K.M. asks from Apple Valley, CA on January 04, 2009
Downloading Movies from Itunes
Does anyone have experience downloading movies from Itunes? I must confess to being stuck in the last century. I do not own an Ipod and am embarrassed to say I have never even seen one up close:)
I need to know if you purchase a movie/TV show and download it to your computer, are you then able to burn a DVD of it to watch on your TV? My daughter was devestated when her favorite program "Bunnytown" was no longer on our satelite programming. It was recommended to me that I could purchase the whole first season from Itunes as a download. Everyone that I talk to says they can burn CD's of music, but no one can confirm or deny, for sure, that you can do the same with movies onto DVD's. The download is NOT cheap and I don't want to waste my money if it won't work. Please let me know if anyone has successfully done this. I would really like to surprise my little girl!
M.M. answers from San Luis Obispo on January 05, 2009
Totally know how you feel - no more Bunnytown for us either! Tried to contact Disney to find out why but no response yet. We have an iPod and downloaded the entire first season, then purchased a converter (about $50) to hook it up to our TV. To my knowledge, you can't burn DVDs of programs you've purchased via iTunes - something to do with the compression/codding of the files. There are probably some great deals for iPods on eBay.com right now, if you're in a position to make the investment. Hope this helps!
D.H. answers from Los Angeles on January 05, 2009
iTunes movies are downloaded in a digital copy format (mp4 for example) If you so chose to you could invest in an ipod capable of playing movies and play the movies from the ipod on the tv (with a cable that plugs into your ipod and then to your tv via the rca plugs) My dvd player is older and will not play digital copy formats, I do not know if newer ones are capable. if you have more questions feel free to message me!
S.R. answers from Los Angeles on January 05, 2009
To burn anything onto DVD, you must have a DVD burner on your computer. Most computers have a CD burner, but not all have DVD burners.
Even if you do have a computer that can burn DVD's, trying to get it there from iTunes doesn't sound like something you should embark on unless you have done it before and it's a sure thing. I would play it safe and just hunt for the actual DVD's to buy.
R.V. answers from San Diego on January 05, 2009
I tried doing this with episodes of Lost, and found that you cannot burn TV shows or movies to DVD, although it's easy to burn songs to CD's. I just watched it on my computer, but the converter that previous posters mentioned sounds like a good idea.
B.B. answers from Honolulu on January 06, 2009
I am not sure how it works if you have a pC, but I use a program called handbrake to rip dvds. hope that helps!
D.E. answers from San Diego on January 05, 2009
I just wanted to let you know that I do not own an iPod, either, nor have I downloaded anything from iTunes--which is pretty funny considering that my husband is an IT and production manager and our house has almost every technological thingy one can buy. My husband has an iPhone and a fancy iPod--which I've never inspected closely, either!
You're not alone--but my understanding is that downloading anything from iTunes is pretty easy. My husband just downloaded "A Charlie Brown Christmas" from iTunes onto his computer which then shows up on our AppleTV so that we can watch it from our living room t.v.
:-) Good luck!
P.S. If you have a fancy iPod (one that shows video), you can download shows from iTunes onto it and watch them there--good for travel. My husband did this on his iPod with episodes of Blue's Clues for our son.
P.P.S. We have Cox Cable--if you do too, then perhaps you can check the Freezone section of your OnDemand and see if Bunnytown episodes are there. We watch Blue's Clues and Sesame Street this way often.
A.M. answers from Los Angeles on January 08, 2009
I asked my husband about your question and he said "no. You are not able to burn a DVD from iTunes." Apple will not let you burn video to DVD, only music. My suggestion would be to try Amazon.com and see if they have Season 1 of Bunnytown for sale. Good luck.
S.M. answers from Fayetteville on January 05, 2009
Yes you can do this, but I have to warn you that purchasing things from itunes then tranfering them can be a little iffy. They are high proprietary. I've done it before and so have a lot of my friends, but it is a lot easier especially if you are not familiar with their program to google bunnytown and purchase the dvds straight. I know Amazon sells a few Bunnytown DVDs. It is more portable and can be transferred to other devices. Thing purchased from itunes can only be played on an ipod-line device, up to a certain number of devices, and on a certain number of computers (this is of course unless you are good at "changing" thing) For someone who is stuck in the last century, buy the dvd set, find someone how knows how to rip and burn, and make back up copies. If you still insist on downloading from itunes do yourself a huge favor and have someone who has done it before do it for you. ps, look for other places that offer downloads, I have purchased things from Amazon and I can convert it to any program that I want for viewing burning purposes.