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Renting movies in iTunes for more flexibility

Apple provides the ability to rent movies from the iTunes Store directly on any iOS device or the Apple TV, but you may not realize that not only can you rent a movie directly using iTunes on your computer, but that doing so actually gives you more options on where to watch it.  On any recent model iOS device, renting a movie directly on your device forces you to watch it only on that device—it can’t be moved or transferred elsewhere, although you can stream it to an Apple TV via AirPlay; similarly, renting a movie directly on your Apple TV will allow you to watch it on any Apple TV connected to the same iTunes Store account, but it can’t be transferred to an iPad or iPhone if you decide you want to watch it while travelling instead.  By comparison, renting a movie directly on your computer in iTunes bypasses these limitations—you can easily stream a rented movie to an Apple TV or move it to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

You can rent movies in iTunes the same way that you would purchase content, and the same time restrictions apply. If you have any rented movies in your iTunes library, a new “Rentals” section will appear under Movies both in iTunes and on your Apple TV, and new options will show up in your device sync settings to allow you to transfer those movies to or from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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This is a great tip and something that should be clearer.

Posted by choiceweb in Toronto on June 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM (CDT)


There’s absolutely vital info missing from this tip though.  Whilst the information is correct there’s a major caveat.  If you transfer a rented movie from your computer to your ipad etc you need an internet connection to start watching it on your ipad.  You only need the connection to start the viewing, not for the whole I believe but good luck doing that if you’ve loaded up your ipad for a long place journey.  You’ll be very disappointed.  But, however, if you rent the movie directly on your ipad you don’t need a net connection to start watching.

Posted by Jamie in Toronto on May 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM (CDT)

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