- Jul 1, 2012
I didn't know this, thanks for the tip. Although now I have to find a large enough hard drive to buy. I have about 100 movies. I have had obscure tv show's I've bought disappear before. The thing I always assumed was that even if I had downloaded it, there would be some sort of licensing check when I went to watch it, and it wouldn't play, but I guess not.You don't actually own the movie unless you download it to your hard drive and keep it there. Everything that it kept in the cloud is subject to removal. So in a nutshell, you're only renting the right to watch the movie while it is still available on the cloud.
If you don't want this to happen again, I'd download every movie to a very large hard drive (you'll need it).
Apple must maintain the license to rent/sell the movie in order for it to remain in the cloud. They can and will drop movies to make room for new titles and when the distributor no longer wants them to distribute the movie. Please note that is true for any movie that you purchase from any site in the world that you don't physically download a copy of... not just Apple.
You want an actual movie archive, you need to store the content yourself at your expense, not rely on a third party.