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iPad - is it better to rent or purchase movies before traveling?
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Eden Aurora
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Jul 16, 2010, 07:28 AM
 
so i purchased the iPad and i'm going on a vacation tomorrow. very excited.
i want to take 4-5 movies with me to watch on the plane (which doesn't have Wifi). I would rather rent them and save the $10 per movie. But how does this work exactly. Or are you forced to purchase if you're not in a Wifi area?

Can i download a few movies at my house before i leave and then watch these rented movies on the plane? or do you have to be connected to wifi during the entire rental process?

how does it work exactly?
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Jul 16, 2010, 09:19 AM
 
You can download them completely. However, rental movies do have a time limit on them. I can't remember whether it's 24 or 48 hours, but that might be worth checking out.
     
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Jul 16, 2010, 09:23 AM
 
You have the movie for 30 days, but as soon as you hit 'play' the first time, you have 24 hours to finish the movie.

iTunes Store: Movie rental usage rights in the United States
     
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Jul 16, 2010, 10:27 AM
 
Or.. rent them physically at your video store, rip them and compress them.. voila!
     
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Jul 16, 2010, 11:21 PM
 
I pick up movies for free at my local library, rip them, and watch them on my DLNA TV.
     
Eden Aurora  (op)
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Jul 17, 2010, 12:01 AM
 
so my best bet is to rent the movies from iTunes, but don't hit play until i'm ready to watch.

So in theory (i haven't tested yet) a rented movie can stay on my computer for 2 years and so long as i don't play it.....i'll always have a 24-36 hour period to watch?
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Jul 17, 2010, 12:03 AM
 
Originally Posted by Eden Aurora View Post
So in theory (i haven't tested yet) a rented movie can stay on my computer for 2 years and so long as i don't play it.....i'll always have a 24-36 hour period to watch?
No.

After 30 days, the movie will "expire" and be removed from your device.
     
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Jul 17, 2010, 12:05 AM
 
You have 30 days to start watching, once you've started watching, you have 24 hours to finish. No connection to Wifi is required.
     
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Jul 17, 2010, 12:20 AM
 
Originally Posted by -Q- View Post
You have the movie for 30 days, but as soon as you hit 'play' the first time, you have 24 hours to finish the movie.

iTunes Store: Movie rental usage rights in the United States
That's strange. When I rent movies through the AppleTV, I get 48 hours to finish the movie.
     
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Jul 17, 2010, 01:16 AM
 
Originally Posted by Wiskedjak View Post
That's strange. When I rent movies through the AppleTV, I get 48 hours to finish the movie.
AppleTV has some other special rules (like if you rent a movie via AppleTV, you can't transfer it to another device). But every rental doc I find on Apple.com/iTunes says it's only 24 hours once you start playing:

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Jul 17, 2010, 09:39 AM
 
Maybe you can set the clock backwards...
     
   
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