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Apple enables redownloading TV shows in iTunes

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Mon August 1, 2011

Movies yet to come

In tandem with implementing the option for Apple TVs, Apple has also enabled redownloading purchased TV shows in iTunes, checks show. The feature is located with the Purchased tab in the iTunes desktop software. Movies cannot be redownloaded as of yet.

Video as a whole, though, has until now been excluded from Apple's iTunes in the Cloud efforts. The company may have just managed to negotiate the rights for multiple video downloads; alternately, it may have been lacking the network infrastructure needed to handle the content. Whereas a full album of music will often measure less than 100MB, individual episodes of a TV show weigh in the hundreds of megabytes or more. Movies can easily exceed 3GB.

In theory the change removes an obstacle towards iTunes TV subscriptions. Networks have resisted the idea however, going so far as to cripple offerings on Netflix and Hulu in order to maintain the dominance of cable and satellite offerings. Some have been willing to agree to 99-cent show rentals on Apple platforms.

by MacNN Staff



  1. CVBruce

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not All TV Shows Showing Up

    I know at least one of the "season passes" that I purchased doesn't show up in the the list of TV shows that I can re-download. Perhaps they will show up as more agreements are reached with content providers.

  1. SkyGuy79

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Battlestar Galactica

    On my previous PC laptop I had deleted all of my purchased episodes to free up what relatively small HD space I had (didn't have an external). Now with my new MBP I am re-downloading all of my episodes so I can watch them on all my devices and HDTV. I know I can stream on Netflix but its still nice to have them again! :)

  1. mattack

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Your "cripple offerings on Netflix and Hulu" link has NOTHING TO DO with Netflix.

  1. jumbojet

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As of right now, I can re-download Mad Men season 4, but not 3. Also, no Futurama, NFL media or MLB media.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The excitement. I can download something I downloaded before! The internet is an amazing thing! I sure hope Apple patented this concept so others don't think to use it.

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