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ATV 3 movie downloads

325 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2012 3:08 AM by mikeguil RSS
mikeguil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 7, 2012 5:34 PM

We just bought the ATV 3. We don't have great hi-speed (about 5MBs) and I know the download will take time, however, shouldn't the ATV keep downloading the movie without having to sit on the download screen?  It seems that if we leave ATV the download stops.  As long as I'm in iTunes it'll download, but when I leave, the download stops and I have to resume the download.  I assumed that the ATV would download the movie in background, even if we were watching regular TV, as long as the ATV was connected to Wifi.  Is this not correct?

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (12,915 points)
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    Aug 7, 2012 7:17 PM (in response to mikeguil)

    No. The ATV 3 does not have accessible storage, it is simply caching the stream temporarily. If you access other content or turn the device off the content will be flushed and require reload. 


    If you are receiving a sustainted rate of 5mbps (can be verified at then it shouldn't be too long before it is 'ready to watch'. You don't have to wait for the full film to load.


    If you want to store the film for later viewing you can rent on your computer and stream via home-sharing.

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (12,915 points)
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    Aug 7, 2012 8:10 PM (in response to mikeguil)

    That's correct. It is not downloaded anywhere, it is a streaming only device.


    If you want it to be stored it needs to be on the computer


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