Newb question about ATV...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by FSUSem1noles, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Good afternoon, I'm looking into getting an ATV in the near future, I have a few questions still holding me back from taking the plunge.

    First question is, I noticed through the iTunes store that some movies can be purchased in HD through the ATV directly. But if you purchase the movie through the ATV directly, are you able to move it?

    For example, I have a couple extra External Harrddrives laying around, I've read that I could eventually do a hack on my ATV so that I can hook an external up to it, but in the meantime, would I be able to hook the external up to my MacBook Pro and transfer the movie off of the ATV to the Mac Pro iTunes then move it to the external? or if you make a purchase through ATV directly it has to stay there?

    I'd only be looking at purchasing the 40gb version, but if you have to purchase some HD movies directly through ATV and can't move them off, I'd have to seriously consider the 160gb version..

    Thanks for any help everyone can provide, it's greatly appreciated.. I do have a few more questions, but I'll try to limit it to 1 a day.. ;-)
  2. jon31rm macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2007
    as of right now, i'm pretty sure that you can only rent HD movies, and only on the ATV.

    HD TV shows can be purchased and transferred, however.
  3. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    that's right, only renting of movies can be done on the apple tv, you can buy tv shows only from itunes via the apple tv

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