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dmm219
Sep 2, 2010, 01:15 PM
...anyone else notice the fine print in iTunes under the new HD tv show rental section? EVERY OTHER APPLE DEVICE will have access to .99 tv shows...the lone exclusion is, yet guessed it...ATV gen 1 owners...

way to screw us all over again and again apple...



Rooskibar03
Sep 2, 2010, 01:22 PM
...anyone else notice the fine print in iTunes under the new HD tv show rental section? EVERY OTHER APPLE DEVICE will have access to .99 tv shows...the lone exclusion is, yet guessed it...ATV gen 1 owners...

way to screw us all over again and again apple...

If that's true I am really disappointed

FreeState
Sep 2, 2010, 01:22 PM
...anyone else notice the fine print in iTunes under the new HD tv show rental section? EVERY OTHER APPLE DEVICE will have access to .99 tv shows...the lone exclusion is, yet guessed it...ATV gen 1 owners...

way to screw us all over again and again apple...

Does that mean you cant rent them from the AppleTV or you can't stream them from a computer to AppleTV or both?

Fantasy Guy
Sep 2, 2010, 01:45 PM
...anyone else notice the fine print in iTunes under the new HD tv show rental section? EVERY OTHER APPLE DEVICE will have access to .99 tv shows...the lone exclusion is, yet guessed it...ATV gen 1 owners...

way to screw us all over again and again apple...

Do you have a link to this?

dmm219
Sep 2, 2010, 02:22 PM
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/tvRentalsLearnMorePage

Quote:

"Rent TV episodes from top TV shows on the Itunes store, and watch them on your computer, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Apple TV (2nd generation). Each episode is only 99 cents."

yoda13
Sep 2, 2010, 02:33 PM
I read in another thread that the differences in hardware make it impossible, but I don't know that for a fact...just what I read...but otherwise, why not do it?:(

dmm219
Sep 2, 2010, 03:08 PM
I read in another thread that the differences in hardware make it impossible, but I don't know that for a fact...just what I read...but otherwise, why not do it?:(

Thats BS. There is no reason they can't simply adjust payment methods to accomplish it. The ATV 1st Gen is already capable of movie rentals...no reason it couldn't handle TV rentals as well.

I could see that being a valid reason for no netflix...but lack of .99 tv shows is simply a slap in the face by Apple.

TheBritishBloke
Sep 2, 2010, 04:28 PM
Thats BS. There is no reason they can't simply adjust payment methods to accomplish it. The ATV 1st Gen is already capable of movie rentals...no reason it couldn't handle TV rentals as well.

I could see that being a valid reason for no netflix...but lack of .99 tv shows is simply a slap in the face by Apple.

Two reasons they could have done this:

1. To make you buy the 2nd gen.
2. Because (to my knowledge) the 1st gen only has 802.11g so streaming might be slower if you want to watch it faster, whereas a movie you can wait because it's longer...

nottooshabby
Sep 2, 2010, 05:59 PM
Two reasons they could have done this:

1. To make you buy the 2nd gen.
2. Because (to my knowledge) the 1st gen only has 802.11g so streaming might be slower if you want to watch it faster, whereas a movie you can wait because it's longer...

1st gen apple tv has 802.11n

mhdena
Sep 2, 2010, 06:56 PM
Thank God I didn't buy my 2 atvs to rent tv shows, whew!!

Non issue to me, I have a 4 tuner HD DVR :p

solideliquid
Sep 2, 2010, 11:28 PM
I just downloaded the pilot episode of Scrubs S1 for .99 but it won't let me download it to the AppleTV (gen1).

Awesome.

Phantom Gremlin
Sep 6, 2010, 07:28 PM
Two reasons they could have done this:

1. To make you buy the 2nd gen.
2. Because (to my knowledge) the 1st gen only has 802.11g so streaming might be slower if you want to watch it faster, whereas a movie you can wait because it's longer...

IMO there's a third reason, which is probably the correct explanation:

3. Hardware incompatibility. The old Apple TV can only do 720p 24fps, while the new Apple TV can do 720p 30fps. A lot of TV is video based, and so is 30fps.

tmofee
Sep 6, 2010, 09:09 PM
IMO there's a third reason, which is probably the correct explanation:

3. Hardware incompatibility. The old Apple TV can only do 720p 24fps, while the new Apple TV can do 720p 30fps. A lot of TV is video based, and so is 30fps.

Any television show you purchase in the store now works fine and dandy. I'm sure there's no file format differences between a tv show from iTunes that you own or rent.

CyberBob859
Sep 6, 2010, 09:37 PM
IMO there's a third reason, which is probably the correct explanation:

3. Hardware incompatibility. The old Apple TV can only do 720p 24fps, while the new Apple TV can do 720p 30fps. A lot of TV is video based, and so is 30fps.

Does this mean that my videos I encoded to work on gen 1 :apple:TV won't work on gen 2?

sbrage2000
Sep 6, 2010, 09:49 PM
Two reasons they could have done this:
1. To make you buy the 2nd gen.


This. It's the foundation of Apple's marketing strategy.

paduck
Sep 6, 2010, 10:08 PM
I just downloaded the pilot episode of Scrubs S1 for .99 but it won't let me download it to the AppleTV (gen1).

Awesome.

If you can't sync it to the AppleTV, can you stream it from iTunes? I've never tried that, not sure if it would work normally or if it defeats the purpose of Apple's rental scheme.

jaw04005
Sep 6, 2010, 10:19 PM
All it would require is a firmware update just like the iPhone and iPad. Apparently, they’re absolutely done working on the first generation Apple TV.