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Download TV Episodes?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mumaluke, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Is there somewhere that you can download full free tv episodes that work with ATV2?

    I am not looking for paid shows on networks like HBO, Showtime or anything like that, just stuff that would be on local TV, ABC, CBS and such.
  2. macrumors 68030


    They post many episodes on their websites. But most do not stream to ATV. There may be a hack for it, but I don't know it. Anything else would be illegal and against the TOS of these forums to discuss.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Thanks, I am not looking for illegal activities. Looking for a reasonable solution for ditching DTV and easy way to have a "DVR" for shows we miss. I think its a shame that :apple: charges for free tv shows.
  4. macrumors 603


    The old Sage TV DVR software was excellent but alas bought out by Google.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    They aren't free. They are paid via advertising and other business deals like syndication. So it's reasonable to pay for a TV show that airs over network TV that doesn't have advertising. Not like we can get TV show season DVD sets for free for over the air broadcasts.

    Apple does offer single episodes of some TV shows for free and there may be opportunities later to stream from the content provider or via third parties like hulu.
  6. macrumors 68020

    They are plenty of them on the iTunes Store. The podcast section on the ATV2 has thousands of free shows and channels you can watch or you can stream them from your computer or iDevice.

    As for shows from networks like ABC and CBS, when new shows come out there is almost always a free "pilot" of the first episode on iTunes and it stays free throughout the season. And sometimes they offer an episode or two in the current seasons of their most popular shows for free to entice you to purchase the whole season.

    Then for some channels there are dedicated iOS apps that you can Airplay to the Apple TV. For example, the CNN Live app has live CNN TV and supports Airplay. The PBS app also has full episodes of its shows and supports Airplay.
  7. macrumors newbie


    I realize they are not free - I would be willing to download them with commercials. I'm not really looking for seasons or the pilot episode, just the occasional, hey we missed our show, lets go watch it now situation.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Elgato EyeTV will let your Mac perform DVR duties, and it will let you convert your recordings into iTunes friendly formats that can be streamed to the ATV. This is the closest thing I can think of to what you are asking for, other than those illegal sources that were not mentioned earlier.

    Since I started watching NetFlix on my ATV, I find that I don't even watch the vast majority of shows that I record over the air. It's just not worth the hassle of stripping out the commercials - I'd rather just wait a year for the season to show up on Netflix.
  9. macrumors 6502

    On the occasions where we miss an important episode of a series, we've paid the $0.99 to rent it from iTunes.
  10. macrumors newbie

    That is an option, and I am not opposed to that. I am thinking of going with an OTA DVR and supplimenting with the :apple:TV
  11. macrumors 68040


    If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can get a lot of different video player apps and use AirPlay to watch your stuff via the Apple TV.
  12. macrumors newbie

    I do have an iphone, what video player apps are you talking about?
  13. macrumors 68040


    For mp4 and m4v files, the default iPod app. For other formats, VLC and CineXPlayer. Some TV channels have their own official streaming apps too, though I'm not sure they're AirPlay compatible. I suspect it'll vary.
  14. macrumors 601

    Install icefilms
  15. macrumors 68020

    I use Eyetv and an HDHomeRun and record OTA HD broadcasts. The Eyetv acts as a tv guide and DVR and the app automatically converts them to formats for the Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone. Plus there is an app for the iDevices that allows you to watch the live tv and your recordings from your iDevice directly.

    It's an excellent solution if you have a desktop mac that it can run on like a Mac Mini or iMac. I wouldn't depend on a laptop to do my recordings though since they aren't on all the time.
  16. mds
    macrumors 6502

    Icefilms is awesome! Are there other collections like this?

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