Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 9:58 AM (in response to syncmesilly89)
If you got it from the itunes store, it has DRM that can only be "decoded" in iTunes. I am pretty sure that Quicktime cannot deal with DRM. This is why i never buy from the store and instead buy the disc and rip it to get rid of DRM. Apple needs to push for the removal of DRM from movies/TV shows like they did for music. DRM only ennoys legit users and pirates always find a way to defeat it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to syncmesilly89)
iTunes is where they are supposed to be played. That's why they work there. If you want a different result, look for a different source for your movies.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 10:51 AM (in response to Laurent Seroude)
QuickTime Player has no trouble playing "protected" .m4v files purchased from the iTunes Store.
iTunes is the "default" player but it uses the same QuickTime components to play .m4v purchased videos.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 9:18 PM (in response to QuickTimeKirk)
I thought, as QuickTimeKirk said, that Quicktime can play DRM protected video files purchased from the iTunes store even considering that iTunes is the default player. But Quicktime, in my case, can only play the SD videos and no the HD videos.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2012 4:41 AM (in response to syncmesilly89)
Having the exact same problem. But, surprisingly, quicktime is able to play HD TV shows purchased on iTunes, just not HD movies.
Note: Quicktime Player is also *supposed* to play these videos -- as per Apple's own website. So it's a shame that Apple doesn't do what it says. Plus, the reason I prefer to use quicktime is that videos play rather choppily when played through iTunes, in spite of the fact that my PC far exceeds the requirements listed by iTunes. So, another case of Apple not doing what it says.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 9:56 PM (in response to syncmesilly89)
I have also the same problem. I bought a HD video music from itunes, downloaded it successfully on my iMac but when I want to see it through my itunes, I have the message "this movie cannot be played on this computer". Strangely, through Apple TV, on my iCloud account, I can see it. Can someone help me?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2012 4:18 PM (in response to syncmesilly89)
I have the same problem (today). Is there an APPLE update available?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 5:12 PM (in response to syncmesilly89)
I used to rip some original DVD I had so I could play them in my iPad or my Mac mini (sometimes is easier than playing on a DVD set and helps to avoid scratches on the original disc). The HandBrake worked fine (even with .m4v extention), but since I've moved to Mountain Lion, quicktime refuses to play those files because "...a codec is not available...".
The funny thing is that Quicktime 7 and VLC in my Mac, and OPlayerHD, GPlayer and the iPad itself play the file without any problem.
So, I think that talking about protected files, DRM and playing only files purchased in iTunes (what is the big deal if you can play anywhere else) is very hard to believe.
I still believe it is a flaw in the QT Player
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 3:38 AM (in response to syncmesilly89)
You can play the purchased FairPlay protected movies on ANY Mac or PC with the QuickTime Player. It only requires to install iTunes on it to enable this computer with your iTunes Store credentials to play your purchases. You can do this on 5 computers at one time. Don't forget to disable the computer via iTunes, if it's not needed anymore.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 4:35 AM (in response to syncmesilly89)
Matthias, since you are from outside USA, like me, is there any issue about QT Player displaying subtitles?
Asking you because since I've upgraded to Lion, besides not playing .m4v files, QT Player didn't recognize .srt subtitles files, even when I play .mp4 or .avi archives.
And for the record:
1 - I use the latest version of Perian
2 - Quicktime 7 and VLC play everything with subtitles (I may also turn them on and off)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 11:15 AM (in response to maurocau)
I've just tested it on a mac mini (10.5.8, QT 7.7) and a macbook (10.6.8, QT 7.7.1 and 10.0) with an purchased itunes movie. No issues here but the subtitles are embedded in this video and aren't a single .srt file. So it may be an issue in Lion's QT 10.1.