3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 13, 2012 11:12 AM by Michael Allbritton
Joe_Dawson Level 1 (15 points)

When I select a movie I see a button for rent in HD. I do not see an option to buy or to access SD. Why?

iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi, iOS 5.1
  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    Renting that particular movie may be the only option on the Apple TV. The copyright holder tells Apple what formats to offer to Apple TV (SD, 720p, 1080p) and whether to offer it for sale or rent or both on the device. Check in iTunes on your computer and see if it is available for sale in HD or SD.

  • Joe_Dawson Level 1 (15 points)

    The movie in question is available in both HD and SD for rent and purchase.

    But I only see Rent HD as an option.  Can you buy movies on an Apple TV or do you have to do the purchasing on a PC?



  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    Then renting is the only option available for that specific movie on the Apple TV. If you wish to purchase the movie, you'll need to do it through iTunes on your computer.


    As I said, the copyrights holder's control how, when, where and in what formats movies are available. On the Apple TV some movies can be rented, some purchased, some both. It may vary by movie and movie studio.