How to download shows on the Apple TV app for offline viewing on iPhone and iPad
Added 05-14-19 12:15:02pm EST - “The new Apple TV app lets you watch 'Game of Thrones' even if you don't have an internet connection. We show you how to sign up, download episodes, and delete them.” - Macworld.com
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The Channels feature in the redesigned Apple TV app is cool because it lets you sign up for services like HBO without using another app, and it also lets you download movies and TV episodes for offline viewing on your iPhone or iPad. This has long been a feature on dedicate apps for services such as Showtime and Stars, but it’s remarkable in this case because HBO has never allowed it for HBO Go or HBO Now.
The timing couldn’t be better. Apple dropped the new feature just in time for the series finale of Game of Thrones, which means you can use the Apple TV app to catch up on episodes while you’re on train commute rides with spotty connections or on long flights.
First, let’s do a quick rundown on how to subscribe to these services in the first place. If you’re already subscribed to an external service like HBO Now, keep in mind that you’ll have to sign up separately for it through the Apple TV app if you want to download episodes. You can try it out for a week to see if you like it, and then you need to decide if you should cancel your regular HBO Now subscription or stick with Apple TV.
One big drawback of sticking with HBO on the Apple TV app is that you won’t be able to access your Apple TV version of the subscription through the HBO Now app on other devices, so you’ll have to watch it on iOS devices, the Apple TV proper, and recent Samsung TVs. (A Mac version of the app is expected sometime later in the year.)
Once you’ve upgraded your device to iOS 12.3, open the Apple TV app. You should be in the Watch Now section by default. If you not, press Watch Now in the lower left.
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