1 HD movie purchase = 4 HD movie rentals

Discussion in 'iPod' started by bohbot16, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    I've been looking at the price structure of HD movies from iTunes. As far as I can tell, it's only worth buying a movie if you're going to watch it 5 times or more.

    I have only had an AppleTV for a few months, so I though I'd ask about rental availability. Once Apple has a movie available to rent, is it available to rent indefinitely? Do movies eventually become purchase only? Although HD movie sales are new, I'm guessing that there is some historical information from SD sales and rentals.
  2. macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    If I'm not mistaken, you get 24hrs after you've first started your movie.
  3. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    48 hours here. :D
  4. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I have only rented one movie on iTunes. I prefer to buy them instead so I can watch them again. Yes, I have some movies I've probably watched 100+ times easily.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Same, only because of crap internet speeds :(
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    I probably wasn't clear enough. I was assuming that you would decide to watch the movie and then complete watching it within the rental period.

    What I'm wondering about is the next time I'm interested in watching the same movie. Would I be able to go to my AppleTV months from now and rent the same movie? Would it still be available for rent? Would Apple change its availability to "purchase only"?

    I know you guys can't predict the future, but I'm guessing that there's some historical data.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    Once you purchase a movie, you have a set number of hours from the time you press 'play' to watch it. You can watch it within this space as many times as possible. Restart as much as you like. Fast forward. Rewind. Whatever.

    If you then want to watch it again, you will have to re-rent or purchase it outright.

    The only way I can see this becoming a problem is when the studios and Apple remove a movie from either the rental or purchase category - which they do.

    One week a movie is available for rent only, then its rent and purchase, or even just purchase. Some are available rental only.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    That's what I was concerned about. Although I think the 24 hour rental period should be more like 72 hours, I don't mind re-renting a movie if I want to watch it a month later. I just hope that renting is still an option a month later.
  9. macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2008
    AFAIK Apple/Studios has removed Movies from the iTunes Store.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    i never buy movies. Do i watch them more then 5 times? nope... more than 2 times? nope. just isn't practical. I also dont like going to the theater to watch movies either unless it is IMAX.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010

    You have 30 days to click "play" on the movie. Once you click play however, you have simply 24 hours. It sucks.

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