iTunes movie rentals: anyone tried it?

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  1. docnico

    docnico PhilMUG Addict Member

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    I'm just curious: the movie rental is said to be automatically deleted from the computer hard drive 24 hours after you start watching. But what if you sync it on an iPod? And you decide not to plug in your iPod to your Mac/PC for let's say one week? Will the iPod "remember" and automatically delete movies too?
     
  2. hexinary

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    nope, there is a self destruct mechanism built in to the movie.. But there are rumors that, that mechanism is sync to the system clock, so when you set your clock back to 2001 you will have 7years to play the movie. I havent tried it tho, but it is possible..i know, and im sure, that there will be software that will be release to somewhat like record the movie while playing it..nothing is impossible in the cyber world..=D
     
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    docnico PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Nice term: self-destruct mechanism...sound like a mission impossible movie...Hehe..

    I would really want to try this and see how it works on an iPod. But the thing is I think rentals will only work with a 1.1.3 iPhone and iPod Touch, which is a big no-no for unlocked iPhones.

    Anyone tried this on a Classic and changing the time?
     
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    uhhh, the rental has a loophole but apple fixed it already, when you change the system time, iTunes contacts the store and virtually bricks you rentals (like virtually saying, don't mess with me)
    there are terms though, you should first watch the rentals on the computer before syncing with ipod (not sure) and they will have the same time. so iPod will not be able to play the movie after 24 hrs. and deletes it as well as computers.
    or if you sync unwatched movies, the counter automagically starts even if you don't watch, but if neither of this is working, maybe you could sync your iPod and still have the 30 days to start the show on you PC.

    I'd love to see apple let the consumer keep the downloaded file and make them re-rent them save the hassle of downloading again.
     
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    Isn't the iTunes movie rentals only available in the US at this moment? I think I recall Steve Jobs mentioning it as being slowly launched internationally. But if the question is for the US based PhilMuggers on this site then, I'm quite interested in their response/experiences as well.
     
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    I've gotten the chance to try the iTunes Movie Rental Service. I've rented three movies so far namely, "Ratatouille", "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "The Usual Suspects".

    As a whole I'm happy with the service. It's convenient, the quality is good and the price although a bit high is tolerable.

    The only drawbacks as of now are the limited selections and the slow download speeds I'm experiencing. Although the speed is attributable to my provider. Once fast broadband is available here I'm actually seeing myself buying an Apple TV.

    I'm also hoping that iTunes gets more old movies as part of the library. I wanted to rent the other old movies but so far it's only available for sale and not to rent.

    I wrote a a lengthier post about it at http://www.theaftermac.com/my-itunes-movie-rentals-experience/
     
  7. maria

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    Seconding chairman on the limited selection. We've rented a few, and takes about an hour or so
    downloaded via Virgin's light broadband option. Window popped up one time telling me I had 10 hours left on Cecil B Demented. Nifty if you're not looking to keep particular movies. Price is so-so for me, but still quite good compared to buying.
     
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    I also like the rentals concept. Some movies are really meant to be seen only once or a couple of times and makes no sense having your own copy. Back in the day when VHS rentals were popular, I used to rent 5-6 movies a week. I'm not afraid of renting lemons because I could always return it. Nowadays, I have to be careful about buying DVDs because I'll be stuck with it if it turns out to be a lemon.

    I'm looking forward to revision 3 of apple TV + timecapsule where it would make sense to store the rented movies.
     
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    Well I'm just curious. What if you rent a movie then put it on your ipod, then after that, rip that movie using softwares like Senuti, will the movie be a different file or the "self-destruct mechanism" will still take effect?!? :confused:
     
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    as steve said, it's only for the current gen ipods so, senuti can't penetrate it...(the ipod). So.... no loopholes for you...
     
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    i rented out a Bill Paxton Film (The Greatest Game Ever Played) and immediately synched it to my iPhone 1.1.3, played it as soon as the sync was over, and now i have only 23 hours left to finish watching it. amazing movie! (superb picture quality and excellent story)

    [​IMG]
     
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    There is now a 99 cent movie rental of the week. This week it's Nicole Kidman's "The Hours". Not bad. It's just around P42 and just like renting from your neighborhood video store, but this time you get to bring it with you anywhere thru your iPhone or computer for 24 hours.
     
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    hehe, we know :D but anyway, it is from thursday to monday so next thursday there will be a new video up for 99cents
     

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