24-hour movie rentals? still?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ibrainch, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. ibrainch macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Even Amazon offers 7-day rentals. I really don't get some of the pricing/issues with movies on iTunes. The 24-hour rental period is killing me - it's basically like late fees on DVDs when I have to rent a movie twice just to finish watching it. I hate to say it but seems like Netflix or local video store may be the way to go (and at least you can rip yourself a copy if you want)...
  2. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    Easy solution, don't start watching it until you have time to finish it.
  3. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    In Canada, it's 48 hours. Not sure why the US store is different.
  4. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    ...just goes to show the weak negotiating position apple has with the studios....
  5. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    Comcast On Demand movies have the same 24 hour window, so I really don't think this is only an Apple thing.
  6. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    The studios are going to ruin things if hey are not careful
  7. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2009
    a boat
    i dont get why people get mad at that. its like this on comcast,xbox,apple tv. you have 30 days to watch it. if dont enough time in 30 days to sit down for 2 hours to watch a movie,then buy it. i think most people watch movies in one sitting,not several. this isnt a huge issue
  8. iOrlando macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    who rents a movie and then watches it half way and then finishes it another day? Seriously...what a complainer.

    You get 30 days to begin to watch the movie....a movie is 2-3 hours...you got the time to watch it all at once.
  9. ajthomason macrumors 6502

    So you never get tired and decide to go to bed part way through a movie? The phone never goes and you have to stop to do work, then run out of time to finish it?

    IIRC, it is 48 hours here in the UK, but I haven't rented one for a while.
  10. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2009
    a boat
    thats never happened to me, and even if it does happen i think within twenty four hours ill be able to watch it
  11. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i agree. if i decide to watch a movie, i'm going to finish it usually within 4 hours at least. if i get tired and go to sleep, i'll finish it next day. but if i get that tired, it's probably a bad movie anyways
  12. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    30 days and 24 hours

    Yah me too, the 24 hour time frame seems kinda lame but when you look at how a person tends to watch a movie it's ok. 30 days to start and 24 hours to watch is ok for me anyway.
  13. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    As slack as I am, I definitely don't like that. Sometimes I'll put a movie on and then fall asleep, and then I may not have time the next day. With Netflix, I can have that movie for weeks (did that recently). I also never got around to watching another, so I returned it and waited for the next one. The DVD I had, I burned a copy so I could watch it later instead of wasting that week. Then I'll just zap it.

    Netflix seems to have a winning model going. Apple's model isn't bad if you rent once in a blue moon, but if you consistently want to watch movies, you cannot beat Netflix. I have probably saved a few hundred dollars by buying fewer movies and renting more.
  14. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    I'm actually in agreement with the OP. My wife and I like to spend time together in the evenings, sometimes watching Apple TV, but we have kids who need attention till their 8:00 bed time, and my wife likes to get to sleep by 11:00, so she can get up to go to work or feed the kids breakfast.

    We can usually get through a movie in one sitting, but there have been several times where we've had to re-rent.

    I think the 30-day expiration is reasonable (don't rent it yet if you won't watch it soon), but the 24-hour expiration period is silly (I'd like more in the neighborhood of 3-4 days), as is the time you have to wait between the DVD release of the movie and the time it's available for rent.

    It's funny, the movie studios put that annoying "don't pirate our movies" warning at the beginning of every DVD because of growing online piracy, but they're so stubborn about giving customers what they want for a good, legal alternative that it's no wonder people resort to BitTorrent for a lot of content! Not only are the movies free, but there are fewer restrictions!

    Don't get me wrong, all my movies are purchased or rented through iTunes for use on my Apple TV or iPhone (if travelling), but I think the silly licensing issues are the issue most hindering the Apple TV.

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