Authorizing Apple Tv to download purchases from computer without cable

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by paulburk, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. paulburk macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    Hello all,

    This might be to good to be possible but here is my issue. I work in iraq and itunes is lifeline for tv shows, BUT my wife at home in states also like the shows that i download seasons of. So my question before buying a unit it possible for her to download all the things I buy overseas to the Apple TV in the states without paying again?
    I'm guessing from what i've read only method is syncing through cable with is obviously not an option here but if we use same itunes account on both computer and apple tv would it work?
    Thanks for input...
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    No, you get one download per purchase (per the studio requirements to Apple). The only way to get your stuff over to the Apple TV is by syncing.
  3. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    You can't redownload content from iTunes unless you call them up. Even then they tend to give you only one do-over.

    You could however burn the content to a disc and mail it to her and if she has access to the same account could put it on her computer then sync it to AppleTV.
  4. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    About the only alternative I've seen that does what you want is Amazon's Video On Demand service. It streams the TV shows instead of forcing you to download them like iTunes.

    You could pick up a $99 Roku box (or a pair of them) instead of an Apple TV and use Amazon's service instead.

    Your wife and you should be able to stream the same TV show purchases. However, you lose the Apple TV UI and ease of use.
  5. paulburk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    Thanks for helps, I think i'll go with silents idea as I don't wanna lose the apple UI and itunes functionality....
  6. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Alternatively, you could upload the files onto a server that you both have access to. It would be painful if either of yours internet connection is slow, but it would work.

    Maybe a mobileme account could help out here in keeping both of your computers in sync.

    Otherwise, you could use something like or


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