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Watching RENTED movie on flight (i.e. no wi-fi or 3G available)

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GLBOregon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 23, 2010 5:04 PM
I saw the following statement in the article titled "Viewing and downloading HD content on iPad" that says "An Internet connection to the iTunes Store is required to authorize playback of movie rentals." Does that mean that I can not watch a rented movie on a flight where there would be no internet connection? Has anyone rented an HD movie and watched it in-flight?
  • DCGOO Level 3 Level 3 (760 points)
    The authorization takes place when syncing between the computer that downloaded it, and the iPhone/iPod/iPad. The actual viewing does not require Internet to watch it.
    MBP 17, MBP 15 i7, Powerbook G4, iMac 20, 32gig iPhone3Gs, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • StevePug2 Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    I second DCGOO. Just watched one without any wifi connection. BTW, those HD movies take up a lot of space on your iPad (about 5 to 6 gigs) and cost a buck more and although they look great, the regular def movies look pretty darned good too. HD also take about an hour to download and you can't watch them until they're all downloaded (you can't download anything else while that happens either and if you pause the HD download for any reason, it restarts from the very beginning again!).

    Oh, and welcome to Apple Discussions!
    iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • Blondie needs help Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Rented movies are great for flights !!!!! No problem
    Ipad, Other OS
  • StevePug2 Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    It takes over an hour with wifi but you can certainly rent them from the iTunes store on your computer and then watch them on whatever platform you want, the computer (as well as other authorized computers), your iPhone, Touch or iPad, which you get to them by synching. However, I've never done it that way so I don't know how long it takes to transfer them by a sync or if it's faster than wifi. But you can sync HD as well as regular def.
    iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    GLBOregon wrote:
    ....which sounds incredibly slow on a wi-fi connection.

    Wifi is the fastest way on the iPad. Way better than 3G.
    Dell, iPad 3G, iPhone., Other OS
  • Waymen Level 5 Level 5 (5,635 points)
    The vast majority of the HD rentals on the iTunes Store can only be rented and viewed on the Apple TV or the iPad. In these cases you aren't even given the option of renting the HD content if you are running on a Mac or PC. Thus, some (few) HD movies can be rented on the Mac/PC but most are only available on the Apple TV or iPad.

    This confuses a lot of users who then complain that there isn't much HD movie content on the iTunes Store. However, that is only because those users are accessing the store from a Mac/PC rather than from an Apple TV (or now iPad, which frankly I don't think really needs HD for most viewing).
    Mac Pro 2.66GHz 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11), MacBook 2.0GHz 2GB SDRAM on Mac OS X 10.5.6
  • plarkin Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
    Do what I did...splurge a little and rent or buy an HD movie and decide for yourself (you'll get the SD version included as well). HD looks great, but SD looks pretty good too and is cheaper, not to mention smaller in size. Plus, I can watch the SD version on my iPod if I want.
    Mac Mini 1.83 GHz 2 GB SuperDrive, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPad 64GB 3G, iPod Touch 32GB 2nd Gen
  • StevePug2 Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    Thanks for the corrective elaboration regarding HD syncing from a computer. That's good to know. I also agree with you that the HD doesn't make that big a difference on the iPad, but check it out for yourselves, definitely. It only costs a buck to see (and some extra download time and space). It was nice, but I only find it really compelling for certain films (like big sic-fi productions). It seems wasted on smaller, dramatic films.
    iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • iPad_Traveler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Had this problem on my current trIp. Rented multiple movies. I was only able to watch the one I started to view before departure. Couldn't even watch at connecting airport (europe). When I got to hotel and i connected to wi-fi I was once again able to view. So I have experienced this first hand. Movies are in standard def.
    iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • Fluffsmoke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Are rented movies considered downloads, so internet connection not necessary for watching? You seemed to have no problems, but iPad_Traveler apparently did. I'm confused. Also, where is a good place for movie downloads? Netflix had limited choice of movies for rent.
  • HappySwitcher Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Can someone confirm the above with OS5?


    I am in the process of downloading a rented movie from itunes for the purpose of watching it on an flight with no internet connection.


    Then I find this: "An Internet connection to the iTunes Store is required to authorize playback of movie rentals."

    (This advisory is NOWHERE near the page where the actual purchase is made, by the way...)


    I will NOT be starting the movie before the flight where I will have internet, bc I don't know if I want to watch it within the fist 24 hours...

  • Kslamb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't fully understand.  I rented a few movies from itunes directly on my ipad, not from "another computer".  And, when I tried to watch them on my flight it said that I have to have wifi to do so.  It sounds like you are stating that the sync should have happened automatically but it obviously didn't.  Can you help?  What steps do I take to sync and be able to watch these without a connection.  They are showing in my purchased music list but I still can't watch them without wifi a this point.  thanks...

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