iTunes HD Movie Download

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by b-rad g, May 11, 2011.

  1. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    Bought and downloaded Ironman 2 the other day from iTunes and everything went remarkably smooth and fast (1st time buying movie from iTunes).

    It gave me 3 movies, an HD version, a SD version and iTunes Extras. Why would it give me an SD in addition to HD, if I wanted the SD version I would've bought that instead of HD. Not aggrevated or anything but was just wondering do they give it to you for a more iPhone/iPod friendly format? But my real question is when I access the movie from FrontRow how do I know I am accessing the HD version and not the SD?

    If I access it through iTunes I can hover over the movie and can then choose between playing the movie or playing the Extras. But if I access it through Home SHaring from my Air it shows me both the HD and SD version to play as well as the Extras.
  2. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2009
    You receive the SD version in addition to the HD so that it can be synced to older portable devices. The iPhone 4 and iPad 1 and up can play HD files, but older iPhones, iPod touches and iPod Classics will play the SD version.

    I'm fairly certain that Front Row will default to playing the HD version, but there is a Preference pane in iTunes (in the Playback tab) called "Play SD Version where available". Make sure this is unchecked.
  3. b-rad g thread starter macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    That's what I figured. I may go in and delete the SD version to save disk space as both the wife and I have iPhone 4's and everything from here on out should be HD compatible.

    I will check that preference in iTunes. Thanks so much for the reply.

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