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Apple tv / itunes has crippled tv rentals

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by tmofee, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    I just noticed this the other night, but for some reason apple have decided to limit television rentals to itunes and ios 4.1 products. What does this mean? Well, even though the transfer movie rentals work fine and dandy on the older apple tvs, you aren't allowed to transfer tv shows onto the old models!

    Not only that, you won't be able to transfer tv rentals to your iPad until November.

    Why would they do something stupid like this? I can understand there might be technical limitations to the netfllix streaming or something newer down the track, but rentals is a proven tech that already works on older apple tvs. I just don't get it.
  2. macrumors 68030


    My wife was going to start renting some TV shows on our older AppleTV this weekend but couldn't figure it out.

    I saw that it was available in iTunes. Is it simply not possible to view these rented shows on the new AppleTV? Or is it a matter of doing something manually that should be simple?
  3. macrumors regular

    The new apple tv when it comes out will be running on ios4.1 . So they'll be able to watch rented tv. From what I know, the older models have completely different software.

    So at the moment it's not a big thing with the whole handful of tv shows available, but it just seems silly to me, maybe its a tv studio request or something
  4. macrumors regular

  5. macrumors 68030


    I think it's just the fact that Apple can't be bothered to update the software for your devices, they've given you free updates for many years, they want you to upgrade.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Seems silly to me as apple must surely make a bit of money out of the rentals. I know there arn't a huge amount of appletv's about but those of us using the originals are surely the hardcore! We would love this service.
  7. macrumors 6502

    it is very doubtful you will ever see tv rentals on the old ATV...Apple needs there to be SOME reason for you to upgrade to an inferior machine...

    i'll stick with purchases on my old ATV thank you...
  8. macrumors 68020

    no, the apple tv is running it's own OS.

    to watch from your iOS device (iphone, ipod touch) you must be running 4.1

    apple's KB on this (link) doesn't seem to mention the appletv at all,
  9. macrumors 6502

    These same devices they were selling up until last week?
  10. macrumors regular

    30 Hz capability needed

    I don't think the "crippling" is anything sinister. It's because sitcoms etc are shot on video, so they need 30 Hz playback. The old Apple TV will only do 720p at 24 Hz.
  11. macrumors 68000

    I don't think that asking for Apple to release a MINOR update that enables viewing of TV shows we paid for on 1st gen Apple TVs is too much. It's not even that big of a deal to me, tbh, but it would be nice.
  12. macrumors regular

    Normal tv shows that you buy are playable on the old apple tv now. That's how i have been watching true blood at the moment
  13. macrumors regular

    Are yu sure abiut that? Im sure I read somewhere that the newer apple tvs will be running ios. Make sense.

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