9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 22, 2012 9:24 AM by baelgren
NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Hi,

 

Am I right in saying that, now, when you buy a movie or TV show :-

 

- you are buying the SD and BOTH HD version (where the 1080p exsists)

 

- that the 1080p version will only stream to the new AppleTV and download to the new iPad

 

- and that this is why the iTunes Store on my Mac has "(downloading 720p)" on the detail column

 

- and, most importantly, if I ugrade to the new AppleTV and iPad at some point do I  automatically get the 1080p version of movies and TV shows that I already own now or do I only get 1080p on stuff I buy from now on?

 

Cheers

  • JayWalker82 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I think I figured this out...

     

    In the Preferences of iTunes, there is an option on the Store tab that says "When Downloading HD Videos, prefer:", and then you can select either 720p or 1080p.  When I changed this to 1080p, the movie page on iTunes changed to "(downloading 1080p).

     

    The reasoning is that not every computer or Mac can play 1080p movies (system requirements are at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3209).

  • maybeinoregon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Just an FYI...

     

    I changed my download setting under preferences a few days ago.  I then went into the iTunes store, and downloaded all of the previously purchased movies that were 720p, in the new 1080p.  I don't know how long Apple will allow people to do this, but it currently works.

  • JayWalker82 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    My understanding is that you will always be allowed to do this as part of iTunes in the Cloud.

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have a first generation AppleTV (the grey one).

     

    Can it play video content at 1080p?

     

    I've googled it but there is no answer.

  • maybeinoregon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I wouldn't think so...this is off of the ATV1 spec sheet..

     

    • H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store): Up to 5 Mbps, Progressive Main Profile (CAVLC) with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps (maximum resolution: 1280 by 720 pixels at 24 fps, 960 by 540 pixels at 30 fps) in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
    • iTunes Store purchased video: 320 by 240 pixels, 640 by 480 pixels, 720 by 480 pixels (anamorphic), or high-definition 720p
    • MPEG-4: Up to 3 Mbps, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps (maximum resolution: 720 by 432 pixels at 30 fps) in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

     

    Max is 720p...and it doesn't sound like there are any updates coming soon for it...

     

    Why not spring for the ATV3?  If i'm not mistaken you don't get AirPlay with ATV1 either...and that's a pretty sweet addition to ATV...we use it with our ATV2 all the time...especially video chat...that's just crazy seeing that through a plasma... :-)

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Because, maybeinoregon, I can't even afford a spring let alone a new AppleTV

     

    Thanks for the information.

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Is 1086p video only available in the US iTunes Store?

  • AllenETD Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    @NeddySeagoon

    No, and it is 1080p, btw.

  • baelgren Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    after the most recent update, i can no longer play movies in iTunes 1080p

     

    My computer is i5-2500, 8GB RAM, nVidia 570GTX....it far exceeds the requirements Apples lists:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3209

     

    All other media players allow me to playback in full 1080p....what is wrong with iTunes??!?