How to Watch Rented Movies on iTunes

iTunes provides a wide variety of video content in the form of movie rentals and purchases. Most iTunes rental movies cost around $2.99 – $6.99, while the purchased price is around $9.99 – $19.99. Renting movies from iTunes store is more economic comparing to purchase the same movie in iTunes. But many people asked “where are my rented movies on the latest iTunes” in some forums. Do you know where to find the rented movies on iTunes and watch it? If don’t, please check this tutorial to learn how to open rented movies on iTunes.

First you need to know if you use your iOS device or Apple TV to rent from iTunes Store, you have to watch the movie on that device. However, you can Airplay a rented movie from your device to your Apple TV. Therefore, to watch rented movies on iTunes, make sure you have rented the movies on your computer.

Finding iTunes Movies to Rent

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Go to the movies section of the iTunes Store by clicking on the drop-down media menu and selecting Movies. Click on Store at the top of the screen to open the iTunes Movie screen.

Step 3. Click any movie icon to open its information page. The information page contains trailers for the movie, cast information, and prices to buy and to rent the movie. The newest movies won’t display a rental price, only a buy price, but many of those movies will say when the movie will be available for rent.

Step 4. Click the Rent HD or Rent SD button to rent a movie. Toggle between HD and SD with the button beneath the rental price. The rental price for the HD version is usually higher than for the SD version.

Step 5. Your iTunes account is charged the rental price and the download begins.

Downloading Movies from iTunes to Your Computer

As the iTunes movie rental begins to download, a new tab appears at the top of iTunes Movies screen entitled “Rented.” Click on the “Rented” tab to open a screen with your rental movies on it, including the one you just rented. If you don’t see the “Rented” tab, make sure you have Movies selected in the iTunes drop-down media menu.

It takes a while for a movie to download—how long depends on the speed of your internet connection. You can begin watching the movie as soon as enough of it has downloaded to begin. If you are in the habit of watching movies while you are offline, say on an airplane, you’ll need to complete the download of the movie to your laptop before you go offline.

When You Are Ready to Watch

Hover your mouse over the movie poster and click the Play button that appears to start watching the movie on your computer. Don’t click on the rental movie until you are ready to watch it, though. You have 30 days to click on the rental, but once you click on it, you have only 24 hours to complete watching the movie. The rented movie expires after 30 days or 24 hours after you begin watching it, whichever comes first. If you aren’t ready to watch the movie, you can click on the movie poster—not the Play button—for information about the movie and the cast.

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Source: Lifewire