Unfortunately this doesn't work for me. I have iTunes 11.0.1 on a Mac (maybe that's different) and if I hide TV and then delte the shows from Downloads, they just show up again the next time I launch iTunes.
It sure seems like I must be missing something... I have an Apple TV and want to watch shows and movies there and not on my Mac. Seems simple enough...
I've deleted the episodes from my library. I've unchecked "TV Shows" in the library. I've 'hidden' the TV episodes in the store. I've unchecked 'always check for available downloads". I've paused and deleted all current downloads. Yet, when I open itunes, it starts downloading the same episodes again. Very frustrating.
I too have been plagued by this issue. I've been dealing with this annoyance for about two years now. I've tried all the suggestions in this post and none make a difference; once I sign in to iTunes all the episodes from that darn TV show start to download. I have to select them all and then pause and/or delete all the files. But that doesn't matter because, the next time I log in I'll have to repeat those steps. So frustrating. I have been hoping for quite some time that there would be an acceptable resolution to this. I'm stumped and look forward to resolution.
Nothing works for me.
Sometimes when I load iTunes, it tries to automatically download all sorts of TV shows I purchased.
Even Season 2 episodes of Dexter I watched long ago.
Not every time. Maybe every other time? Or every third time I load iTunes.
It seems so arbitrary, that I think it's seriously trying to mess with me.
It also happens when I select "Check for Available Downloads" --
I don't have a good enough internet connection to download 57 gigabytes worth of TV I don't want to watch.
Even if I delete Dexter from iCloud.
Even if I pause the downloads and mark them as watched.
Dexter will not go away.
I want to murder iTunes.
I tried removing "TV Shows" from the media category and they don't download automatically. But somehow, new shows are being stored and when I downloand another old or pre-ordered item, then EVERYTHING starts downloading. It happens only with my computer and not with iPad, iPhone or iPod. I have had this problem for years and there is no solution yet. Once I had a huge backlog of TV shows which would have jammed my computer for hours. So I just emailed Apple and asked them to remove the backlog which they did. But it's annoying not to have the option of selecting what you want to download.
I have the same problem - i have tried everything to stop the TV/movie downloads and no luck - i dont have the 'ram-disk' space, it is a real pain - Apple should fix this !!!
Finally - at: preferences/store - i deselected 'always check for available downloads' - that seems to have finally stopped the downloads - too bad, because this also stops the music downloads....
but i can control it manually now (i think!)
I just purchased a TV season pass in the iTunes store and wanted to share my experience:
- I had the same problem as described in this thread: purchased a TV season pass for use on an Apple TV for streaming, and yet iTunes 11 wants to download all the shows to my SSD (limited space).
- I immediatley opened the downloads windows, paused all, then deleted all of those downloads.
- In iTunes > Preferences > Store I have the following checked/unchecked:
- Always check for available downloads - checked
- Download pre-orders when available - unchecked
- Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases - checked
The thing that seemed to work for me was the iTunes in the cloud purchases checkbox. Once I had that checked, iTunes just displays the show with the iCloud icon (and download buttons next to each episode) without trying to download all the episodes every time I open iTunes. I'm still not sure what the behavior will be when the next episode is released, but the steps above fixed the immediate "flood of episodes" issue.
I tried all the suggestions here and none of them worked for me. It seemed as if ITunes had cached the list of shows it thought it should download, and nothing could convince it otherwise. So here's what I did:
- Quit ITunes
- Go into /Users/<username>/Music/iTunes/TV Shows and delete the shows manually
- Go into /Users/<username>/Music/iTunes/Downloads and delete the episodes that were downloading before your quit
- Delete list.plist. This is a list of all the shows ITunes thinks it should download.
- Restart ITunes.
- Nothing downloads. Finally, freedom!