How do you handle regular rentals?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by motoxpress, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. motoxpress macrumors 6502

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    It seems to me one of the major downsides to the AppleTV is the playback of rentals from like Redbox. How do you handle this?

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  2. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    Huh? How do Redbox and AppleTV have anything to do with each other? :confused:
     
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603

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  4. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I'm with the others. I'm not sure I understand what your question is. By "regular rentals" you must mean DVD rentals, since you mention redbox, rather than :apple:TV rentals. At our house we watch those using our DVD player. You could rip the rented DVDs (e.g. with Handbrake, etc) to watch them via your :apple:TV, but that would mean waiting, suffering a slight quality loss, and not having access to the DVD 'extras'. Oh, and there's that pesky Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which makes it illegal, of course.
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Some people get Mac Minis and use them as souped-up Apple TVs. Then you wouldn't need a separate DVD player.
     
  6. motoxpress thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When I rent a DVD. Redbox is my preferred solution. I think Apple's rental option is a little heavy handed.

    I was just curious how AppleTV owners handle this. I thought the object was to make the AppleTV the center of the home theater. by having a "One point of access" device.

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  7. motoxpress thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I do already have a mini btw but, there are some elements of the AppleTV that is appealing.

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  8. kage207 macrumors 6502a

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    I just usually buy my movies because here at college you end up watching them again. I usually watch movies once or twice because I watch for the story, then I look at the elements of how they make effects, different angles, and things that are more of a movie producer side because that rather interests me. But to me, the $3 rentals aren't bad for people like my sister or my mom who just watch it once and are done. Cheaper, and faster to get rather than going out to the store or waiting for it to be delivered to your house. So, it does all that I need it to do.
     

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