7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2013 7:39 AM by Michael Allbritton
Bryan Webster Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I want to buy movies in iTunes and have them available on the apple tv.  However before i commit to this I have a couple of questions

 

1) How many apple tvs can i associate with my apple ID to view my movies on

 

2) I don't want to download and store the movies on my ccomputer, I just want to puchase them and have them available in the cloud when I need them.  Do apple guarentee my movies will always be available after i purchase them...for example what if the studio no longer wants to sell on iTunes, what will happen to my movie I have paid for?

  • 1. Re: movies in the cloud
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    1. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4627?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

    Your Apple ID can have 10 total devices associated with it.

     

    2. iTunes in the cloud is not a back up service. If the studio removed a movie you've purchased from the store for any reaso you will lose that movie in the cloud. You need to download all purchases and at a minimum back them up to an external HDD. This is what Apple advises you to do. They do not guarantee purchases will always be available in the cloud.

  • 2. Re: movies in the cloud
    Bryan Webster Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Michael

     

    1) I have 2 apple TVs and they both see my purchased content, but they don't show up in manage devices, it just shows my mac, my iphone and 2 ipads.

     

    2) If that is the case then it is a real bad user experiance as i thought the whole point of the latest apple tv was you can stream your purchases straight to it without having to have you pc/laptop on.  I thought steve jobs whole iCloud point was to stop having the pc as the central hub and to have the cloud as the central hub

  • 3. Re: movies in the cloud
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Bryan Webster wrote:

     

    1) I have 2 apple TVs and they both see my purchased content, but they don't show up in manage devices, it just shows my mac, my iphone and 2 ipads.

    Found this in the iTunes Store TOS: "An Apple TV is not an “Associated Device.” However, TV show iTunes Products and purchased (i.e. not rented) movies iTunes Products may be played back on compatible Apple TVs, provided that you may only play back any such TV show or movie on a limited number of Apple TVs at the same time." So it appears you may have an unlimited number of ATVs associated with an Apple ID.

     

    Bryan Webster wrote:

     

    2) If that is the case then it is a real bad user experiance as i thought the whole point of the latest apple tv was you can stream your purchases straight to it without having to have you pc/laptop on.  I thought steve jobs whole iCloud point was to stop having the pc as the central hub and to have the cloud as the central hub

    You are correct about Jobs' public statements for the cloud. You'll have to talk to the movie studios about removing items from the store, though. They control the copyrights, not Apple.

  • 4. Re: movies in the cloud
    Bryan Webster Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Michael thanks for the reply again.  Bit disapointed as that is not a good user experiance if previously purchased content is removed and can never be downloaded again.

     

    I understand what you say about download it to your PC and back it up but in that scenario to watch it on the apple tv you would have to have the PC on all the time which is what I was trying to avoid.

  • 5. Re: movies in the cloud
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Bryan Webster wrote:

     

    Hi Michael thanks for the reply again.  Bit disapointed as that is not a good user experiance if previously purchased content is removed and can never be downloaded again.

    Again, you'll have to talk to the movie studios that hold the copyrights on the digital movies. They control what is available for sale and re-download.

     

    Bryan Webster wrote:

     

    I understand what you say about download it to your PC and back it up but in that scenario to watch it on the apple tv you would have to have the PC on all the time which is what I was trying to avoid.

    Not necessarily. For the time being, as long as your purchased content is available in the cloud you don't have to have the computer on and iTunes running all the time. However by downloading and backing up the video content you will still have it available to you if the movie studio decides to stop selling that particular digital movie or to issue a different edition. Keep in mind that the content owners don't care about your user experience and whether it is good or not or giving you access to your purchased content in the cloud for the foreseeable future. All they care about is getting your money. And if they can get your money more than once for the same thing then they are very happy.

  • 6. Re: movies in the cloud
    Bryan Webster Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I think it is apple who should be talking to the movie studios not the end user they should have the deal i place that anyone who has bought something will always have access in the cloud to what they have bought.

     

    I guess the only other thing to consider is how likely it is that a studio will pull the content from iTunes.

  • 7. Re: movies in the cloud
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Bryan Webster wrote:

     

    I think it is apple who should be talking to the movie studios not the end user they should have the deal i place that anyone who has bought something will always have access in the cloud to what they have bought.

    True. My point was that Apple has very little control over what the content owners give them to sell. But hearing from end users might hold some sway with them.