iTunes Movies Purchased on iPad: Stream Immediately or Wait to Download First?

pruppert

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Jan 30, 2008
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If I rent a movie or TV show from iTunes on the iPad, am I able to stream it immediately (similar to the Apple TV) or do I have to wait until the entire file is downloaded before I can begin playing it?

I sure hope it is the former, but for some reason I doubt it is.
 

Akme

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Jun 5, 2008
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I bought an HD copy of Iron Man over the weekend on my iPad, and was unable to stream, I had to wait for the download to finish. Perhaps I didn't tap the right thing, or something, but my impression is that you have to wait.
 

pruppert

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That kind of sucks. I imagine it might take some 40 minutes to download.
 

Akme

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A lot of the HD movies are 3gb+ in size so it definitely can take a while, but, of course, it all depends on your connection speed.
 

Silvereel

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I am going to complain to my isp, I think. There are no alternatives where I live, but I pay for pretty fast Internet, yet it's taking me 5 hours to download a two hour HD film...
 

ClaireL

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Pity cuz podcasts on the iPad play immediately if you choose to stream it instead of downloading. I don't download my podcasts much anymore, I just watch stream them unless it's a long one.