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HT4448 If I rented movie on ITunes on Mac, can I watch on Apple TV

52042 Views 24 Replies Latest reply: Apr 6, 2014 6:49 PM by Jmsoth RSS
  • KaitainCPS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    "Click on the one that contains your rented movie.  Start playing."


    It doesn't show up anywhere. Certainly not in 'Movies', and there are no other sections which are relevant.

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi KaitainCPS,


    Are you sure you have "Home Sharing" activated on the computer you rented the movie AND on your Apple TV?


    Just checking as this is the key to making this procedure work.


    Also, do you have iTunes set up on your computer so the traditional menu column appears on the left side.  It is not visible by default in the latest version?


    Apple TV and iTunes running most recent software versions?

  • Aquatic999 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree with Kaiain. It does not work. No sign of my rented movie but everything else appears and is watchable. I, however, have a 1st Gen ATV!

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Aquatic999,


    You nailed it.  Home Sharing functionality is not available on the Apple TV 1st Generation...only 2nd and 3rd.


    For others who want to use this method to watch movies rented on your computer on your television via an Apple TV examine this link:



    Best, Mr. Luigi

  • gotomikee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I must add that it is crucial to make sure that your ATV is signed in under the SAME user_name as your iTunes. Most of us have several user_names or accounts with iTunes. And so far, Apple with not let us 'consolidate' all our user_names into one. So If your iTunes is on but signed in under a different user_name than your ATV is; you will NOT find that rented movie on your TV or ATV. I just spent 50 minutes figuring this out!!!

  • Shellinaya Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Most of us have several accounts?  Really?  I have had one iTunes/Apple account in the last 10 years, never saw any reason to have more than one.


    Suffice it to say that is not the problem. I still can't play rented movies  on Apple TV unless I rented them using Apple TV. The wheel spins forever. I have given up on my Apple TV doing what I want it to do and Apple doesn't seem to care. They are too busy adding crappy sports channels to Apple TV that no one in my house will ever watch. It just junks up my menus but I guess they think we're all a bunch of sports fanatics.  (And Korean TV?  Who the **** wants THAT?)

  • red-seven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So basically you have to pay twice to rent the movie. Why is everyone so polite?  This is ridiculous. The Apple TV even asks you if you want to rent twice instead of saying that's fine you have 22 hours left to watch. My admiration for apple has evaporated.

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,020 points)

    If you rented the movie on your computer then you can certainly view it on Apple TV, by using the Computers icon. No need to rent twice.


    If you rent it directly on ATV then you can only view it there, and this is due to limitations put in place by the studios.

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi red-seven,


    No...I don't believe what you say is right.  Please see my comment 4 posts up.  It is dated Aug. 18, 2013.  Unless you have a 1st generation Apple TV you CAN watch movies on your Apple TV that were rented on your computer using Home Sharing.


    No need to buy the movie twice and no need to let the good vibes evaporate in the cosmic abyss.


    Best regards, Mr. Luigi

  • Jmsoth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have home sharing set up, with the new itunes you just have select your apple tv in "devices", go to "movies" and move the rented movie over to the apple tv column, easy peasy. EXCEPT it takes hours and hours to sync, and you can't start watching the movie until it's completely downloaded. Remember we are talking about the first generation apple tv, it works differently from the newer ones. I do have a third generation apple tv but I stupidly hooked it up to a smaller tv and I can't unhook it because of it's location. I thought I would watch a movie on the bigger tv and that's where I ran into this problem.


    Wow, way too much information. I really need to go buy another ATV or two.

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