4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2013 7:01 PM by gail from maine
rt-licious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Fairly straightforward...rented a movie in iTunes and wanted to run it through AppleTV so the whole gang could watch on the big screen.


<<insert Let's Make a Deal Gong Sound Here>>


Only get the audio from the movie through the television.  No video.  I've hunted around tonight and seen other threads of folks using other apps & instances of the developer blocking video mirroring, but that shouldn't be the case with iTunes...


This is pretty straightforward...I don't use this feature often, but when I do I want it to work.  Now the kids are going to bed with no movie and wondering why Dad insists on all this techmology stuff instead of just renting the darn thing from Red Box.


Any help would be most appreciated.





  • gail from maine Level 6 Level 6 (19,325 points)

    Hi rt-licious,


    Here's some info from the Apple Support site:


    • If you download a rented movie on your computer: You can transfer it to a device such as your Apple TV (1st generation), iPhone, iPad, or iPod if it’s a standard-definition film (movies in HD can only be watched on your computer, iPad, iPhone 4 or later, iPod touch (4th generation or later), or Apple TV). Once you move the movie from your computer to a device, the movie will disappear from your computer's iTunes library. You can move the movie between devices as many times as you wish during the rental period, but the movie can only exist on one device at a time.
    • If you download a rented movie on your iPhone 4 or later, iPad, iPod touch (4th generation or later), or Apple TV: It is not transferable to any other device or computer.


    If you want to watch a movie on your Apple TV:


    How to rent a movie from the iTunes Store on Apple TV



    With your Apple TV, you can rent many of your favorite Hollywood movies from the iTunes Store on your widescreen TV.



    Products Affected

    Apple TV (1st generation), Apple TV (2nd generation), Apple TV (3rd generation), iTunes Store


    Sign in to the iTunes Store

    1. From the main Apple TV menu, choose Settings > iTunes Store.
      If your location and iTunes account already appear here, skip to the next section.
    2. Select Location.
    3. Scroll to highlight your location and select it.
    4. Press the Menu button on the remote once to return to the previous screen.
    5. Select Sign in.
    6. Enter your Apple ID and password. If you don't have an Apple ID, create one using iTunes on your computer. (The password is case-sensitive.) Note: If your Apple ID is an AOL account, you'll need to convert it to work with Apple TV. If you need help converting your AOL account, please contact iTunes Store Customer Service.
    7. Apple TV will give you the option to remember your password. Select Yes if you want to save the password.
    8. Press and hold the Menu button to return to the main Apple TV menu.

    To rent movies on your Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)

    To rent movies on your Apple TV (1st generation)


    Additional Information

    • Movies rented on your Apple TV are not transferable to any other device and can only be viewed on your Apple TV.
    • For information about movie rental expiration and viewing limits and for more information about iTunes Store movie rentals, read the iTunes Store Movie Rentals FAQ.
    • An Internet connection to the iTunes Store is required to authorize playback.

    For a list of content offerings available for Apple TV in your region, see this article.

    Want to rent movies on your computer and watch them on a supported iPod* or iPhone?  Read How to rent a movie from the iTunes Store on your computer.

    * Supported video-enabled iPod models are: iPod touch, iPod nano (3rd generation), iPod nano (4th generation), and iPod classic. See this document if you're unsure which iPod model you have.



    Here's a link to the Apple TV Support site:




    Hope this helps!





  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (91,860 points)

    You may have already tried some of these steps,but.....

    Try the following steps, check whether things are working after each step where appropriate, before trying the next.

        1.    Check AirPlay is turned on on the Apple TV (turn it off and on if it already is)

        2.    Check that both devices are on the same network (Settings > Wifi, on the mobile device and Settings > General > Network, on the Apple TV).

        3.    Restart the Apple TV (Settings > General > Restart).

        4.    Restart the Apple TV by removing ALL the cables for 30 seconds.

        5.    Restart your router.

        6.    Restart your mobile device.

  • rt-licious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    tks winston churchill...one of the other threads i examined was one where you gave much the same advice re: restarting the router, unplugging all the cables from the apple tv, etc.


    i've restarted everything that's in the data loop.  airplay is "on" on the appletv (which is how it's receiving the audio from the iphone, i'd guess) and we only have the one wifi network, so we're not in a crosstalk situation (and audio is transferring...just not the video).


    this appears to be a fairly common issue, based on the volume of questions about it.  is it something that's cropped-up since the latest apple TV software update and/or the bump to iOS6?

  • gail from maine Level 6 Level 6 (19,325 points)

    Sorry rt-licious, but is this a rented movie or a purchased movie? You have one word in your header and the other in your post....