ITunes movie rental

Rented the movie interstellar from iTunes just to see what the service was like.
The playback was terrible, kind of like a slideshow which completely killed the movie.
Has anyone else rented movies from itunes? If so how was your experience?

geek_honeysacat, Apr 21, 12:12 pm

Never had that problem. What sort of Internet connection do you have?

geek_doggitt, Apr 21, 12:31 pm

The movie was downloaded to hard drive so internet speed can't have been an issue.

geek_honeysacat, Apr 21, 12:41 pm

Fair enough. How was it played to your tv?

geek_doggitt, Apr 21, 12:46 pm

Hdmi to TV, playback was also bad on the normal desktop monitor

geek_honeysacat, Apr 21, 1:07 pm

that would tend to indicate the cpu isn't up to spec. if your running something like an old Pentium or even a modern cheapie CPU it can struggle with 1080p or even 720p movies

geek_king1, Apr 21, 1:11 pm

so you rented or bought? If bought then its just a HD video so has to be your hardware or setup. If rented then more likely a bandwidth or lack of problem. Can you stream other HD content ok on the same device?

geek_brycer, Apr 21, 1:26 pm

Rented, was downloaded and saved to iTunes folder as a 6.5 GB m4a file. (1080p)
When I started watching it iTunes said I had 48 hours to finish watching.

geek_honeysacat, Apr 21, 2:06 pm

Do you know the specifications of your computer, in particularly the processor, RAM and video card?

geek_cafc2012, Apr 21, 3:00 pm

Sounds like a computer issue

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 21, 3:05 pm

AMDPhenomII x4 @4Ghz, 8GB DDR2 800. Nvidia GTX960 2GB

geek_honeysacat, Apr 21, 4:33 pm

Well, that rules out any hardware bottlenecks, that kit should happliy playback video. I assume your iTunes and quicktime are utodate? The only other though I have is that its a read issue from your HDD, but give the manufacture age of the processor and video card I'm guessing your not storing the files on an ancient disk?

geek_cafc2012, Apr 21, 4:48 pm

And in answer to the other part of you questions, I've rented films from iTunes without issue, and played back on older kit that yours. In fact the only digital rental service I have had problems with was Amazon Prime, which was terribly laggy (but that was streaming, not with the whole film cached to a HDD)

geek_cafc2012, Apr 21, 4:50 pm

you can use hdtune to test the HDD speed just in case,
http://www.hdtune.com/download.html

geek_king1, Jan 28, 5:14 pm

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