New ATV rental only!!!!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by roidy, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    Well that sucks, no more buying your content on the ATV as the new one is rental only.
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southampton, UK
    You could buy on you computer and then stream to the ATV.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    Its not the end of the world.... so you have to stream, no biggie!????
  4. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    I hate the fact they have moved personal content back under a "Computers" tab instead of under "Movies" or "TV Shows" on the main menu. This is a step backwards (it was this way in the early OS I believe).

  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    The whole point of the ATV for me was so I could sit on the couch and browse and purchase my movies instead of having to do it at a computer.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2009
    I really liked the presentation today, the iPhone/iPod touch games, the iTunes, the new iPods, but felt really a kind of stale fizz at the Apple TV thing... my video stream cut out just when he said 'rental only' so can anyone clarify, can I still buy shows for my Apple TV old gen?

    I don't buy too many series, but when I do I buy to own so I can watch again. This new model is a step back for me. But I am hoping I can still buy <fingers crossed>. They spoke to Apple TV owners... I didn't get asked ;-)
  7. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Can't wait to take one apart and see how I can "improve" it.
  8. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
    Apparently you were in the minority of AppleTV owners that ever figured out how to sync an AppleTV with a computer. :D

    At least, since they've forced future AppleTV owners into rentals, the AppleTV rentals are less expensive now!
  9. macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2008
    I'm confused. So what about TV shows and movies that aren't available to be rented yet? Is there no Buy option even for those things? Do they just not show up in the store on the Apple TV?
  10. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    And this is why you're on my BL here at MR!
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    They were really unclear about a lot of stuff on this one. I'm the same way...I can see renting some shows, but there are some that I want to buy. If I see an episode that I really enjoy, I may want to watch it several times. Or, like you said, I may want to purchase a season.
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    Yep, here's hoping it's hacked quickly and is powerful enough to run XBMC better than the old one.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    I do love the new ATV, BUTTT, at times I really do prefer to sync to ATV, especially if I'm streaming a rather large movie that is experiencing stuttering.. Syncing the movie to the current ATV resolves the whole stutter issue.. hmmm, decisions, decisions..
  14. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
  15. macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    Yup - I'm actually quite surprised, I'm struggling with how this is anything but a downgrade from the current device. I've archived my entire DVD library, and it would now be pulled completely out of the main Movies section? That's just...daft.

    I mean come on - have an option to set a default computer, and integrate "My Movies" or "My TV Shows" menu items into the movies/TV sections if they're available.

    What, did they hand the menu/UI changes to a bunch of co-op students?
  16. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    Shouldn't that thing run 1080p fine with the A4 chip? =(
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    So the only major improvement on the specs is 720p@30fps.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2010
    I really can't see this business model working. $4.99 for movie rentals and $0.99 for TV show rentals is too much, and to only have FOX and ABC signed up in the US at launch is very bad news; include Showtime and HBO and it might have added something. And from what I can tell, I can't even access purchased content on the cloud without streaming from a local computer/device.

    A parallel ad-supported model, like hulu+ in the US, might have worked. Alternatively, simply an app-based system like iPhone/iPod. In any case, even for $99 I don't see how this would fit into my system. Most of the things I'd want to do involve steaming from a computer to it, and that's just messy (and wasteful).

  19. macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    As long as they keep letting the current AppleTVs purchase content, then I'm happy keeping my old, but more powerful, device until the day it dies.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2008
    Wigan, UK
    The UK Apple TV site has got the section about TV rentals missing. Looks like only cheaper TV rentals in US
  21. macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2008
    all i was hoping for was to not have to maintain and continue to upgrade a home itunes server for ANY purchased itunes content.... unless i missed something
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    The major problem with this as I see it is that if you use your laptop as the "streaming machine" to get content off an external drive, you've got a bit of an issue when that laptop isn't hooked up. For example, what I like about the current AppleTV is that even when I travel, my kids can watch their movies. With the new one, what do they do - rent them?
  23. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    And there will now be LESS content! A big step backwards.

    -Rentals-only means ONLY ABC & Fox shows can be downloaded directly from the Apple TV right now.

    -Rentals-only also means all those movies that aren't available to rent...can't download those either. No option to buy if you wanted to.
  24. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I suspect you can still buy them on your Mac/PC and stream to the ATV.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    I don't see a lot of opportunity to enhance it - unless they kindly leave a SATA connection in there. I suppose the continued existence of a USB port might present some possibilities.

    This just reinforces my goal of getting some sort of low-powered home (media) storage. It could push iTunes and Time Machine. Apple has no real option for expandable storage. It doesn't fit with their closed storage philosophy (they don't really make devices that allow you to upgrade the storage). In the meantime, they have products like iPads, iPods and AppleTVs that really need some sort of centralized storage - especially if your house might have more than one computer.

    I'm sure I can build a nice little server myself as a project.


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