How long will a purchased movie stay downloaded on Apple TV 2?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Jman13, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Jman13 macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    I've had my Apple TV for quite a while now, and it's used predominantly for Netflix, (and now Hulu plus) with the occasional rental from iTunes. I don't stream movies from my PC any more because Home Sharing has been very flaky for me (80%of the time it can't see my computer).

    Anyway, yesterday I bought a movie for my daughter through the ATV, and watched it yesterday. This morning, my daughter wanted to watch it again, and we went to play and I was happily surprised to see it didn't have to redownload the movie. I know the ATV has storage to cache films after download, but it was my understanding that it doesn't keep the movies on the device for any length of time.

    Will this stay downloaded for a specific length of time, or will it stay until the next movie I rent? Just curious how it manages the storage.
  2. pavelbure macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2007
    Probably stays until it needs the room. I know Ive gone a day or so and movies will still be on.
  3. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    For me...

    For me, it stays for 24 hours after I start playing the movie, 30 days after I download it as long as I haven't started to watch it.

    Once it's "ready to watch", I don't have to download anything again, so it must keep enough cached to be able to keep up.

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