Apple just released the new TV app following the unveiling event back in March. The new app comes with a new UI and a bunch of new features. One of the biggest changes coming to the new TV app lies in Channels, a cool feature that lets you subscribe to popular services like HBO, Showtime, and Starz within the app.
The coolest part is that you now can download favorite movies and TV shows for offline watching. This is what sets the TV app apart from its rivals out there like HBO Go or HBO Now.
In this section below, we will walk you through the steps to download shows on the Apple TV app for offline viewing. Before we proceed, make sure your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 12.3 or later.
How to subscribe to a service through Apple’s new TV app
For some background, Apple revamped the UI within the TV app, making it smarter and more visually appealing. The Watch Now section now acts as a home page where you can find all the TV shows and movies you actually want to watch.
There are several rows for you to explore, including For You, Up Next, What to Watch, Trending. There is also a section for your favorite channels like HBO, ShowTime, or Cinemax.
Step one: Click on HBO and you will be offered a free trial. Hit the Try It Free button and you will be presented with how you want to authenticate your purchase (Touch ID, Face ID, and passcode).
Step two: Follow the instructions to complete the registration.
The coolest part is that there is no need for a new account or visits to HBO’s own website. It’s all done through the TV app. Plus, your subscription works for up to six family members using their own Apple ID and passwords thanks to family sharing. This means what they actually watch won’t affect what you watch.
How to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing on the TV app
You now can download and watch hundreds of movies and shows even when you are offline. All you need to do is to navigate to Available Apple TV channels and select HBO or ShowTime. However, you can use the Search tool to quickly find and download your movies and shows.
Step one: Launch the Apple TV app on your iPhone or iPad and then tap on the Search icon at the bottom right corner
Step two: Input the name of the series or movie you want to download. On the next screen, select the episode you wish to watch and hit the Download button.
To play your downloaded episode, tap Library at the bottom, then select Downloaded from the list. Here, you will find all the movies and shows you have downloaded.
To delete an episode, just simply swipe left on the episode you downloaded and hit the Delete button.
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