Will Rentals EVER Happen

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by BoulderBum, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    I just got my TV to be able to use my Apple TV yesterday. Woo hoo!

    My first impressions are that it's pretty cool. The YouTube feature is more useful than I thought it would be (though I can't seem to pull up my personal videos after I log in), but, well, the device is kind of lackluster without rentals. Rentals are the only reason I bought the thing and, like many here, I bought the Apple TV the very day they made the anouncement.

    Now, however, I'm getting a little worried.

    "Take 2 in two weeks" became "just a week or two more" which became "okay, just a week or two more". This is a little troubling by itself, but I also noticed that the iTunes store doesn't seem to be getting a new stock of rentals, either. People are renting the same old movies as they were a month ago.

    Everything is probably okay and they're just working out the kinks and establishing their system, but a little voice in the back of my head is starting to ask the question of if everything is really okay. Could licensing fall apart? Are there problems behind the scenes beyond technical? Could I have just purchased a $230 paperweight that won't REALLY be able to get all the rentals I planned never to get again from Blockbuster?
  2. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    There's nothing to be worried about, just give it another week or so for Take 2, and expect new movies to be continually added from that point on every week or two. Big companies aren't really known for rolling stuff out on time, but when they make near term announcements like this, they don't just fall apart.
  3. PROJECT359 macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2007
    Texas, USA

    Very unlikely. If you check iTunes, you will see that Rentals are appearing nearly everyday. Seems like there is no issue there. Plus, Apple would have fully secured any licensing deal before the announcement.

    There is more to Apple TV than rentals. In my opinion, if a user only buys one for rentals, they're missing out on other features.

    Sit back, relax, get to know your new gizmo and wait patiently for the cool new update.
  4. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I wouldn't expect the rentals until the end of the month. (No, I don't have any inside info, just a hunch)
  5. BoulderBum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    Heard THAT one before. ;)

    Okay, maybe I'm being a little hysterical, but Apple did a bad job of setting some unrealistic expectations and they aren't doing a good job as to communicating why everything is taking so long.

    I guess it's the mystery that's troubling.
  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    That's really just the way these things work. For better or worse, if you stick around you'll get used to it in no time.
  7. ayale99 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    I like my paperweight because it streams movies to my tv. Rentals, just a bonus option to me.
  8. Subiklim macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2006
    Manhattan, New York
    If Apple making you wait another two weeks for a simple software update makes you this frantic, I think you have another problem...

  9. kbunch macrumors member


    Dec 15, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    I too bought my :apple:TV for rentals and I am getting very frustrated. Since I have bought it there have been several occasions where my wife and I wanted to rent a movie and curl up on the couch after putting the baby down for bed. But we got stuck renting it on the Macbook and just watching it in bed. I am sure the update is coming soon. I am hoping for early next week.

    I do also use the :apple:TV for TV shows that I already have in my iTunes Library.
  10. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
    Communicating? Mystery? Remember, this is APPLE we're talking about.
  11. Marvin1379 macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    New York
    Take 2 might have widgets incorporated too, so they may be working out the kinks. I'd rather have a nicely working products, rather than ranting and raving that "they should have done this" when it doesn't work well. Give it time...we're all in the same boat. I can't wait for renting off my TV!!
  12. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    MacNN digs up an AppleTV widget patent from August 2006, and you just assume "oh, this is probably a secret feature in the new software that's coming out next week!" Not going to happen.
  13. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    I just hope they enable us to sync events in iPhoto and enable me to browse photos rather than just view slideshows
  14. BoulderBum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    I guess I'm a PC guy, I'm still getting used to this Apple stuff. :)
  15. netdoc66 macrumors regular


    Jun 27, 2007
    New Jersey
    You should be used to lies if you're a PC guy ;). DOn't believe anything these CEO liar's have to say. I remember buying the thing day one. Thinking they're gonna do great things with this. Now I know better then to get excited when Steve Jobs opens his mouth to lie about how great apple is. I have not had the same enthusiasm for new Apple products since I brought my macbook with the defective case and faulty logic board & fan. I'll upgrade my stuff only if i have to, not because they make announcements. That would be just stupid...:apple:
  16. HotRodGuy macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    Huntington Beach, CA -> Raleigh, NC
    it'd also be nice if they'd let us PC users use a program other then Adobe Photoshop Album which is the biggest PITA i've ever experienced

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