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Apple quietly extends iTunes rental limit

updated 04:55 pm EST, Fri January 25, 2008

Apple extends rental limit

Although Apple has said it is confident that users are enjoying iTunes rentals, widespread critique began to form regarding the 24-hour rental period. Users insisted that it was simply not enough time to finish a movie due to a busy lifestyle, while others were exploring methods that would circumvent the time limit. Macworld.com notes that Apple has quietly extended the duration of movie rentals to allow users the opportunity to finish watching a film

Supposedly, once a movie has started to play on a mobile device, the 24 hour period does indeed start counting down, but will stay on a specific screen until users acknowledge the completion of the film. Underneath the text "This rental has expired. You can resume to finish your movie." the window displays two buttons, "Resume" and "Delete"; the former allows the user to play the rest of the film while denying access to the rest of the device, while the latter removes the expired movie from storage.

It was not discovered whether the same function occurs in iTunes or on the Apple TV, but it was said that further testing will transpire to verify these claims.




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  1. Zkatz007

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    What grown-up language!

    further testing will transpire to verify these claims...on yo' momma!

  1. digiprod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Always Like This

    No news here. I rented a movie on the first available day and noticed as long as you started watching the rental before the 24 hours was over, that it would not expire until you were finished, even if you paused it. I started a rental that was over 2 hours long at the point were there was less than an hour left. It allowed me to play it to the end, even pausing it for a bathroom break.

    Also was able to record it to DVD-R deck and EyeTV from an iPod using the Apple cable (analog hole). see here: http://www.reelsmart.com/2008/01/19/itunes-movie-rentals-and-the-analog-hole/

  1. noverflow

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Misunderstood

    I think people do not understand that the rental is for 30 days. However, once you start to watch it, you have 24 hours to finish it.

    E.G., You can wait 28 days to start the movie, but once it starts, you need to finish it within 24hours or you can no use itunes for other purposes until you either finish it, or click delete.

  1. JohnFromBeyond

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    good news

    This would be good news to me. 24 hours is simply not enough, it may as well be 4 hours. For example, suppose you get home and start watching a movie at 7:00 PM. You watch half the movie and can't finish due to other things going on. The next night you sit down at 7:00, or 8:00, to finish and too bad, the movie is done. As far as I'm concerned, 24 hours means you need to finish the movie the same day you start it, so it may as well be 4 hours.

    I'd be perfectly happy with 48 hours. That would give you the better part of a weekend. Or, as I interpret the article above, just let me finish (but not go back) any time I like.

  1. pt123

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    more renters

    Come on, don't be afraid, rent it to help the stock price go back up. Come on!

  1. discotronic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    just can see it

    The cost is high and the limitations are high. I would rather stay with Netflix.

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Apples and oranges

    You can't get Netflix movies on your TV within 30 seconds of renting it, can you? We're talking about two entirely different rental models. You want to talk about high limitations, let's talk about having to get in your car to go to a Blockbuster, or having to wait a few days for a Netflix movie to show up in your mailbox.

  1. appleusr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    actually...

    netflix has a download option in little as 30 seconds, but only if you are running Windows Xp or higher.

  1. Peter753

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    oh and

    the selection available from netflix on demand is even smaller and more retarded than what iTunes offers :(

  1. JohnFromBeyond

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Unbox + TiVo

    The Amazon UnBox rental service downloaded directly to your TiVo box is the next best thing to Apple TV rentals. I've done this and it works pretty well. It definitly takes alot longer than Apple TV -- you can expect to wait an hour after ordering the download (the software isn't sophisticated enough to let you start watching before the entire movie is downloaded). Of course, the Apple TV interface is way better and I don't know how the video quality compares (I doubt UnBox has HD). I do like the $0.99 specials that Amazon runs.

    For now, I'll keep using Netflix on the side. They have a huge selection and you get the special features with the DVD (how come nobody complains that online rentals come without special features???)

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