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iTunes Movie Rentals

One thing to know about iTunes Movie Rentals is that when you move the movie to your iPad, iPod or iPhone, it will be deleted from your computer's hard drive and you won't be able to get watch it there without renting the movie again. iTunes Movie Rentals are tied to the Digital Rights Management technology used by Apple for other content purchased from the iTunes store. You can download movies and enjoy them from a Mac, PC or Apple TV. Movies downloaded on a Mac or PC can be transferred to an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV.

Ideally, if you intend to rent a movie from the iTunes Store, you should rent it from the device you're planning to use to watch it. Keep in mind the size of the file, and how much space available for you. Rentals don't work like other items you purchase; you can't sync them to a portable device. But you can Sync iPad Purchased Files to Mac.

How to Rent a Movie from iTunes?

Step 1: To rent a movie from iTunes, simply log in to your iTunes Store account, find the movie that you would like to rent, and click the "Rent Movie" button that appears beside it.

Maybe you'll find out that some movies may be available only for rental or purchase, while others may be available for both. If a movie can be either purchased or rented, both options will be shown on the same movie page.

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Step 2: When you have selected a rental and purchased it, it will download from the iTunes Store in the same way as any other purchased content. You can find the "Rented Movies” in the iTunes Library list. If you’ve moved your rented content to your iPad, iPod, iPhone or Apple TV, it will not be shown in this listing.

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As mentioned above, there isn't any way to move a rented movie directly from one iTunes library to another, so make sure that you purchase and download your rented movies onto the computer on which you intend to enjoy it or transfer it to your iPad, iPod or Apple TV from.

Transfer Rented Movies to Devices

Step 1: Ensure the device is connected and appearing in the iTunes source list on the left-hand side, select the device under "DEVICE" option.

Step 2: On iTunes top toolbar, click "Movies" tab. A two-column view will appear above the normal movie transfer options listing the movies in your iTunes library on the left-hand side, and the movies on your device on the right-hand side.

To transfer a rented movie onto your device, simply highlight the movie, and click the "Move" button. The movie will immediately display on the right-hand side of the window, indicating that it is queued to be moved.

transfer rented movies to device

A movie can be moved back to your iTunes library in much the same way. Simply highlight and select the movie in the right-hand side, press the "ove"button, and then click the "Apply” button to save the setting and initiate a sync. The movie can be transferred from your device to iTunes library. And you can find the movie from "Rented Movies” listing.

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