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How do I delete tv shows under my ipad when connected to Itunes?

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ninjakst Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jan 6, 2012 2:45 PM

Under my ipad symbol on the left side of itunes and in tv shows area, it shows some old free TV shoes that I downloaded, watched and deleted.  They all have the icon in front of them that looks like the icon when it is syncing but the shows are greyed out and I cannot click on them and delete them.  I have downloaded the shows again and then deleted them but they still show up in itunes.  I have also reinstalled itunes to see if that would help.  No luck...any help would be great.  Thanks.

iPad 2, Windows 7
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,815 points)

    You need to remove them from iTunes on your computer or they will continue to sync to the iPad - unless of course you deselect them to sync. Removing them from iTunes removes them permanently - or at least until you download them again.


    Launch iTunes on your computer. Click on the TV Shows under the Library heading in the upper left side of the iTunes window. Click on the TV show icon or the name of the show in list view that you want to delete - and the go to Edit>Delete from the menu at the top of the screen. iTunes will ask you if you want to delete it and will warn you that it will be removed from your device when you sync - so answer the questions - and then you can delete the shows.


    You can also right click on the TV show icon or right click on the name in the list view and select delete from the pop up that way.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,815 points)

    You have another post going on about this topic - don't you? Maybe I'm getting a little confused now.


    Did you restart your iPad and then look to see if those shows are still appearing under the TV shows heading on the iPad? You are seeing this when your iPad is connected to iTunes correct? You can't remove anything from that area of the iPad - all content that you would click on in there is always greyed out. If they are no longer on the iPad - maybe a restart will remove them.


    Restart the iPad by holding down on the sleep button until the red slider appears and then slide to shut off. To power up hold the sleep button until the Apple logo appears and let go of the button.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,815 points)

    I just want to make sure that I fully understand (BTW - the screen shot is fine - I can see it) - you are seeing these shows when you open the iPad by clicking on the down arrow on the left side of your iPad's name - and then clicking on the TV shows heading while your iPad is connected to iTunes. Is that correct?


    If that is the case - you can't right click to delete or select anything in the iTunes window on the right side - that is on the iPad. That content will always be greyed out and inaccessible to you. That should be content that is on the iPad and it shows up in iTunes greyed out. If you want to add or remove content from the device you would do that by syncing or unsyncing.


    I realize that you know all of that - I'm just sort of thinking out loud - so to speak. If those shows have been removed from the iTunes Library - and deleted from the iPad - the only other thing that I can think of is to sync the iPad again - and then see if those shows have disappeared. The syncing icons on the left almost make it look like the shows are stuck between a sync and an unsync - if that makes any sense to you.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,815 points)

    It does seem like a glitch. If the shows are not on the iPad and not in iTunes - it's like they are stuck in the iPad's memory somehow. Did you try the old, reliable, "works for so many other issues" iPad reset and see if that helped? Sometimes it can clear the "cobwebs" out of the device.


    Reset the iPad by holding down on the sleep and home buttons at the same time for about 10-15 seconds until the Apple Logo appears - ignore the red slider - let go of the buttons.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,815 points)

    I'm sorry but I am now at a loss. If you had restrictions enabled on the iPad, you would not have been able to delete the TV shows - at least I think you couldn't have done so. I know that you couldn't delete apps if restrictions were on.


    If the shows are not taking up any storage capacity - which I think was your concern initially, hopefully these icons and the list of shows will eventually disappear.


    Maybe someone else will chime in with an answer for you.

  • Mischmi29 Calculating status...

    Please let me know if you've figured it out. I have the exact same problem

  • Mischmi29 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've now been able to get rid of the tv shows.

    I used a tool called iExplorer and deleted the files from the iPad that way (

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