Renting Movies from iTunes Store for Airplane Mode?

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  1. ehzool macrumors member

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    When I'm traveling on an airplane without internet connection, I was thinking of renting a movie from the iTunes Store.

    Will that work? Can I watch a rented movie without internet connection - offline mode?

    If not, will buying work?

    And also if not, are there any other websites where i can buy/rent a movie for offline viewing?
     
  2. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    You can rent the movie before you depart for the airport and let it download locally to your device (I'd suggest renting it the night prior). Once you're in the air, you should be able to access the movie via the 'TV' app on your iDevice. You won't need an internet connection to play it as long as it fully downloaded.
     
  3. Longkeg macrumors regular

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    I agree. It SHOULD work but I would test this before flying. The only hitch would be if the rented movie needed to "phone home" for DRM authorization. Without an internet connection the device wouldn't be able to contact the iTunes database to verify that you are the legit owner/renter of the content. Without verification the movie won't play. I'm not sure how often it does this or even IF it does it anymore. Rent the cheapest movie you can find and experiment with playback in airplane mode. See what happens.
     
  4. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    Great point. My fiancée had that happen to her once on a flight. Since we were in the air, she didn't have an internet connection and the movie wouldn't play because it couldn't find DRM authorization. Once we were on the ground, she was able to play it (at the time she thought it was an issue with the download).
     
  5. CTHarrryH macrumors 65816

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    Haven't rented recently but you used to have 24 hours from the time you start watching until you can't. So I'd start (titles only maybe) while having an internet connection then stop and continue once in air. I never had a problem with watching in air but if concerned about DRM try starting early
     
  6. jetsam macrumors 6502

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    I've been renting movies from the iTunes store for years to watch on an iPad in airplane mode, on an airplane. Download before flight, enjoy during!
     
  7. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    I have rented and downloaded movies from iTunes for several overseas trips. You just have to remember to start it briefly, while you have an internet connection, within the 24 hrs you are going to complete watching the movie. You will then be able to watch the movie without connecting to the internet while on the airplane.
     
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    So essentially start and then pause right before you take off?
     
  9. Longkeg macrumors regular

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    Yes. That should do it. You should even be able to scrub back to the very beginning so you won't have to miss a second of the opening logos and titles. Here's what's going on in the background:

    You rent/buy a show from iTunes using your AppleID. All apple videos are embedded with DRM code (Digital Rights Management). This is a scheme that, among other things, checks that the video you are trying to watch is legit and something you are in fact authorized to play. When you press "Play" to start the video your device automatically logs in to Apple iTunes servers and compares the AppleID used to buy the video with the AppleID that the device is logged in to. If they agree the video plays. If they don't agree or if the device can't get to the servers, like because you have no internet at 39,000 feet, then it won't play. You won't see any of this but trust me it's happening.

    In the case of rented content you have 24 hours to finish watching from the time the video started. So consider this time restraint when you first start the video. In the case of bought content the device will periodically check authorization so don't assume that a show that you started watching last month is good to go. Always start the video and pause just before you board to play it safe.
     
  10. jetsam macrumors 6502

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    I have rented numerous movies from the iTunes store to play offline on an airplane. I have been doing this since the iPad 1. I have never had to start a movie online in order to get it to play.

    The Apple support article about renting movies says:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201611
     

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