Explain the 1080p Situation to Me

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Mac In School, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Okay, so Apple's now selling 1080p movies on iTunes. Sweet.

    I have two televisions and 2 :apple:TVs. One is 1080p with an :apple:TV 3, the other 720/1080i with an :apple: 2.

    If I purchase a movie in 1080p, will it play on my :apple:TV 2 720/1080i setup, or am I SOL on that TV/:apple:TV combo?

  2. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    The ATV3 will play at 1080p as long as the TV supports it. The ATV2 will remain at 720p... I have the same setup.
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    So the 1080p file will play at 720?
  4. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    The apple TV 2 will play back the 1080p but it scales it down to 720p.

    Tested it out on the weekend, played The Rock (1080p) version streamed from my computer, worked fine but it played at 720p (still full screen but at a lower resolution).
  5. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Excellent. Thank you.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    Just a FYI... if you have older iOS devices (ex. iPad 2), iTunes currently will not allow a 1080p video to sync. This is unfortunate as the iPad 2 should have no problem decoding and playing the file.
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Good to know. With iTunes purchases, you still get an SD download automatically as well, right?

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