HT1657: iTunes Store: Movie rental frequently asked questions (FAQ)Learn about iTunes Store: Movie rental frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 11:15 AM (in response to Susangrillo)
As long as the film has been fully downloaded to the iPad's Videos app then you should be able to watch it whilst offline - you shouldn't need to have started watching it before you get on the plane, and once you start watching it you have 24 hours if you are in the US, 48 hours elsewhere, to finish watching it before it expires.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 11:20 AM (in response to King_Penguin)
The movie did not download to the video app - it downloaded to the itune app. When I purchase a program, it does download to the video app, but it seems that if I rent it, it only goes to the itune app. Will I still be able to watch the movie on the airplane from the itune app? Thank you so much!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 11:35 AM (in response to Susangrillo)
All films, including rentals, should download to the Videos app - do they not appear in the Movies tab in the Videos app ?
The iTunes app does require an internet connection as that is the store.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 3:32 PM (in response to Susangrillo)
I rented 8 movies from the iTunes Store, downloaded them completely in Australia. They appear under "rentals" in the VIDEO app. When I try to play them while connected they give the warning "do you want to play this rented movie.? It will expire 48 hours after you start watching it." So I figure I'll save them for viewing on my 30 hour plane ride to the USA. On the plane (with no connection) I press PLAY and get the message "movie cannot be played - OK?"
Brilliant - Apple strikes again. Wouldn't it occur to Apple that watching a rented movie is just the sort of thing you would like to do when you are (a) on an airplane (b) in a remote location where there is no Internet.? Dumb - just plain stupid really.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 4:14 PM (in response to honeyface)
I agree. I guess Apple wants you to purchase and not rent! Even if the plane has Wifi on it, I cannot watch HBOGo to which I have a subscription. That's why I was wondering if I could get around it by playing the movie but not quite finishing it, rewinding and then starting it from the beginning. I fly so much and don't want to pay $15-$20 for a purchased movie!! There has to be a way!! I also don't want to hold my heavy laptop and rent a DVD from a Redbox. My battery only lasts maybe two hours. Then, I would have to find a Redbox at my destination. USAir took out all video so it doesn't even show a movie. I haven't subscribed to Netflix but I assume it's the same deal - no watching even if the plane has Wifi????
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 4:27 PM (in response to King_Penguin)
Yes, now that I know to click on the rental tab (duh!), it does show. Have you actually watched a rental on an airplane??
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 6:00 PM (in response to Susangrillo)
Susan - no - and that's my whole gripe. When I'm on a plane and when I am at a remote location is when I am most likely to want to watch a RENTALvideo - but I can't because Apple is not providing what customers want. They providing what they want.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2013 3:54 AM (in response to Susangrillo)
Well that ***... It took me 12 hrs to download a rental today so I can specifically watch on a plane!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2013 11:26 AM (in response to Susangrillo)
Good news to report! I downloaded a rental movie to the iTunes Video tab, began watching it at the airport and finished watching in on the airplane. It definitely does work. No Wifi needed. I did not try my idea of first watchig and then rewinding....it just worked!!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2013 8:04 AM (in response to Susangrillo)
I'rented movies and started to watch them on a plane on several occasions. I was quite happy about that, and that what get me in renting movies on iTunes in the first place.
But on my last 2 trips, I wasn't able to watch the movie from the plane. I had to have an Internet connection to make it work.
I guess it kills any reason to keep renting movies on iTunes to me... How stupid is that?
Also when renting a movie, you have clear informations about how many time you'll get access to the content. Why not making clear infos that an internet connection is require? Feels like a swindle.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 3:18 PM (in response to J-2K)
I was able to watch rented movies on my recent flights without a problem from the Rented tab on the Video's app. No Wifi needed. Now, this was in the US so I cannot speak for international flights but it appears that once it is downloaded, it is downloaded and you should be able to watch.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 4:10 PM (in response to Susangrillo)
Did you purchase this movies 24 hours before to watch them in the plane? Or was it several days before you fly?
Thanks for sharing
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 5:01 PM (in response to J-2K)
Since it took a few hours to download each movie, I started a couple of days ahead of time. You then have 30 days to watch them. Once you click Start, you have 24 hours to watch the movie. Worked like a charm! Very very happy!! I didn't purchase them - I rented them. Purchase will last forever but very expensive compared to renting. I am not sure why some of the others who responded to this thread had any issue. Again - international v. domestic??