Why cant i rent/download HD content from itunes on my Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by danedane5, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. danedane5 macrumors member

    danedane5

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    I dont see why you can only do that on AppleTV, its just annoying. I have a Mac mini that i pretty much use a media center for my dormroom, and its plugged into a HD tv, and it KILLS me that i cant download HD movies onto it. is there a workaround or anything ? Im running Leopard.
     
  2. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not saying I like it or agree with it, but I think Apple's rationale is that movies downloaded via iTunes are for playback on any iTunes enabled device, which includes the original video iPods, so they limit the resolution/bitrate to be playable on the least of those devices. Movie downloads on the :apple:TV are only playable on the :apple:TV (you can't sync them back to iTunes), so they can be up to the resolution maximum of the :apple:TV
     
  3. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Annoys me too. They should give us the choice. Why can't I get HD content on my £2000+ MBP, but I can if I buy an :apple:TV worth £199 - £269....

    Damn apple. I know they want me to buy both... But its just not going to happen!
     
  4. godslabrat macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, the lack of HD support from iTunes is an artificial restriction. Shame, because <$5 for an HD rental seemed like a good deal to me. Oh well, Netflix can get my business, kthanxbye!
     
  5. danedane5 thread starter macrumors member

    danedane5

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    Hmm

    I agree, i just got a glossy 15 inch MBP and i think i should be able to download HD movies, instead of having to do it the old sharing way..:cool:
     
  6. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Probably because there's not *really* a great advantage in renting HD video when you're playing it on a computer. Yeah, I guess the option would be nice, but some of the dumber people would probably complain when the movie wouldn't sync with an iPod.

    I'm a big advocate of getting Blu-ray on Macs, but I really just want that so I can have another place to play those movies. Sure, they'd look better than my DVDs, but I really just want to put them in digital format using something like HandBrake so I can port them.
     

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