Upgrading Purchased iTunes movies to 1080p

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  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

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    I've purchased about 100 movies on iTunes over the years, and I am now trying to figure out how to delete those old 720p movie purchases and re-download the 1080p version.

    I've tried and failed doing so with a half dozen movies so far. I know that not all movies on the iTunes Store support re-downloading the upgraded version of the movie because not all movies studios have signed-off on 'movies in the cloud', and that might be my problem.

    Let's take the movie 'The Incredibles' as an example... A year or two ago, I purchased this movie on the iTunes store (it's a 'Protected MPEG-4 video file') and the version on my computer is 1.6GB (853x354 res). Obviously a lower than HD version. The 1080p version is offered for sale on the iTunes store and it says that it's a 3.25GB file.

    So I delete the non-HD legacy download off my machine, then visit the 'Purchased Movies' section of the iTunes store, and try re-downloading the updated file, and it simply starts downloading a 1.6GB version of the movie, not the HD copy.

    I've made sure my iTunes' Preferences are configured so 'When downloading High-Definition videos, prefer 1080p" is set, but it's still downloading the smaller version of the movie.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!
     
  2. logana macrumors 65816

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    Maybe something to do with you maybe purchasing the SD version and not the HD version ?

    The SD version is 1.6GB - I am not aware of a free upgrade to HD if you purchase the SD version.......
     
  3. m021478 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's definitely it. Oversight on my part. Thanks for clarifying!
     
  4. Rockoar macrumors regular

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    Apple/Film studios are demanding premium fees for HD content so you'll have to pay to get it.
     

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