Downloading rental to ATV3

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by KoukiFC3S, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I just rented a movie, but I do not see an option to download the movie before playing it.

    Is streaming the only option? My internet is pretty slow, so I would rather download it first.

    Thank you.
     
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    e²Studios

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    Rent it and "hit menu to watch at a later time" it will continue to download in the background. I just rented a movie last weekend and did that since we weren't ready to watch just yet.

    It said it was ready to watch, so you might have to let it download to a point where it thinks you can watch while it streams the rest before that message appears. It only took a few seconds for the message to appear but my fiber is 45/45.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. It's been a few days, so the movie should be downloaded by now.
     
  4. macrumors member

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    Or expired :p
     
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    DoctorWho

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    Not if he hasn't started watching it.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haha I sure hope not.

    I just found out that the ATV has 8GB of onboard storage.

    It's weird how it doesn't show the download %, but I guess that's Apple for you.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Both the ATV2 & 3 are steaming only. Even though they both have 8gb of onboard storage it is just for temporary storage of the streaming material.
     
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    Roy G Biv

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    So it temporarily stores streaming material? Same difference.
     
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    class77

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    You could always download it to your computer and then stream it from there to your Apple TV. If you download a rental from the Apple TV, you can only play it on that Apple TV. If you download it to a computer, you can play it on that computer or any other shared network connection(i.e. another Apple TV or another computer).
     

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