Purchased vs. local issue

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by anewman143, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. anewman143 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2008
    In an effort to save some disk space, I deleted a few TV series that I had purchased in iTunes. I figured since my purchase was still in the cloud, that I would still see them in my TV shows section on my 2 ATV's.


    I have to separately navigate to the purchased section in the store, where I can stream them without a problem.

    Seems kinda silly to not have them show up in my TV shows, since I did purchase them from iTunes...having to navigate to a separate section seems quite "un-Apple-like" (read: inelegant)

    Is there an option that I missed to get this to work as I think it should?

  2. Rushli0n macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2012
    I'm assuming you used to find these on the Apple TV by navigating to Computers > TV Shows prior to removing them from iTunes.

    If that is the case and you've removed them from your Computer...then I don't see how you could think they would show up under the Computers section anymore.

    An example would be if I didn't have a computer, but bought a TV Show through iTunes on my Apple TV. I wouldn't expect it to show up in the Computers section under TV Shows. It should be under TV Shows > Purchased.

    Seems logical to me.
  3. anewman143 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2008
    Rush - you make a very fair point - "my computers" should be what I have locally and what's purchased only (not downloaded) is in purchases in the store.

    I get that - truly. Perhaps, then, what I'm proposing is that instead of "My computer", there should be a tile called "My media" - that way, no having to remember whether you downloaded a given item vs. just purchased it.

    My point is ultimately one of interface I suppose - I want all my stuff accessible in one place - because when I'm sitting in my chair ready to watch a show, I don't care whether or not I've downloaded it yet - I just want to see it -

    Does make more sense? Your point was very fair and well reasoned - it was my fault for not making my idea more clear.
  4. Rushli0n macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2012
    I see your point. Here's my thought:

    Have just three icons: Movies/TV Shows/Music. Each section should do the following:

    1. Offer the store for buy/rent
    2. Show all media you have stored locally along with any iCloud purchases

    I agree that users shouldn't care whether it's in the cloud or on their machine. Basically just integrate the Computers section into the other existing sections.
  5. anewman143 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2008
    Exactly - simple, elegant and keeps the unnecessary complexity behind the scenes.

    I'm still very interested to see if Apple "fixes" how we view lists of tv shows or movies - it would be nice to have just ONE item called "Monk" - you choose that and then you can choose which season, and then which show.

    Similarly, for movies, for those in a series (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc) have a single icon and the individual movies in a sub "folder"...keeps the screen from being so busy. Surprised somebody like Steve Jobs, who loved "simplicity" allowed for such a busy interface.

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