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adversecamber
Jul 11, 2008, 01:30 PM
The idea of not having to trudge down to Blockbuster is fantastic, but the truth is far from acceptable.

I don't have Apple TV (and, as an English customer, don't really understand why I'd want it) so plugged my MBP into my HD LCD. The results were awful. It really looked like it was from the web - blocky, little detail, compressed and very little contrast. So why charge me the same as a high-quality DVD rental?!

As for the choice of films available, go and take a look and you'll agree that there's next to nothing worth watching.

I won't bother renting from iTunes again for a very long time. And when they wonder why the take-up is so slow, will they ask their customers? Pah, of course not!



DeaconGraves
Jul 11, 2008, 01:32 PM
Just curious but what type of connection did you use from MBP to TV?

northy124
Jul 11, 2008, 01:58 PM
The idea of not having to trudge down to Blockbuster is fantastic, but the truth is far from acceptable.

I don't have Apple TV (and, as an English customer, don't really understand why I'd want it) so plugged my MBP into my HD LCD. The results were awful. It really looked like it was from the web - blocky, little detail, compressed and very little contrast. So why charge me the same as a high-quality DVD rental?!

As for the choice of films available, go and take a look and you'll agree that there's next to nothing worth watching.

I won't bother renting from iTunes again for a very long time. And when they wonder why the take-up is so slow, will they ask their customers? Pah, of course not!
Another pointless thread if you had searched you'd seen this has already been covered.

Just curious but what type of connection did you use from MBP to TV?

OP might of used a DVI to DVI or DVI to HDMI cable, If the OP used DVI to VGA then he has no reason to complain as the connection is rubbish that way which gives crappy quality, I my self find them fine on a HDTV.

sandman42
Jul 11, 2008, 02:27 PM
Rentals via the :apple:TV are much better than rentals via iTunes. I'm pretty sure that rentals via iTunes are at 320x240 so that they're playable on all video capable iPods, whereas rentals via the :apple:TV (which aren't sync-able back to iTunes) are at 720x480 or 1280x720. When rentals were launched Apple made it clear that if you were planning on watching a rental on your :apple:TV you should rent from your :apple:TV, in order to get the best quality rental.

MagnusVonMagnum
Jul 12, 2008, 01:50 PM
Apple only has high definition rentals from an AppleTV currently so if you're judging ALL rentals on the fact you're trying to watch a sub-DVD resolution rental through an HD monitor, well, that's not really seeing the whole scene, so-to-speak. AppleTV's 720P rentals look fantastic on my Panasonic 720P projector and 93" screen, better than cable's HD feeds (even HDNet) in most cases. I'm sure Blu-Ray has the edge, but for my 720P projector plus convenience, AppleTV works as a rental system for me. If I want to buy movies in HD, I'll consider Blu-Ray. I watch 85% of movies just once or twice anyway. They're not like music where you tend to listen over and over again (save a few really good movies that are worth watching again and again over time at least).

adversecamber
Jul 12, 2008, 03:15 PM
Rentals via the :apple:TV are much better than rentals via iTunes. I'm pretty sure that rentals via iTunes are at 320x240 so that they're playable on all video capable iPods, whereas rentals via the :apple:TV (which aren't sync-able back to iTunes) are at 720x480 or 1280x720. When rentals were launched Apple made it clear that if you were planning on watching a rental on your :apple:TV you should rent from your :apple:TV, in order to get the best quality rental.

Ah, ok. That makes sense. Still, unfortunately for UK users, Apple TV just doesn't seem to make economic sense. I'll stick to Blockbuster.

KelchM
Jul 12, 2008, 03:39 PM
OP might of used a DVI to DVI or DVI to HDMI cable, If the OP used DVI to VGA then he has no reason to complain as the connection is rubbish that way which gives crappy quality, I my self find them fine on a HDTV.
The effect of using VGA instead of DVI on this kind of source material is going to be nil. Seriously.

megfilmworks
Jul 12, 2008, 04:04 PM
The idea of not having to trudge down to Blockbuster is fantastic, but the truth is far from acceptable.

I don't have Apple TV (and, as an English customer, don't really understand why I'd want it) so plugged my MBP into my HD LCD. The results were awful. It really looked like it was from the web - blocky, little detail, compressed and very little contrast. So why charge me the same as a high-quality DVD rental?!

As for the choice of films available, go and take a look and you'll agree that there's next to nothing worth watching.

I won't bother renting from iTunes again for a very long time. And when they wonder why the take-up is so slow, will they ask their customers? Pah, of course not!User error!! Don't blame Apple for your own lack of knowledge!
I have a 1080p 9 foot wide screen (projection); SD and HD content looks great.

northy124
Jul 12, 2008, 04:56 PM
The effect of using VGA instead of DVI on this kind of source material is going to be nil. Seriously.

Not for me any SD content rented through iTunes viewed via VGA looks crao change to DVI and it is better than DVI, Unless it is the TV.

KelchM
Jul 12, 2008, 04:58 PM
Not for me any SD content rented through iTunes viewed via VGA looks crao change to DVI and it is better than DVI, Unless it is the TV.
You must be using a different resolution or you are using a poor VGA cable/extension.

northy124
Jul 12, 2008, 05:01 PM
You must be using a different resolution or you are using a poor VGA cable/extension.

Well whatever VGA sucks, DVI is the best is how I see it but drop it now as the OP isn't on about this.

KelchM
Jul 12, 2008, 05:03 PM
Well whatever VGA sucks, DVI is the best is how I see it but drop it now as the OP isn't on about this.

Quite honestly, you don't know what you are talking about. DVI is better than VGA, but in no way does VGA 'suck'.

northy124
Jul 12, 2008, 05:07 PM
Quite honestly, you don't know what you are talking about. DVI is better than VGA, but in no way does VGA 'suck'.

Jeez shut up this is going of-topic and I was basing it on my own experiences not anyone else's and I do know what I'm talking about.