Is it possible to watch movie rented on computer on Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by hikeNM, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. hikeNM macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2004
    Somewhere close to a dairy in East Texas
    Howdy folks,

    I rented a show on my iMac and would like to watch it on my :apple:TV. Is it possible?

  2. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Yeah, you should be able to stream it over?
  3. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    This KB article: says:
    "Can I play my rental on more than one device?

    If you download a rented movie on your computer: You can transfer it to a device such as your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod if it’s a standard-definition film (movies in HD can only be watched on your computer, iPad, iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th generation), or Apple TV). Once you move the movie from your computer to a device, the movie will disappear from your computer's iTunes library. You can move the movie between devices as many times as you wish during the rental period, but the movie can only exist on one device at a time."

    However, this is from the original AppleTV which had a hard drive. Since the new AppleTV doesn't have a drive, you can't really "transfer" to it, but you can "stream" to it. I would think you will somehow "move" the movie to the AppleTV, and will actually stream from the internet (the "cloud") instead.
  4. hikeNM thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2004
    Somewhere close to a dairy in East Texas
    Yeah, I'm using the Hard Drive AppleTV.

    I've synced it several times, but the rented content isn't syncing to the :apple:TV. I'm a bit confused.
  5. GeekLawyer macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    Is your Apple TV running the latest firmware? Authorized to your iTunes account, etc?

    I've never done it, but I know it can be done. This might not be perfect, but here's some steps I found on the internet:

    Follow the steps given below to rent movies from the iTunes Store on your Computer :
    In iTunes on your computer, click iTunes Store.
    In the iTunes Store, find a movie you want to rent.
    Click Rent. Your movie will begin to download immediately.
    Once the movie is downloaded, you can watch it on your computer or transfer the rental to a supported iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV.

    Connect the device and select it in iTunes.
    Click the Movies tab (for iPod), or the Videos tab (iPhone or Apple TV)
    Select the movie, and then click Move.
    After all movies have been moved, click Apply in the lower right corner of iTunes.
  6. kissmykumbaya macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2012
    I'm not certain about the original atv, but the atv2 syncs into your library. In the library list, once a movie is rented on the computer, a "rental" menu comes up along with your music, movie and tv show etc libraries. I suspect it may be in the same spot on the original apple tv.

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