Are iTunes Movies Streamed?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iMacGuru, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie


    Aug 18, 2009
    I just rented the weekly movie Bank Job for $0.99. It took over 10 hours to download! I thought that iTune movies are streamed. Netflix and Hulu Plus both stream movies.:confused:
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    Central Florida
    Rentals are streamed if you watch them on an AppleTV. They will attempt to download if you are watching them on your computer with iTunes.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    It sounds like you have a very poor Internet connection - HD movies will download within an hour or less for me.

    iTunes typically does a stream/download copy. It will typically let you start watching a downloading movie within a minute or so. This is even possible on iOS. If you start to download a movie or TV show on your iPad you can go into the videos app and start playing that back immediately - it will continue to download/stream.

    iOS is even good enough to let you jump to a certain part of the movie and buffer that to work instantly.

    So the answer is both. You need a solid connection for this stuff to work - it sounds like SD quality may be preferred with your connection speed.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2007
    I have been having streaming issues (only from iTunes, not netflix or Hulu +) ever since the latest upgrade for the ATV was performed. So its not my internet connection but I am not sure what is going on.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    To my knowledge Hulu and Netflix do variable quality streaming - ATV will stream at the setting you determine.

    I believe it simply downloads the movie at chosen quality and then plays it to you when its ready - if your internet is behaving that works great, if its not you'll have some issues.

    I've had zero issues with ATV and I'm on the lowest end plan from Comcast
  6. wzz
    macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2013
    oh I hate that variable streaming. (although it doesnt happen to hulu for me)

    sometimes when I watch netflix, it goes all bad and smudgy.
    I can't force the Netflix bitrate streaming on the AppleTV unlike on my MBA. Annoyed me constantly that I cancelled it.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2014
    Now you can stream iTunes Video to iOS devices

    As long as you have iOS 7.1 or you can now stream iTunes to your iOS devices. You can see a video or prezi on how to set it up to do so here.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2013
    Just a quick question on streaming v downloading: you are getting the exact same thing, right? So if you download a film that takes up 3.2 GB of space then you will also use up the exact same bandwidth when streaming the whole film?
  10. macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2014
    Based on what I've read, I've never measured how much is streamed, I believe downloading v streaming is the same. At least I've never seen anything concrete to the contrary. They could change the file size base on the device, phone vs tablet vs television, I suppose, but not sure. I've read about the new HEVC codec (h.265) that they will be using for streaming 4k, and it is supposed to not only offer better compression for higher resolution at the same bandwidth, but also offer scalable coding extensions which will allow the one file to be served up at the resolution best needed by the device. Not sure if it's in use yet though.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2012
    H.265 (if/when it comes) will require an updated box with decoding support.

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