Just tried renting and am liking the idea more and more....

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by nylon, Sep 5, 2010.

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    nylon

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    I just rented an episode here in Canada using my US iTunes account and I can see myself using this service more and more.

    I used to have an Apple TV a year an a bit ago but sold it because I hated having to manage storage and hated buying TV shows that I would only watch once anyways.

    With the 99 cent rentals I can see myself using the service a hell of a lot more even as an impulse purchase to try out a new show. Beats the hell out of buying a TV show for $2.99.

    I can see this catching on provided the content is there.

    P.S. I'm loving the fact that I can rent some BBC shows such as Top Gear and Little Britain for 99 cents.
     
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    I'll use TV show rentals to watch shows that I only need to see once, but I'm still going to buy season passes for the shows that I would otherwise likely still buy on DVD/Bluray once they are released. Still seeing a net savings over my monthly cable bill and DVD/Bluray purchases.
     
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    Yeah if they brought it to the UK I would happily pay 59p/79p to watch an episode. Granted, I would still buy some, but id just stream the ones I can't watch on satellite at the given time.
     
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    I rather pay hulu for hulu plus then 99 cent a show since hulu has allot of tv shows and new episodes. So on itunes I would just be able to rent 10 shows but on hulu plus I get to watch lots more.
     
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    I guess I just don't get how renting a tv show for 99 cents is better then buying it for $2.99. You are only talking about a extra 2 bucks and you own it. You can then make DVD copies, watch it again in couple of months, share it with friends, whatever. If you you rented 10 movies a month for an extra $20 you could have owned them. My math tells my that owning is more cost efficient but to each his own.
     
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    Because most of the people don't watch a TV show more than once. "Owning" something that's only consumed once basically makes no sense, and especially not for 3x times the price.

    No you can't.. at least not legally.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    yes you can burn to a dvd and it's legal and yes you can burn a dvd and lend it to a friend. It's like if I dvr a show and then burn it and lend it to a friend and that's legal. Same thing here even though the RIAA/MPAA doesn't like it. It is legal. The only thing that is not legal is that if you burn it and pass it along to everyone and even put it up on the internet but lending it to a friend is legal.
     
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    You're thinking that he said "may not". He said "can not". There's a difference.
     
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    Lending it to a friend, or burning it to a DVD is still against the TOS of your provider.
     
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    Even if the law says it's okay? so if you have a book or magazine and you lend it to a friend that's against the TOS too? Or What if I lend a friend a video game is that against the TOS?
     
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    Stunning legal analysis. :eek:
     
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    come back when there is a little more than a couple ABC and FOX shows in the Apple TV. I use the Apple TV (old one) for shows that I can't get OTA or through Hulu and Netflix (last line of defense). The new ATV is entirely useless in this respect.

    Until far more content is there...is a failure...
     
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    99 cent per tv show sounds like a rip off. Why would I pay 99 cent for a 30 min tv show on itunes? Maybe the 30 min tv shows should be 50 cent instead of 99 cent since it's actually less then 30 min because their are no commercials. But I still think subscription model is the best way to go.
     
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    nylon

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    I've never had a apple TV or rented movies or TV shows online how long does it take to get new tv show up on itunes?.. so if a new episode came out today does it get put up today?.

    Do you think Apple will get into showing live stuff like UFC pay per view?. I'd love to ditch my satellite cause I only watch a few shows or for Hockey can I get all that on apple TV?.
     
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    hitekalex

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    No, the law does not say it's OK. Stripping the DRM and making copy of the copyrighted content is against the law here in the US and most other countries.

    Your comparison to lending out a book or a video game is invalid, because neither involves making a copy of a copyrighted work.
     

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