Apple Brings TV to iCloud With Downloads of Previously-Purchased Episodes

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Alongside today's Apple TV software update that brought the ability for users to stream TV episodes they had previously purchased through iTunes, Apple has also expanded the "Purchased" section of the iTunes Store as accessed via Mac, PC, and iOS to include re-downloads of purchased TV content.




The change adds TV shows to Apple's early-stage iCloud offerings, bringing the TV content in line with music purchases that received the same treatment back in early June following the iCloud announcement at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. With the change, users now have the ability to download purchased television content at-will to their various devices as long as they are linked with a single iTunes Store account.

Apple has also updated its iTunes Store terms and conditions with new text covering the changes, and summarizes the change as follows:
Notification of an additional type of previously-purchased content that may be subsequently downloaded to certain computers and devices as an accommodation to you, subject to existing association rules; and that such content may be played back on certain devices that are not subject to existing association rules, with limitations.
The majority of the relevant changes appear to be covered in the section entitled "Automatic Delivery and Downloading Previous Purchases Beta", which outlines two classes of downloadable content: "iTunes Auto-Delivery Content", which covers music and music videos and which can be automatically downloaded to associated devices; and "iTunes Eligible Content", which covers TV shows that must be downloaded manually.

Users have long been responsible for backing up their own content, with Apple only allowing limited re-downloads of lost content on a case-by-case basis. But with the move to iCloud storage of users' purchases, they will be able to freely delete and re-download episodes to whichever devices they wish to view the content on. Such a change generally requires that licensing deals with content providers be renegotiated, and thus Apple has had to work carefully toward deploying re-downloads for each media type and in each market.

Despite the new feature, Apple does still point out that users are responsible for backing up their own content, noting that all previously-purchased content may not be available for re-download at all times.

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Ryth

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Those Apple TV LCD rumors with everything posted today are looking more feasible..wouldn't put it past them to bring the ultimate TV/Internet device.

If anyone can do it, Apple can.
 

littledude8209

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Does this work for people who purchased a season pass in the past? Just curious...
yes :) i bought several season passes to shows, and they are all available through iTunes purchased section for re-download.



now - TO THE CLOUD :D
 

CapnJackGig

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And it's pretty much worthless until Apple actually gives us all that we purchased. No Simpsons seasons, only a partial Community Season 2, no Clone Wars. I hope they don't expect people to pay for cloud support if they can't offer a quality product. Because this is free right now and I already dont like it.
 

ryanasimov

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iTunes DESPERATELY needs a way to permanently delete unwanted apps from the "Purchased" section, or at least a way to hide unwanted apps.
 

PDFierro

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Yes, this is awesome! There is a TV show I want to put on my iPhone, but I didn't want to just put certain episodes on there. That iCloud is starting to get video support is great news.
 

littledude8209

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And it's pretty much worthless until Apple actually gives us all that we purchased. No Simpsons seasons, only a partial Community Season 2, no Clone Wars. I hope they don't expect people to pay for cloud support if they can't offer a quality product. Because this is free right now and I already dont like it.
There are tv shows that don't show up in the purchased tab? o_O

I guess I was just way too excited for all my doctor who to be there that I didn't even notice :p
 

CapnJackGig

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There are tv shows that don't show up in the purchased tab? o_O

I guess I was just way too excited for all my doctor who to be there that I didn't even notice :p
Yep. The vast majority of what I've purchased is not listed (Simpsons, Clone Wars, and a big chunk of seasons 2 of Community).
 

pinshot

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Since the majority of people with a brain use BIttorrent to get their online TV content, what im really interested in is an iTunes match for video...if only...i got 10TB for em if they ever do that.
 

littledude8209

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Yep. The vast majority of what I've purchased is not listed (Simpsons, Clone Wars, and a big chunk of seasons 2 of Community).
Hmm. The only thing that I can think of is that they got the licensing deals from a few of the companies, and didn't want to wait to push it out to us. Fox (simpsons & lost) seems to be doing a lot of crappy things lately (8 day wait period on hulu). I've never liked Fox to begin with though. Hopefully they strike a deal with apple sooner of later though :)
 

arizona654

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Since the majority of people with a brain use BIttorrent to get their online TV content, what im really interested in is an iTunes match for video...if only...i got 10TB for em if they ever do that.
+1

And books too.....
 

littledude8209

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Since the majority of people with a brain use BIttorrent to get their online TV content, what im really interested in is an iTunes match for video...if only...i got 10TB for em if they ever do that.
yeah, if they do an iTunes Match for video, that would seriously be AMAZING.

On that note - I really doubt that something like that would ever happen. Although, if you had asked me before the iCloud event, I would have never thought that the music labels would have agreed to iTunes Match in the first place.
 

moderngamenewb

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And it's pretty much worthless until Apple actually gives us all that we purchased. No Simpsons seasons, only a partial Community Season 2, no Clone Wars. I hope they don't expect people to pay for cloud support if they can't offer a quality product. Because this is free right now and I already dont like it.
If you already have them on your MAC, it won't show up under the purchased section unless you click All, instead of having it set to "Not on this Mac."
 

Muskyman

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With Rogers charging $2/gb in Canada for bandwidth, I'd rather buy everything on Bluray than download a show more than once. This streaming idea is never going to be popular in Canada.

I might have bought an Apple TV if they left the hard drive in them.
 

840quadra

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Wow, I am really speechless. This really is the best gift from Apple in a while for me. I have been having HUGE issues with streaming TV shows to my :apple:TV due to the fact that my main iTunes server is still on Tiger.

Before it required me to copy the TV shows to my MacBook Pro and stream from that, or from my iPhone. Having iCloud Access to purchased content on my :apple:TV is going to be a huge plus.

Yes I am one of those people who re-watches TV shows. As you can tell by my name, and the fact that I still have a system on Tiger, I like getting lots of miles out of my purchases :eek: .
 

Gitgat

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I'm missing my White Collar season passes for seasons 1, 2, and 3 (current) from the purchased page.
 
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