Time to download HD Rental

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Vikash, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Vikash macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2007
    Hi guys,

    Have been searching the forum, but everyone seems to be saying something else...

    I have a 5 mbps connection (550 kilobytes per second). So, how long would it take to download a HD Rental? And after what time will I be able to watch it?

    SD movies become watchable after 1/2 minutes.

    Thanks for the answer :)
  2. megfilmworks macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    I've been getting HD downloads on my 5 mbps cable in 90-100 minutes with start to watch: approx. 1 minute
  3. brogers macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2002
    Greensboro, NC
    Well, I use Time Warner's Road Runner and it took about three minutes for Apple TV to say I could watch the movie (HD rental), but I waited and popped some popcorn. I think it took about 30 minutes to completely download, but I was not really counting. Overall, my two HD rental experiences have been as expected...no issues all.

  4. Avatar74 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    I have 15 Mbps downstream FIOS from Verizon.

    I'm not sure about how long it takes to download a feature-length HD film entirely, but they're buffered enough to be watchable without any errors in about 15-20 seconds. It should take about 30 minutes to download an entire HD feature at this speed, but that varies depending on numerous factors including network traffic on the sender's end. Often, Apple seems to keep the download shaved back just far enough that the bistream runs almost realtime... i.e. around 5 megabits per second, corresponding with the HD bitstream's own data rate. At that rate, it would take 120 minutes to download a 120 minute feature, assuming you have better than a 5 Mbps connection (10-20% of your bandwidth is lost to background processes).

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