12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2010 11:10 AM by Elsey97
Joseph Nowak Level 2 (160 points)
I rented 2 movies this weekend on Macs homeshared to my Apple TV 2 and logged into the same iTunes account. Neither would play on the Apple TV 2. Both times I received the error -- "not authorized to play this content on this Apple TV".

The 2 movies were Iron Man 2 and Freakonomics. I spent an hour on the phone with Apple on the Iron Man 2 rental. Ultimately they said since the movie was no longer available to rent on the iTunes store at the time I tried to play it, it would not play on ATV 2. They gave me a rental credit.

I then rented Freakonomics (in HD) on my iMac. It is still available for rent on the iTunes store. When I tried to play it on my Apple TV 2 from my shared iMac iTunes library, it also returned the error, "not authorized to play this content on this Apple TV".

So I must ask - has anyone successfully rented any movie on their Mac and then successfully played it on their Apple TV 2?

Apple TV 2 (2010), Mac OS X (10.6.4), iMac 2007
  • Joseph Nowak Level 2 (160 points)
    I can rent TV shows on a Mac and watch those on the ATV 2. Just not movies, it seems.
  • Razor NZ Level 1 (5 points)
    Yes I did this last night, had a rented movie sitting on my mac in iTunes which I streamed to my telly with ATV2.

    One thing I have noticed is once you have viewed your movie you usually get a time limit placed on said movie. Mine still says I have 16 days 3 hrs left to view it.

    Does seem a bit strange that you can view TV Shows but not Movies.

    Message was edited by: Razor NZ
  • Joseph Nowak Level 2 (160 points)
    Thanks Raznor. I see that you are in New Zealand. I wonder if the US Apple Store is different?
  • Joseph Nowak Level 2 (160 points)
    Clarification - has anyone successfully rented a movie from the US iTunes store on their Mac and then streamed that movie to their Apple TV?
  • my AKA Level 1 (0 points)
    ....as posted earlier Joseph;

    We watch a movie we rented about 15 days ago, a classic drama "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" My wife started watching this morning and we just finish re-watching the entirety this evening. This was downloaded to my iMac and streamed to the ATV2. We live in Florida.
  • Joseph Nowak Level 2 (160 points)
    Thanks my AKA. Apple tells me my movie rental file download was corrupt and would not play. I have asked the iTunes store for a credit.

    It's not easy to troubleshoot rentals because I only want to try them at a time I will actually be able to watch them.
  • Joseph Nowak Level 2 (160 points)
    I successfully rented "The Triplets of Belleville" on my iMac and streamed it to my ATV2.

    Apparently my prior 2 rentals (Iron Man 2 and Freakonomics) were corrupted files that would not play. Apple refunded the rental fees.
  • savchops Level 1 (0 points)
    i am from NZ and i was curious as to whether the selection of movies you get on NZ iTunes 10 is the exact same as the selection you would get on the latest Apple TV?
  • pinette Level 1 (65 points)
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3819. Says you can't do it.
  • jiltoa Level 1 (0 points)
    I am in Australia and rented +Clash of the Titans+ and +Journey to the Center of the Earth+for my son last night. Neither will play. I get the message "Error occurred while downloading content. Try again later." Meanwhile the daily meter ticks away. As I only bought ATV2 yesterday, I'm not happy and will try to get a refund.
  • devnul Level 1 (0 points)
    Actually, I believe the document pinette refers to is in need of an update. I'll bet it's talking about streaming rentals *between computers*. The iTunes store movie rental FAQ http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1657 has a better explanation:

    If you download a rented movie on your computer: You can transfer it to a device such as your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod if it’s a standard-definition film (movies in HD can only be watched on your computer, iPad, iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th generation), or Apple TV). Once you move the movie from your computer to a device, the movie will disappear from your computer's iTunes library. You can move the movie between devices as many times as you wish during the rental period, but the movie can only exist on one device at a time.

    Now, it sounds like this was written in the ATV1 days, but if the policy remains the same, then it should work to rent on your Mac and watch on the ATV.

    Of course, when I browse the store for rentals, I see many that are HD only if I rent them directly via the ATV, and if I involve my Mac and iTunes, then I can only get standard-def.
  • Elsey97 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does anyone know why some movies are available in HD on ATV or ipad but only standard def on Mac??? Just curious.

    Thx