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The Videos app on your iPhone is where you will find movies and tv shows that you have purchased. See page 79 in the iPad User Guide:
Videos at a glance
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Thanks for your help, but I have to say that NOTHING in any of that answered my very simple questions:
1. How do I know WHERE the iTunes store will "download" my purchased "TV Show" episode to -- my iPad, or the iCloud? I am COMPLETELY confused about this, since during one purchase, episodes were "downloaded" to my iPad, whereas in a subsequent purchase, an episode was "downloaded" to the iCloud. And please bear in mind that I have NEVER EVEN LOGGED INTO THE iCLOUD, EVER, AT ALL!
2. Is there any way I can TELL iTunes to "always download to my iPad?" I'm presuming "there is no way," because that seems to be the Apple way with just about everything.
3. And the thing that frustrates me BEYOND BELIEF is how it apparently looks like pressing the "cloud icon with a down-facing arrow" apparently DID initiate a download of the episode in question from the iCloud to my iPad, since after about two hours' worth of trying everything imagineable, searching the Internet, and searching through everything I could find from Apple, I couldn't find ANYTHING, ANYWHERE that described how I could actually transfer that file from the iCloud to my iPad, but after all of that frustrated searching, that "cloud icon with a down-facing arrow" was gone, and I was subsequently able to back up that file onto my computer, meaning that it actually had physically made the transfer to my iPad. But in the end, all I can tell you is that "cloud icon with a down-facing arrow" DID NOT ANIMATE, DID NOT PROVIDE ANY TEXT EXPLAINING THAT IT COULD ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING, and DID NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING LIKE THE ANIMATED "CIRCLE OF PROGRESS" THAT IS USUALLY SHOWN WHEN THINGS ARE DOWNLOADING FROM THE iTUNES STORE.
I mean, CAN WE GET SOME PROGRAMMERS OVER HERE AND GET THAT "cloud icon with a down-facing arrow" to animate somehow, or show the "circle of progress," or somehow actually indicate that AN ACTION HAD BEEN INITIATED, AND AN ACTION WAS IN PROGRESS?
I'm sorry, but "Good grief!" I've always heard that the whole Apple experience is "intuitive," but this has been ASTONIGHINGLY the OPPOSITE of that. At any rate, in the end, I'm still as confused as I have ever been about the three questions I just posed, above -- I know that I managed to get that "TV Show" episode to download from the iCloud to my iPad, but I have ZERO confidence about what I might have done (if anything!) to actually make that happen. If you can point me to more information about these specific questions, I would certainly appreciate it!
Thank you for using the Apple Support Community. Due to the nature of your issue or question you may find more information by using another one of Apple's support resources - https://getsupport.apple.com/GetproductgroupList.action. I think a conversation with one of our technical advisors for the iPad may be helpful for you.
I totally agree with you thoots. I can't make head or tail out of it either. I just bought several movies from iTunes. Some have the cloud showing, others don't. I have also bought digital dvd copies. I know movies bought from iTunes as well as dvd digital copies downloaded to my MAC, yet many are showing the cloud on my mobile devices. So this means I pay through my data plan every time I re-download. So much for purchasing anything.
Like you, I am trying to figure all of this out.
I think Community Specialist Judy's answer speaks volumes: If there was an answer to this question, she could have provided it. It simply, utterly sounds like "There is no way to know." About the only thing that appears to be possible is to set the "automatically download" option in the main settings, so that some way, some how, if something goes up to the iCloud, it will magically download to your device some day.
Perhaps a Technial Advisor could download an app to my iPad which will produce a Men In Black-style flash, and render me oblivious to such extremely unimportant issues like this, so I can "Stop Caring, Be Happy" like the rest of the Apple faithful. In the end, I think this is simply "rubbish programming," and if I can't control something, I'll just stop using it. So, here's my word, Apple: If I can't control where an iTunes Store purchase "downloads," I'll just stop using the iTunes Store. Which is exactly what I have done. I can find plenty of content elsewhere, from vendors who make it clear how their downloading process works.
No disrespect meant at all to folks like Judy, who are just doing the best they can to try and help -- I appreciate the help she has given me. But plenty of disrespect directed to the nonsensical programming in the way that someone decided that virtually everything to do with "iTunes" works -- everything I've done with iTunes and the iTunes Store has been some of the most frustrating tech-related experiences I've ever had, starting with my first usage of personal computers back in the mid-1980's.
In the end, I have decided not to throw my iPad Air through the window and out onto the street, and then run over it a few hundred times with my car, but I am certainly "done" with the iTunes Store.
Dammit - this was so frustrating but I think I just figured it out.
See below from: http://www.imore.com/movies-icloud-means
Underneath the "Purchased" option there is a "Downloads option" - This should get the d/l going if it hasn't started already. Note - for movies greater than 100mb in size a wifi connection is needed.
How to re-download movies on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
To re-download movies you've previously purchased from iTunes on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
- Launch the iTunes app.
- Tap the Purchased tab at the bottom (if you don't see it, tap the More tab and then check there).
- Tap Movies from the selection list.
- Tap on the iCloud icon beside any of your previously purchased movies to re-download.
Well, this looks exactly like the one thing I was whining about the most -- for me, it wasn't a "Movie," but rather a "TV Show" episode, and I saw essentially the equivalent thing while I was in the "Video" app. And indeed, there was that "iCloud icon" next to the one video that absolutely wasn't "on my iPad," and I tapped on that icon several dozen times. And I tapped on it several dozen times, because IT DIDN'T PROVIDE ANY INDICATION WHATSOEVER THAT I HAD INITIATED ANY ACTION by tapping it, and IT DIDN'T PROVIDE ANY INDICATION WHATSOEVER THAT ANY ACTIVITY WAS ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE.
Again, I'm sorry, but this is just "rubbish" programming. If we could get a programmer to spend a couple of minutes on this, to provide some kind of text stating that something was happening, or animating the icon to show that something was happening, or by adding that usual "circle of progress" that other downloading activities show, then people like me wouldn't be in here screaming about how UNINTUITIVE this "oh, so much more intuitive than anything else on the planet" operating system actually is.
And, of course, this still doesn't explain why some episodes of the same TV show downloaded to my iPad, whereas others "downloaded" to the iCloud. I sure haven't found any answer to that.
Thus, in the end, this is just confusing, unintuitive, and frustrating. This is my first experience with any Apple device, ever, and I am utterly NOT impressed.
I have a similar problem in that I have downloaded several movies (iTunes purchases and free digital from BluRay purchases) onto my Mac laptop and supposedly synched onto my iPhone and iPad but then I get the cloud icon with the arrow (for some movies) asking me to download AGAIN! Is this an option I can turn off? I also do not want to use precious data usage to download a second time what I already downloaded in my home's WiFi.
OK the problems you guys are facing is very simple and the only reason you guys are having a problem is because of some missing information you don't know about. I will try my best to explain and fix your problem.
Make sure you have your Apple Devices up to date with software.
I am currently using iOS 7 on a iPhone to explain this situation. However, an iPad should be the same, just make sure its updated to iOS 7.
Basic Things You Should Know
When you make a purchase from iTunes with your Apple ID, all purchases are available automatically in iCloud (using your Apple ID login). This is so you can download the things you purchased before anytime you want without purchasing again. You can also use it to stream Music, TV shows, and Movies that you have bought without download. There is now way to stop purchases from showing up in the iCloud (more importantly there is no reason you shouldn't want this feature.)
Now say you are in the Video app under the "movie" section. You may see a cloud icon near the title. This simply means that the movie is not downloaded in your Apple Device. To download just tap the iCloud logo and the download should start right away. The logo should change into a circle and show a stop button. If you see the circle begin to turn blue it means it's showing you how much has downloaded until fully complete.
Syncing from iTunes
Now, I will explain how to sync your purchased Music, Movies, TV Shows, etc. from iTunes on your computer.
Make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes or at least iTunes 11 for this example to work.
Make sure your purchases are downloaded and not on iCloud (check for the cloud icon). Now click on the iPhone or iPad button at the top.
And go under the section you want to. I will go under movies for this demonstration.
If you have tried syncing the movies and it's not working make sure you have "Sync Movies" checked and also "Automatically include all movies" checked.
Then click on the sync button at the bottom and wait until the sync is complete. After that make sure the movie is now in your Apple device and without a iCould icon.
I hope this helped you guys. I don't know why no one has helped you before. And the Apple Community Specialists help was just horrible. If there is something I left out that you need help on leave a reply.
P.S. Sorry for the spelling/grammar mistakes or if I left out words (i tend to do that) because I'm rushing.