Certain movies you can't buy in HD, only rent???

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by westrock2000, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. westrock2000 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2013
    I found this old movie on iTunes called "My Name Is Nobody", but I am only offered the option to rent if I select HD. If I select SD, then buy shows up.

    Does Apple really not allow you to buy content??? I have never experienced this before, so it is very confusing.
  2. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2014
    Yeah, there are a few out there. I've been trying to get "The Time Machine" (the classic version) forever. It's only a rental most of the time and they put it out once in a while in SD, but I keep checking for HD.
  3. The Mad Hatter macrumors 6502a

    The Mad Hatter

    Oct 12, 2004
    Aaah, Terence Hill and Henry Fonda.

    A great (and funny) spaghetti western. You should also check out his (Terence Hill's) Trinity movies with Bud Spencer... good stuff.:D
  4. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    It's not apple, it's the people who actually own the movies,
    they set the release dates, and what versions are available.
  5. tonyr6 macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2011
    Brooklyn NY
    Buying SD movies is a waste. Worse quality than DVD.
  6. idunn macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    You'll find this is variable and ever changing. Keep an eye on that title and you'll likely find it later offered for sale in HD. It happens, regularly. As well, sometimes no option of buying at all, only rental.

    Additionally, when almost certainly offered for sale in HD at some point (and that possibly many months from now), make sure same is offered in the proper aspect ratio, if you care.

    This is in some respects a separate issue. Nevertheless sometimes one assumes the theatrical version only to find it listed and delivered as cropped full screen.

    'My Name Is Nobody' is presently listed as widescreen, meaning it should be delivered in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1.

  7. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    ya.... Control.... They also only allow to to only "buy" first run movies first, rather than the normal way of 'renting' them ...

    I guess copyright holders reckon they want users to purchase even if u are going to watch something once...

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