Download and watch HD video

You can download and watch high-definition (HD) videos that you buy or rent from the iTunes Store on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and computers with high-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)-compatible components.

HD videos feature a higher-quality picture than standard definition (SD) videos. In the iTunes Store, HD content is offered in either 720p or 1080p. See if your device can play 720p or 1080p videos by checking the tech specs for your Apple product.

To buy, rent, download, and watch HD content from the iTunes Store on your computer, make sure that you have the latest versions of iTunes and macOS.

If you're using a PC or an external monitor, you'll need a display that supports HDCP with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher with a digital connection (DVI, DisplayPort, or HDMI). Also make sure that you've installed all updates for your computer.

Stream HD videos

If you buy a movie or TV show from the iTunes Store, you can stream it on the device that you bought it on and any of your other devices, as long as you're signed in with the same Apple ID.

Your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV will automatically stream the best available quality of video.

Download content in 1080p

You can download 1080p HD content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or on a Mac or PC.

Download content in 1080p on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the iTunes Store app.
  2. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Search for the movie or TV show that you want to buy, then tap it.
  4. Tap the Buy button to buy and download the item.

Download content in 1080p on Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click the Store tab at the top of the iTunes window.
  3. Search for the movie or TV show that you want to buy, then click it.
  4. Click the Buy button to buy and download the item.

Depending on your computer, you might not be able to buy, rent, or play content in 1080p. If you see a message that reads "This computer may not be able to play 1080p videos. You can still download these videos for use on other devices," 1080p content won't play on your computer.

Automatically download 1080p content on Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose iTunes > Preferences.
    PC: From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Preferences.
  3. Click the Downloads tab.
  4. Select "Download full-size HD videos." 
  5. Click OK. 

The next time that you purchase and download a video from the iTunes Store that's available in 1080p, it downloads in 1080p.

Download SD content

If your device or computer doesn't support HD videos, you can download SD video instead.

Download SD content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the iTunes Store app.
  2. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Search for the movie or TV show that you want to buy, then tap it.
  4. At the bottom of the movie or TV show's details page, tap "Also Available in SD" to switch to the movie or TV show's SD details page.
  5. Tap the Buy button to buy and download the item.

Download SD content on your Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes on a Mac or PC.
  2. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > Purchased. If you're a member of a Family Sharing group, you might see Family Purchases instead of Purchased.
  4. Depending on what you want to redownload, click Movies or TV Shows in the upper-right corner of the iTunes window.
  5. Click "Not in My Library" to view purchased content that isn't on your computer.
  6. At the bottom if the iTunes window, deselect Download HD When Available.
  7. Find the movie or TV show that you want to download, then click iCloud download icon in the upper-right corner. The movie or TV show downloads to your library.

Learn more about how to redownload past purchases.

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