Watching iTunes shows/movies on TV. Question.

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  1. Blue Hawk macrumors 6502

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    Hi.

    I’ve read that it’s not possible to watch shows or movies from iTunes on your TV when you’re connecting your MacBook Pro with HDMI to your TV. Due Copyright reasons. Is that true?? Wanted to try it on a Panasonic TV from a few years ago. It also supports HDCP and it’s a 1080p TV.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I never heard that, and that doesn't make sense at all. You're using the TV like a monitor at that point. I've watched plenty of movies and shows on my TV from my laptop.
     
  3. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    I think the issue comes up when watching 4k movies from the iTunes store. 4K requires playback using an Apple TV and a TV that supports HMDI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.
     
  4. Patcell macrumors 6502

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    You can absolutely connect your computer to your TV and watch any iTunes content on the big screen. By far the easiest way is via Apple TV; however, connecting your computer directly to the TV will work just fine.

    I don't even think Apple lets you download 4K versions to your computer, so it shouldn't be an issue. Only way to get 4K iTunes content to a TV is with an Apple TV 4K.
     
  5. danmart macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, sometimes you can’t view media on your TV due to copyright... HDMI includes the capability to enforce DRM, i.e. the target device ‘promises’ not to record the content. Some older devices lack this capability, and the player may refuse to play in this instance.

    I have also experienced situations where a device has failed to ‘hand shake’ effectively and playback is again blocked. In that case some sequence of re-booting all the devices whilst the HDMI cable is in situ can break through hand shaking issues.

    An old cable can also increase the likelihood of problems being experienced.

    But, new-ish Mac, new-ish TV and new-ish cable should work for 1080P.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Ahhh, I don't have a 4k tv, so that would never have occurred with my set up.
     
  7. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    I have a 4K TV but I have a HTPC that I used for 4k playback of non-iTunes 4k media and an Apple TV 4k for my iTunes/Movies Anywhere library.

    I find the ATV 4K to be a very impressive device for image quality and ease of use.
     
  8. Blue Hawk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I’ve just buyed an USB-C HDMI cable and i hope i can watch my buyed iTunes show on the TV. Have the Pro 2018 and Panasonic from 2015 i think.
     
  9. Patcell macrumors 6502

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    You should not have a problem with that setup.
     
  10. Blue Hawk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you. I will try. Apple doesn’t have them but found an USB-C HDMI cable at Amazon. Can’t wait to try it.
     

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