Understanding Movie Rental Downloads

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  1. Spenny

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    I bought an ATV2 last week and overall am extremely happy with it.

    I have a US Itunes account and have downloaded a couple of movies in HD from the US Itunes store.

    My Broadband is approx. 3Mb.

    The first movie downloaded via the ATV2 took approx. 2-3 hours to download and wouldn't stream during the dowload so I had to wait until it had finished downloading before watching the movie.

    The second movie again took 2-3 hours to download and we started to watch it on Saturday evening but decided to finish it on Sunday. When I went back in to resume the movie, it took another 2-3 hours downloading before we could resume the movie.

    When you rent a movie in this way, where is the movie stored? Why did it take such a long time to resume watching the movie if it had already downloaded? Would I be better downloading the movies to my computer first and then watching via the ATV2 at a later date?
     
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    With that connection speed you would be better off turning of HD downloads and renting the SD versions of the movies. They will start streaming straight away.
     
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    I am having this problem. I thought you could start watching a movie a few minutes after it started downloading? I had to wait for it to download and then like Spenny when i came to watch it the day after it took another 2 hrs waiting?
     
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    As mentioned above it's your Internet connection which is too slow for the HD content, SD however would start instant as they are no where as big. Apple tv does have flash storage for the content to go onto and store when downloaded but soon disappears off it when finished with the movie
     
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    I have a 7 Mb connection and HD movies start after about 30 sec.

    Looks like it might be your connection isn't sufficient for HD.
     
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    I thought that the "rules" with Apple movie rentals is that you have something daft like 30 days to begin watching from when you downloaded/rented, and once you start watching it you have 48hrs before it disappears? IE, you download/rent it, then don't watch it for 7days, then you can watch it as many times as you like in 48hrs from when you first pressed play...

    So why the second wait people are experiencing?
     
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    Although not ideal, the OP could always download to their computer and then stream from it to the ATV. It would still take an age to download at first, but they could then watch, stop and resume without having to download it again.
     
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    I had Virgin 10Mb but was only getting just over 2Mb and this was way too low.

    Upgraded to 20Mb and regularly get over 18Mb and movies are fine.

    The only problem i have now is that my 46" Sony has a faulty screen!
     
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    ???
     
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    I dont understand your question, what does "So why the second wait people are experiencing?" mean?
    Anyway, when you rent a movie from itunes via apple tv it doesn't start downloading it all until you start watching it.
     
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    I thought it was quite clear? People are saying they rent a movie, wait ages for it to download, then when they go to watch it it takes ages to download again. So why the second "ages to download (again)" - when I rent a movie from iTunes, once it's downloaded it's there; no 2nd downloading (again) and it's no different than playing a media file I own...
     
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    I experienced that too but only when i had the slower broadband
     
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    What I don't understand is why! Why does it need to download twice or more? It's not streaming; once the download is initiated it completes, over whatever period of time, but unless you stop the download, it will carry on till done. So why does it need to download again for some people?
     
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    I have been experiencing the same issues where the movie will download a second time if I have not watched it.

    This is supposedly fixed in the latest firmware update that was released this week. I have not had chance to put this to the test. Maybe somebody can comment?
     

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