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Any way to watch DRM'd movies in iTunes when no internet is available?

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slakrboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 18, 2012 8:36 AM

I just installed a Mac Mini as a media server in my camper, but I found out the hard way this weekend that I cannot watch any DRM'd content when there is no internet access available.  iTunes wants to log in, but since I cant login it won't play any TV shows or movies I've bought off iTunes, or even sync my iPone or iPad which totaly defeats the purpose of the Mac Mini.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  By the way, once internet access is availble, I can log into iTunes and it will work until I turn the Mac off again.


I was very lucky in that I had one bar and I activated internet sharing on my phone so I could login to iTunes, but I was not happy about the $20 fee my provider charged me.  In most cases my phone has no signal when we camp - thanks for the terrible coverage, Sprint.


Anyway, is there a way to keep iTunes authorized to play my DRM'd TV shows and movies even if there is no internet access?

Mac mini (Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)

    I keep on hearing this both ways on this issue.  Many state clearly here they have no problems playing movies on authorized computers when in mid flight and no Internet access.  Others say you have to have access when starting to play the moveis but can then continue without.  Then the story splits on what has to be done with purchases vs. rentals.


    I am assuming your computer was authorized in general for your media at some earlier stage?


    After downloading a rented movie, do I need Internet connection to watch it? - - No, you don't need a connection.


    Do you have to have an internet connection to watch a rented movie from itunes? - - Yes, you do need a connection.


    Internet connection for rented movies? - - No, you do not need a connection.


    Can you watch a rented movie without internet connection? -

  ml - No, you do not need a connection.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)

    Something else is going on as iTunes does not require internet access to play DRM items after the computer is authorized.

    You are not deauthorizing the computer, are you?


    If iTunes keeps asking for your password when you launch it, turn off Ping.

    View your iTunes account to turn it off.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)

    I had initially planned on using an ATV and Airplay from my iPhone or iPad, but found out I need an internet connection for that, no way around it.

    You don't need an internet connection.

    You do need a wifi network, which you can get with a wifi router (such AirPort Express).

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)

    slakrboy wrote:


    Unfortunatly for Apple TV, you DO need internet access. 

    Only to initally enable Home Sharing (it uses your iTunes account) or to access the iTunes store items. To access your iTunes library on your computer, it does not need internet access.

    If you don't log in, the Apple TV only gives you access to Settings.

    Why are you logging out on the AppleTV?

    Also, there are other ways to access the internet, not just Wifi.


    But you don't need internet (after device is authorized) after you turn on Home Sharing to access your iTunes library using the AppleTV or using AirPlay from iPad to AppleTV.


    As for the Mac Mini, I will disable Ping and Home Sharing

    Don't disable Home Sharing.


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