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headshrinker2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Greetings. Trying to work out some bugs in our newly purchased Apple TV (2nd generation).

When everything is working well, on average how long does it take folks to start watching a movie rented on Apple TV (2nd generation)?

Thanks.

Apple TV (2nd generation)
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (84,580 points)
    That all depends on one's Internet speed and the content being downloaded, both HD and SD content start immediately for me.

    If you can tell us your Internet speed we can tell you how long a movie should take to download and how long before you can start to watch it.
  • headshrinker2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Winston C,
    Thanks for the reply. Immediate play? Wow. Something is definitely not right with my system then. When we attempted to rent "Despicable Me" (I think it was HD), the movie still had not started to play after 30min.

    How can I test the speed of my internet? My Apple TV is currently connected to the internet wirelessly.

    Thanks.
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (84,580 points)
    30 minutes may be correct for some connections.

    Try www.speedtest.net
  • Rudegar Level 7 Level 7 (21,265 points)
    Dont measure the speed while Downloading a movie though
  • mauijiminar Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)
    With DSL it took 45 mins to watch a movie. Cable it takes 30 secs to strat.
  • headshrinker2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I went to speedtest.net and ran this on a MacBook that is wirelessly connected to our network. The MacBook is a few feet away from the Apple TV (which is also wirelessly connected).

    Download: 2.78 Mbps
    Upload: 0.57
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (84,580 points)
    You should be able to watch an SD movie immediately, an HD movie should take approximately 2/3 of it's duration before you can start to watch it, for example an hour movie would be ready to watch in 40 mins, a 90 minute movie would be ready in an hour and a 2 hour movie in about an hour and twenty minutes.

    This is assuming your network speed doesn't vary too much over that time.
  • headshrinker2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    WC,
    Thanks for the reply. Immediate watching for rented SD movies is, of course, terrific. 2/3 movie duration for HD movies is a bit painful. That requires some planning ahead.

    You said in your earlier post that your downloaded rented movies (i.e. both SD and HD) start instantly in your system. Is that correct?

    Are your internet speeds much faster than mine? Is your AppleTV connected to your network via an Ethernet cable? Would it make more sense for me to rent a movie from iTunes directly on my PC (would this make for a faster download) and then stream it to the Apple TV?

    I am working on strengthening my WIFI signal throughout my house right now. I can test this out, but would speedtest be faster on my PC (ethernet internet connection) than my wirelessly connected laptops?

    Thanks again for all of your help.
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (84,580 points)
    headshrinker2 wrote:

    You said in your earlier post that your downloaded rented movies (i.e. both SD and HD) start instantly in your system. Is that correct?


    Yes, it takes about 15 seconds or so in actuality, but I figure that's close enough to immediate.

    Are your internet speeds much faster than mine?


    Yes, I have a 16 Mbps connection and obtain real download speeds of 14.5 Mbps

    Is your AppleTV connected to your network via an Ethernet cable?


    Some are some are connected by wifi (most by wifi)

    Would it make more sense for me to rent a movie from iTunes directly on my PC (would this make for a faster download) and then stream it to the Apple TV?


    If for some reason your Apple TV was having issues over the internet, it might do, some have said it makes a difference. Generally speaking though if things are working as they should it won't make any difference.

    There are advantages to downloading to your PC. For example if you want to watch it again, or you navigate away from the download on your Apple TV, you won't need to download the rental again. However unlike the Apple TV which will let you watch it once enough has downloaded to ensure uninterrupted viewing, you would have to download the entire movie before you could begin to watch it.

    I am working on strengthening my WIFI signal throughout my house right now. I can test this out, but would speedtest be faster on my PC (ethernet internet connection) than my wirelessly connected laptops?


    It shouldn't be. Download speeds are generally restricted by your WAN not your LAN (the other side of your router as opposed to this side), a typical 'g' wifi network should be able to manage 20+ Mbps, so unless a WAN connection is faster than that it won't make any difference.
  • austinapplenut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It only takes about 45 sec. To watch a rental on my Apple tv 2nd gen. Sd or Hd. I have cable Internet and have an Apple Airport Extreme router, by the way the best wireless router I have ever had and I have had 7 different routers and finally the Airport Extreme is the fastest and strongest I have ever seen. I have had it running on my network for 8 months now and have never had to rest or power cycle. If you are having downloads taking that long you need to invest in a new router. Hope this helps.
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (84,580 points)
    For the avoidance of doubt the router the OP is using won't make any difference to their download speeds, which is dictated by the service provided by their ISP
  • headshrinker2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have no idea why, but everything is working perfectly now. I tested two movie downloads (SD and HD). Both were ready to watch in less than a minute. I'm a happy camper!
  • Scampdog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Don't be fooled. Netflix Streams, Itunes Movie rentals will not. Its a huge flaw that renders Apple TV worthless. 2, 4 6 hours to watch a rental on Itunes vs. instant on the same connection with NetFlix. Should have left the hard disk in the sencond gen. Very frustrating. No suppport from Apple. Scores of unhappy buyers out there -- Google it and see.
  • Scampdog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Connection speed is not an issue. Netflix streams, Itunes does not. Flawed delivery system and no company support. Apple TV2 is a dog. Should have left the hard disk for downloads. Repeat the connection speed is no issue. Thousands of unhappy users -- Google it!
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