How reliable is iTunes Movies in the Cloud?


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Sep 8, 2009
I'm curious how reliable/good streaming of TV shows/movies are through iTunes. I'm ready to get a Mac again as soon as the Haswell rMBP is released, and I'm debating on my hard drive space.

For those of you with a large iTunes video library, do you use cloud streaming and how good is it? I use it sometimes but on a Windows laptop, and it lags quite a bit. But that might be the slowness of my machine.

I honestly prefer to store all my stuff locally, but I'm just wondering how good of a solution Apple's streaming is for quality and responsiveness/buffering. I use other streaming services and they are always speedy.


macrumors member
Sep 27, 2007
Anaheim, CA
From my experience, iTunes Movies in the Cloud has been great. I rarely watch it on my MBP, but I do download them locally. I use my Apple TV to stream my movies from the Cloud. I don't think you're allowed to truely "stream" movies on a computer though. You can play them when they're not already stored locally, but it will download as it goes.


macrumors 6502
Apr 25, 2012
Port St Lucie FL
I've only had a couple of instances where I couldn't log into iTunes to watch a movie. In addition there were only a couple of times I could purchase a rental for a movie. I've used the service for over a year. I recently purchased an iMac and downloaded all my purchased movies from iTunes to my mac. So if a title I've purchased gets pulled from iTunes I have a copy saved for streaming.

I have also ripped DVD's and added them to iTunes and that allows me to stream them to my appleTV's which is very handy too.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 27, 2012
It was a bit daunting to just delete from local storage all of the kids movies and tv shows I had laying around (really, just how many episodes of Dora the Explorer do we need?), but the download-on-demand model works nicely, in my case to Apple TVs and iPads. Depending, of course, on the quality of your Internet connection.