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After a brief delay, Apple has activated the "Genius" feature for movies and TV shows in iTunes 8.1. It is not entirely clear when Apple flicked the switch, but it appears that reports of the activation date back to late last week.

Similar to the existing feature for music launched in iTunes 8.0, a user can select a movie or TV episode from their library and activate the Genius feature, which then displays recommendations for iTunes Store purchases based on their selection.

The expansion of the feature to movies and TV shows was revealed on Apple's site prior to the release of iTunes 8.1 and was also mentioned in the included release notes for the download, but readers quickly noticed that the feature was nowhere to be found. Following the release of iTunes 8.1, Apple quickly removed mentions of the feature from its iTunes pages, and they have yet to restore them despite activation of the feature.

Article Link: Genius Feature for Movies and TV Shows Activated in iTunes 8.1
 

Patriks7

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For some weird reason I found iTunes to be a bit choppy on some of my movies. That's when I switched to VLC (Quicktime is just kinda... meh...) and have no problems. So is it just me with the choppy movies or anyone else experienced/experiencing such problems?
 

lostfan916

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I figured this out yesterday, searched for a thread and turns out there was one from last week. Wonder why it took so long for everyone to figure it out.

Ah, I forgot, it's Tuesday.:D
 

winks360

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:confused: I don't have any problems with quicktime??
but I have herd that it is getting a upgrade with Snow Leopard :) maybe that will fix your problems...:rolleyes:
 

lftrghtparadigm

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For some weird reason I found iTunes to be a bit choppy on some of my movies. That's when I switched to VLC (Quicktime is just kinda... meh...) and have no problems. So is it just me with the choppy movies or anyone else experienced/experiencing such problems?

With some codecs, yes its terrible. Same with Quicktime vs. VLC.

Embarrassing that free VLC is 10X better than Quicktime.

Yet where are VLC's encoding abilities? Sigh. :cool:
 

MrCrowbar

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For some weird reason I found iTunes to be a bit choppy on some of my movies. That's when I switched to VLC (Quicktime is just kinda... meh...) and have no problems. So is it just me with the choppy movies or anyone else experienced/experiencing such problems?

It got better with the most recent update, but it's still way bad for HD stuff and is very unresponsive in general. I love XBMC for HD playback, no sync issues, no stuttering and it works pretty well with the apple remote, too. Plays pretty much every format, it's like Front Row on steroids. Highly recommended.
 

MacEdit

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Jan 17, 2007
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Other Genius Updates

Great... Movies...

what about updating the previou gen iPod classics to use genius playlist for music?

I thought they said they would update them? Kind of lame they haven't.
 

lftrghtparadigm

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Great... Movies...

what about updating the previou gen iPod classics to use genius playlist for music?

I thought they said they would update them? Kind of lame they haven't.

They definitely did, and since then, nothing. Really ridiculous.

Instead, lets activate a feature to let Apple know all of tv shows and movies I didn't buy from them.
 

alchemistmuffin

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Dec 28, 2007
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It's still grayed out.

For me, though, it's not working.

The option is still grayed out even with 8.1 installed, and its under movies, and TV shows.

HOW DO I FIX IT!
 

Enuratique

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Great... Movies...

what about updating the previou gen iPod classics to use genius playlist for music?

I thought they said they would update them? Kind of lame they haven't.

Yeah, I know what you mean. There's no reason it can't be updated via software... My guess is they want you to buy a new iPod for that feature. It's turned out to be a very profitable business policy for Apple so I'd say get used to it.
 

BoyBach

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This is what I get. It's not "working", but it's a start!
 

X38

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All these iTunes movie store upgraded are nice, but when are they finally going to get the Star Wars movies already?!
Can something really be said to be a movie store if it doesn't sell Star Wars?
 

11800506

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It's working for me, but I don't think I'll find much use for it. I only watch 2 tv shows and I'm not really interested in following others. It could be potentially useful for movies but I don't buy many movies from the iTunes store so I won't use it very much.
 

avionicsman

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Jan 6, 2009
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Genius Baby!!

I noticed it last weekend. interesting feature. i will download suggested movie from superfundo then convert via handbrake for my :apple:TV. Thanks apple!
 

3282868

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For some weird reason I found iTunes to be a bit choppy on some of my movies. That's when I switched to VLC (Quicktime is just kinda... meh...) and have no problems. So is it just me with the choppy movies or anyone else experienced/experiencing such problems?

Sadly I have to admit, Quicktime sucks. Any time I play a non-Apple codec, Quicktime stammers (even on my Octo Mac Pro). I have Flip4Mac installed, yet the only decent player is VLC.
 

rikers_mailbox

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Sep 27, 2003
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Expect Genius for TV and Movies to hit AppleTV soon. (maybe an AppleTV update soon. something bigger than a x.x.1 release)

speaking of... is the Boxee update due today available yet? Do Hulu feeds still work?

Sorry, that was off topic.
 

NightStorm

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Jan 26, 2006
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It uses the cnID number to identify what a movie is. Since Handbrake encodes do not have a cnID tag, they cannot be used by Genius for recommendations.
 

Saladinos

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It's working, but the recommendations are absolute rubbish. Much worse than genius for music.

Genius for Apps is probably coming next :Groan:
 

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