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tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

I have tried to find the answer to this question on these forums, but I was unable to.

 

 

When I buy a movie on my 3rd gen (2012) Apple TV, will it be downloaded onto my computer the next time I load iTunes.

 

 

Thanks in advance


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  • Tomo 2 Level 3 Level 3 (555 points)

    Movies are now available on icloud.  If you purchase it on an apple tv, you can download it for free on your computer.  I'm not sure if it will automatically download or not.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (87,350 points)

    To enable automatic downloads to iTunes on your computer make sure that you have the "look for available downloads" checkbox checked, in iTunes preferences> store.

  • pat412 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Anything that you buy on iTunes will be available in the "Purchased" section on your iTunes page on your computer.

  • tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks very much everyone for the help, its much appreciated

  • tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    So if I purchase a movie on my Apple TV 3rd gen. It will be downloaded onto my iTunes library on my computer?

     

    If thats what happens, how do I go about watching it again on my Apple TV at a later date, is there a section on Apple TV which can access iCloud and from there it would stream it through my Apple TV?

  • Tomo 2 Level 3 Level 3 (555 points)

    Yes.  You can stream movies from icloud to an apple tv.

  • tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks Tomo 2

     

    I can't say I've noticed an iCloud section on my Apple TV, does it only appear when you have bought a movie through the Apple TV?

  • MarkPek Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    I have sort of the same question, but if you're downloading movies, don't you run out of disk space fast?  Are you storing them on an external drive or something.  Or only in the cloud?

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,615 points)

    tal1971 wrote:

     

    Thanks Tomo 2

     

    I can't say I've noticed an iCloud section on my Apple TV, does it only appear when you have bought a movie through the Apple TV?

    There are several ways of doing things with AppleTV now which adds to the confusion.

     

    If you buy on AppleTV 2 or 3 (which have no storage), but have 'movies in the cloud' in your country you are then effectively able to redownload from the internet any prior purchases to:

     

    1 - AppleTV to watch again - from Movies icon in the Purchased (section) or TV Shows Purchased section for those

     

    2 - an iPod Touch/iPhone or iPad

     

    3 - to iTunes to store

     

    The hitch is that this is not your personal cloud storage space, just the ability to redownload but only while the content is still available and in the same format in the iTunes store.

     

    If the studio changes the movie content slightly or removes the product from the store you will not be able to redownload it.  It is therefore wise to keep a copy of the movie in itunes and a backup copy to be on the safe side.

     

    Other ways to play content to AppleTV:

     

    1 - With iTunes running, content downloaded to iTunes library already, can easily be accessed via Home Sharing without the need to download from the internet. To do this use teh Computers icon to access the running itunes library.

     

    2 - With iTunes running you can 'push' the movie to AppleTV using a small Airplay icon in the lower right of iTunes pane, but if computer is in another room, control is better from AppleTV direct.

     

    3 - If movie is on an IPhone/iPad etc you can Airplay the movie over wifi to the AppleTV.

     

    AC

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,615 points)

    MarkPek wrote:

     

    I have sort of the same question, but if you're downloading movies, don't you run out of disk space fast?  Are you storing them on an external drive or something.  Or only in the cloud?

    Firstly try to get away from thinking about them being 'stored' in the cloud - you can look at it like that, but all it really means is that while the media is still for sale in itunes and 'identical' you are granted access to redownload for free.  If it goes from iTunes you're stuck.

     

    Storage depends on how much you buy, drive sizes etc.

     

    SD movies are maybe 1-1.5GB, and HD 3-4 GB for 720p, a little larger for 1080p on average assuming they're 90-120 mins long.

     

    AC

  • tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks Alley Cat for the excellent explanation. From the sounds of things and the safest method (in case the movie gets removed from the store) is to do what you mentioned in the latter 1 & 2.

     

    Thanks again, much appreciated.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,615 points)

    Yes, the latter 1+2 were pretty much how it worked for a long time until they introduced movies in the cloud.

     

    As people's internet becomes better generally then we may see more and more people relying on this rather than having a computer running, but for many their internet is limited or still too slow fro pure cloud access.

     

    We have no idea how long things will be in itunes - maybe for years/decades, maybe not.

     

    I have some music files/videos that I bought with DRM protection years ago via itunes - I have never been able to upgrade them to iTunes Plus format - they seem to still be in the store and as far as I can tell are the same, though Apple tell me they are somehow different so not upgradeable!

     

    AC

  • MarkPek Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    Confusing indeed.  So what if you have 100 movies (not a large number).  You must have to store them externally.  Do you create a separate external iTunes "library" of just movies? 

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,615 points)

    MarkPek wrote:

     

    Confusing indeed.  So what if you have 100 movies (not a large number).  You must have to store them externally.  Do you create a separate external iTunes "library" of just movies? 

    An iTunes library in essence has two parts - the database of added media which also holds the media location, and the media itself.

     

    By default the library and media on a Mac are in the Music folder of the user's Home directory.

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