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Guide to renting iTunes Movies in the UK

Mark Hattersley | June 24, 2013
Apple iTunes has a great movie rental service that many people overlook. Here's our guide to renting movies on the iPad, Apple TV and Mac.

iTunes Movie Rentals

Apple has a great movie rental service available that can stream all the latest blockbuster hits direct on your iPad, iPhone, Mac or even television (via Apple TV). With fewer rental stores existing these days it's a great way to get the latest blockbuster movies direct to your television.

Apple first started doing movie rentals back in 2008. But many people aren't aware of Apple's movie rental system. Our guide to renting movies from Apple has all the answers you need.

Renting iTunes movies on an Apple device
You can rent movies from the iTunes Store using a Mac/PC or any iOS device (including the Apple TV). Renting a movie is pretty simple, simply click on the movie and click the Rent button. Enter your iTunes password and you're good to go.

Some movies can be purchased in either HD or SD quality. HD is obviously higher quality, but typically these rentals cost more.

How much do Apple iTunes movie rentals cost?
The price for rentals varies depending on how recent the movie is, and whether it's in HD (High Definition) or SD (Standard Definition).

New HD Movie Rental - £4.49New SD Movie Rental - £3.49Classic HD Movie Rental - £3.49Classic SD Movie Rental - £2.49

How long do I have to wait before I can watch an iTunes movie rental?
Thanks to iTunes In The Cloud you no longer have to wait for a movie to download. A movie that you have rented can be streamed almost immediately from iTunes to your computer, iOS device or Apple TV. Each device also remembers the point in the movie you are watching, so you can watch and one device and carry on using another device.

How long does the rental last for?
You can start watching the movie up to 30 days after you first rented it. Once you start watching it you can watch the movie for 48 hours (24 hours in the US) from the point where you first started playing it. Once the rental period has expired the movie is removed from your iTunes library.

Can I watch Apple movie rentals more than once?
Yes. You can watch a movie as often as you want within 48 hours of first playing the movie.

How to play Apple movie rentals on a television
Renting a movie from your Mac, iPhone or iPad is all well and good. But you probably want to watch it on a television.

There are two main options here. You can connect your iOS device directly to a HDMI television using the Apple HDMI cable, or you can invest in an Apple TV. The Apple TV is a great device that enables you to beam video from any Mac or iOS device to your television using AirPlay technology.


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