Video Downloads for Offline Viewing

The folks over at MacRumors have dug up some new details regarding the forthcoming Apple TV+ subscription service in the most recent betas of macOS Catalina, including the fact that subscribers may be able to download TV show episodes for offline viewing, albeit with certain limitations.

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For those who aren’t aware, Apple is aiming to compete with the likes of Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video with Apple TV+, a new subscription-based TV streaming service featuring original TV shows and movies funded by Apple. The company has already nabbed some big-names for creating original content for Apple TV+, including Steven Spielberg, Oprah, and J.J. Abrams.

According to the source, Apple TV+ subscribers may face different limits on downloading and streaming content simultaneously on multiple devices based on the type of their subscription, family sharing configuration, or registered devices.

For example, if a user tries to download the same video on multiple devices, the Apple TV app will inform them that “To download this episode of ‘The Morning Show’, delete it from another device and try again,” for example.

If the user reaches the total download limit they will see a message that says “You have reached your limit of [preset number of] downloads.” If the user downloads the same video too many times they will see a message like “Download Limit reached for ‘The Morning Show’ Season 1 Episode 1.”

The service is expected to debut in November for $9.99 USD per month, suggesting its Canadian pricing will be in the range of $9.99 CAD to $13 CAD per month.