DRM on Movies from iTunes? Really

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Wicked1, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Ok, so I bought a few movies on iTunes, am I reading things right in this forum that Apple puts DRM on all downloaded iTunes movies? so they can not be played on anything but iTunes?

    Just curious if this is the case because then I will stop buying content from iTunes, except music which is DRM Free?

    I might have heard and read incorrectly this is why I am trying to confirm.
  2. Merkyworks macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    umm all iTunes media has DRM last time I checked
  3. farfelu5251 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2011

    I'm pretty positive that is the case. You can only play movies on Apple products (apple tv, iOS and itunes for windows or mac). I bought an HD movie and it can only be projected to a second monitor if the monitor uses DisplayPort. Using the adapter to DVI won't work. It's kinda lame, but it makes sense; "sharing" the movie would be much too easy without DRM.
    I've decided that I won't do iTunes movies because of it. I get the DVD and make a personal digital backup that is DRM free. Then I can play it wherever. To do this, check out handbrake: http://handbrake.fr/ (there are other programs as well, but I like this the best so far... free). Good luck! :)
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    All of the movie download companies place DRM on their media I believe, including Amazon.
  5. bucksaddle macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    You heard correctly, but good luck with the content you may get from Amazon or the Playstation network (to name a couple) as they all have the same retrictions, only playable on their own devices or devices they are associated with. Blame the studios.

    umm you need to check more often. Music has been DRM free for 2 years now.
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    There are tools for cracking it, and I mean losslessly.
  7. TheBaconKing macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2010
    Northwest Arkansas
    For the mac there cant be more than 1 or 2. I personally use Noteburner, but (for me) it cannot do aac audio very well at all. The audio comes out distorted. I have found workarounds, but it is a hassle to say the least. Good thing I really don't purchase movies from iTunes all that often. It is really just the digital downloads I have that I am wanting to de-DRM.
  8. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    Noteburner isn't lossless, it's basically screen capture and convert, and therefore basically sucks.
  9. lowonthe456, Aug 11, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2011

    lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    Songs do NOT have DRM anymore. Movies do. Know the MOVIE STUDIOS require it. As others have said, ANYWHERE you buy movies online will have DRM.

    Thats how it is.
  10. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    Best to buy the DVD then use handbrake or if your lazy just buy the DVD and then download a DVD rip.
  11. frunkis54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
  12. slothrob macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    Pretty nearly all digital movies sold by anybody, anywhere, including DVDs and Bluerays, have DRM and will only play on dedicated equipment. There's nothing really different about Apple's movies.
  13. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    This a million times over.

    Apple is NOT the ones who regulate DRM. They actually won a lawsuit or wrangled an agreement, I forget which allowing them to sell music DRM free, unfortunately the content owners of movies and TV shows do not allow that right now so that is why video is DRM'd.
  14. StruckANerve macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    Rio Rancho, NM
    These are the kind of restrictive practices that make me torrent movies.
  15. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Yep. A lot of people do because of restrictions such as these.
  16. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    No, the appropriate response is to purchase the movie and then (optionally) remove the DRM.
  17. laurim macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2003
    Minnesota USA
    How about only do legal things with movies? Just an idea. Works fine for me.
  18. Cinematographer macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2005
    far away
    It's legal where I live. :) And it could be legal in your country too.
  19. rayhigh macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2012
    Whatever, Officer Friendly. :rolleyes:
  20. Darby67 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
    Superb necromancy!
  21. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2012
    I know this thread is old, but I'm surprised the movie/tv studios are still putting DRM on purchased video files. If they are concerned about the files leaking out online they aren't doing much about it because there is software to remove DRM from itunes files and they can be found all over the internet. Plus, most people will just download a Blu-ray rip for a movie because it's higher quality. The only people they end up hurting and inconveniencing in the end is legitimate paying customers. Meanwhile pirates just remove the DRM and can play it on any device for free. Legit customers have to pay and can only play it on the devices that company specifies. It's a lose-lose situation.
  22. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Would you rather pay a $10,000 fine, or invest into a $99 Apple TV? Honestly, it's stupid that people would rather risk getting slammed for illegally obtained content, instead of doing what really needs to be done here.

    The real reason of having DRM is to keep people from sharing within their group of friends. A lot of people let their intermediate friends share their Netflix account. A lot of people share their music.

    "Sharing is caring" does not apply to the entertainment industry. You let it be done, and you lose revenue because then people will come up with a way to spread the costs among friends and family which easily can lose studios about $100 per movie within a group. College kids would just put it on a public server for the whole school to grab from, just like they did with their iTunes Library when people still bothered with them.
  23. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Music hasn't.
  24. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2012
    The risk is so low it's not even worth discussing, especially if you stay off the more popular sites.

    Even HBO says piracy only helps their business in the long run.


  25. SonomaFlyer macrumors newbie


    May 8, 2010
    Tell that to the folks who've been slammed. Many did a whole bunch of illegal file sharing but there were several who didn't. The risk is there and given the ability to monitor stuff these days, the risk really isn't worth it here in the U.S.

    Just buy the damn DVD and make a back-up. Problem solved.

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