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Codestud

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I have just bought an Apple TV 4K, which I'm currently getting used to. Years ago I had one of the older Apple TVs and I enjoyed renting movies on it.

On the new Apple TV 4K I've noticed you can also rent movies in the Apple TV app as well as the older "iTunes" apps. Is the new "Apple TV" app meant to replace the older "iTunes" branded apps?

What are these older apps hanging around for? Seems a bit un-Apple to have this duplicated functionality.
 

-Gonzo-

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Shhhh 🤫, I and many others prefer the Movies and TV Shows app over the ATV app.
I guess that’s the plan eventually, however before they do some things need fixing like being able to buy complete tv series sets as currently for some shows only individual seasons are available to purchase whereas via the iTunes/TV Shows app the complete sets are available. This becomes an issue for those who only have the ATV app as they can’t buy some complete sets when they’re on offer.
The Movies and TV Shows apps number how many movies or tv shows you have in your purchased libraries whereas the ATV app doesn’t, it used to but for some odd reason they removed the count.
 
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kerrikins

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Shhhh 🤫, I and many others prefer the Movies and TV Shows app over the ATV app.
I guess that’s the plan eventually, however before they do some things need fixing like being able to buy complete tv series sets as currently for some shows only individual seasons are available to purchase whereas via the iTunes/TV Shows app the complete sets are available. This becomes an issue for those who only have the ATV app as they can’t buy some complete sets when they’re on offer.
The Movies and TV Shows apps number how many movies or tv shows you have in your purchased libraries whereas the ATV app doesn’t, it used to but for some odd reason they removed the count.
I know that this is an older post but I had to comment on this because it's so ridiculous! I can't believe that the TV app (on Mac, I mean) doesn't offer an option to purchase box sets at all - now I have to go to the Apple website and click on the 'open in iTunes' link, which opens in the Music app... Which tells me that iTunes is likely still there in the background, just reskinned somehow.

So stupid. Not only that, but they removed the ability to sort movies on sale by genre, so now it's just one gigantic list.
 

-Gonzo-

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I know that this is an older post but I had to comment on this because it's so ridiculous! I can't believe that the TV app (on Mac, I mean) doesn't offer an option to purchase box sets at all - now I have to go to the Apple website and click on the 'open in iTunes' link, which opens in the Music app... Which tells me that iTunes is likely still there in the background, just reskinned somehow.

So stupid. Not only that, but they removed the ability to sort movies on sale by genre, so now it's just one gigantic list.
Some boxsets do and others don’t, some TV shows will have 2 versions available under season 1 which the complete set may be available.
Others have found an alternate option by using CheapCharts, search for what you’re looking for then use their iTunes link.
 

nickdalzell1

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I always tell people that obsolete is a subjective term. Something that's obsolete to one person might work perfectly fine for another (I know there are a few people out there who probably still enjoy a Samsung Galaxy SII or original iPhone).

For myself, something is only obsolete if it stops doing what I need it to do, in a way I can enjoy doing it. That means a critical function or app has to cease to function or get updated and make the experience frustrating. Or the device bricks itself from age.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

"You can graduate Harvard with an i486"
 
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