My first movie rental experience: if this speed is normal it's my last experience too

Discussion in 'iPod' started by PDE, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. PDE macrumors 68020

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    I thought I'd try the new itunes rental service, opened itunes and selected my movie. I've never had such a slow download! I have a fast cable line and (10000 kpbs) and it says 6 hours remaining for the download! Is this normal? If it is, this a useless service. I mean, the whole point of getting things online is immediate access. Am I missing something here?
     
  2. billabong macrumors 6502

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    Must be alot faster for AppleTV then, cause I have about a 30 second wait time for SD movies and about 5-10minutes for HD ones...
     
  3. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I can start watching a HD rental on my AppleTV within 30 seconds of hitting the rental button, and I only have 6mbps DSL. I'd say there is something wrong with your network speed, or your ISP is throttling traffic from the iTunes Akamai servers.
     
  4. filmguy15 macrumors member

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    Yeah, I've never waited more than 2 minutes to start watching on my ATV. I've rented a few straight from iTunes as well, and they took an hour at most to finish downloading. It's got to be throttling....
     
  5. PDE thread starter macrumors 68020

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    A little bit of a false alarm....it got faster and downloaded the entire movie in one hour. Also, I noticed that I could start watching before it was downloaded, even though it did stop at one point because it hadn't downloaded enough.


    I tested my download speed and it was fine so I don't know what happened. At least it wasn't 6 hours! Sorry for the alarmist post, but I was surprised that it showed 6 hours...

    Cheers
     
  6. virus7 macrumors member

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    i have rented 2 movies from iTMS and they took about 30 min to fully download (they were both around 1GB)
     
  7. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    It took me about 30 minutes to download 1.3GB for me - this was over wireless (802.11n) to my MBP, but I had a video chat going the whole time, so I would think it would have been even faster if that was all I was doing.
     
  8. The Toon Master macrumors 6502

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    were you downloading anything else at the time (iTunes/Non-iTunes) and using any video games or other applications? When I use uTorrent, it's usually impossible for me to download an iTunes TV Show (Kinda silly for me to use it anyway since I can get the file off that for free if I wanted to). Did you look at it after 20mins too, because the initial time for me is usually 6 hours, and it boils down to about 20min and finally finishes after 15min (For My Episodes of The Soup)
     
  9. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    The fact you're connected to your router wirelessly wouldn't have made a difference. Very few internet download speeds even approach 802.11g transfer times.
     
  10. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    glad it worked out, but holy panic button Batman! give new things a chance before getting too worked up :)
     

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