iTunes No Longer Downloading SD TV Shows?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by NightStorm, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    This is something I've long requested, but I noticed earlier this week that iTunes no longer downloads the SD version by default of TV shows that I've purchased. For me, this is great as I'd usually go and manually delete them to save space on my ReadyNAS; all of my devices can play the HD version without any issues.

    I haven't seen this discussed anywhere else, so I'm curious to know if anyone else has noticed this. My purchases are all via season passes, just in case that seems to make a difference.
  2. macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast

    Can you check to see if you are still able to download the SD version of the file if you wanted to?


  3. macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2011
    I'm pretty sure you can (through the purchased section of iTunes) as I did that earlier this week before I realized the change had happened. I was surprised when I saw it this morning as well.

    I'm still on the fence, though. I like the HD on my TV, but my iPad just can't hold that much HD content, meaning I like to load SD content on it. After all with that screen size, you don't notice that much difference in HD and SD... and that could also just be my eyesight.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    I've now come across this issue. Have the Season Pass for The Walking Dead, and the newest episode was only downloaded in HD to my computer. I went in to my purchased section on iTunes to see if I could download it manually, but no such luck.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Downloading the SD version

    You can manually download the SD version by:

    1. Going to the iTunes page in the iTunes store.


    2. Clicking on Purchased (on the right-hand side).


    3. Choosing your episode.

    4. Un-clicking Download HD When Available.


    Attached Files:

  6. macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2011
    Perth, Australia
    It would be nice if we had an option in prefs to download both every time.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    Thanks for the visual instructions. I was having some trouble downloading both sd/hd on a few occasions. It wouldn't happen to every download just the occasional random one out of many.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2008
    There is a setting on the preferences on itunes to make sure that you only download the hd version in 720 or 1080p. So for people who wants to save space on their ipads get the 720p and keep a 1080p version on a external drive.
  9. ugp
    macrumors 65816


    Jan 7, 2008
    Inverness, Florida
    I wish it would do this for movies. I only want the HD version.

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