How Can I Download a Rented Movie from iTunes?

Posted by Nick Orin on Jan 8, 2020 3:20 PM.
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For people who have a lower budget for film watching, renting movies from iTunes is a cost-effective way to enjoy the same quality iTunes movies with a lower price, compared with purchasing them. Yet as everything has its merit and demerit, iTunes movie rental also has its limitations. For example, you can only watch the movies on Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, iMac, etc. or computers that run the latest version of iTunes. Besides, you can only keep the rentals for 30 days and once you start watching the film, you need to finish it within 48 hours.

Many people may wonder how to rent a movie from iTunes and is that possible to download iTunes movie rentals for watching without waiting for streaming? Well, this post will show you everything about iTunes movie rentals, along with more useful tips.

Part 1. How to Rent a Movie from iTunes
Part 2. How to Download iTunes Movie Rentals
Tips: How to Watch iTunes Movie Rentals on Any Device

Part 1. How to Rent a Movie from iTunes

Before we show you how to download rented movies from iTunes, we will briefly talk about the way to rent a film from iTunes. The following is the basic info and detailed steps you should know.

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Tools we need

Generally speaking, we have three ways to rent iTunes movie:

1. Through a computer;
2. Through an iOS device;
3. Through an Apple TV.

No matter you decide to rent the iTunes movie on a PC/Mac, an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch or a widescreen TV with Apple TV, please make sure your computer is running the latest version of iTunes, your iDevice has the latest version of iOS installed and your Apple TV is equipped with the latest version of tvOS.

Moreover, you need an Apple ID with correct password as well as a smooth Internet connection.

Steps to rent a movie from iTunes

To rent a movie from iTunes Store on a Mac/PC, an iOS device or an Apple TV, the steps are as follows:

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Step 1: First of all, please launch the latest version of iTunes app on your Mac or Windows-based computer or an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Step 2: Next please go to browse the iTunes Store and click the Movies option to find the one you want to rent.

Step 3: Now click the Rent button beside the movie and enter the Apple ID and password to sign in the iTunes Store. Complete the payment process and it will be rented by you.

Part 2. How to Download an iTunes Movie Rental

Not all iTunes movie rentals can be watched immediately after you rent them. Some of them need to be downloaded, or at least partially, before you can watch them. Or, if you want to watch your rental movies for playback without Internet connection, you can also download it in advance. The following is the quick guide:

Step 1: Open iTunes and go to the iTunes Store > Movies to find your target movie.

Step 2: After click the Rent button, you can tap the download icon itunes download icon (the cloud with the down arror) to download the film to your computer or device.

Note: Your downloaded iTunes rentals can only be saved on your computer within its rental period. Once it expires, all of them will be gone.

Where to find the movies you've rented from iTunes

After rent and download the movies you want, you can then play them on Apple player or device. But where can I find the movies? Check the following places.

If you rent and download iTunes movies on PC or Mac, you can go to the iTunes Library > Movies section > Rentals tab to find them.

If you rent and download iTunes movies on iPhone, iPad or iPod, iTunes rentals can be found in your TV app (iTunes movie rentals will be saved in the Videos app in iOS 10 and former) on your device, and then you should navigate to the Library > Rentals.

If you rent and download iTunes movies on Apple TV 4th generation, iTunes movie rentals are located in the Rentals section of your Movies app. For 3rd and 2nd generation, you can find them on the top shelf of the main menu.

More you need to know about iTunes movie rentals

Now you know how to rent a movie from iTunes, and here there is something more we need to remind you.

1. The validity of rented iTunes movies is limited. You only have 30 days to keep it and it only gives you 48 hours to finish watching it once you begin. Once it expires, the iTunes movie will disappear and if want to watch it, you need to rent it again.

2. All the iTunes movie rentals are limited to be played on iTunes compatible devices and you can't watch the rented iTunes movies on other devices.

3. You can own the iTunes movie rentals on one Apple device at a time.

4. To watch an HD move, you must play it on a supported device such as a Mac or PC with iTunes installed, iPhone 4 or newer models, iPad and iPod touch that are 4 generation or later, or TV that is using Apple TV.

Part 3. How to Watch iTunes Movie Rentals Offline on Any Device

So, is that possible to break the time limitation and playback device restriction? The answer is definitely positive. Here we will introduce a professional iTunes movie converter named TunesKit M4V Converter to help users to download rented movies from iTunes legally.

As we know, all movies that you rented from iTunes are protected by digital right management (DRM) technology from Apple Inc. in the form of a special video format – M4V. TunesKit M4V Converter is specially designed to remove DRM from iTunes movies and convert it MP4 or other common video formats, so that we can fully make use of the digit content by watching them anytime on any device. Furthermore, this program will also allow you to remove DRM from both rented and purchased iTunes movies while preserving 100% the original quality.

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Key Features of TunesKit M4V Converter:

  • Losslessly remove DRM from rented iTunes movies
  • Convert rented iTunes movies to MP4 or other formats
  • Allow you to play iTunes movies on non-Apple devices
  • Crack iTunes DRM at 30X faster speed
  • Retain Dolby surround sound, AD tracks, CC subtitles
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Quick steps to convert and download iTunes movie rentals

Next you can follow the simple guide below to learn how to remove DRM from iTunes movie rentals for playback on any device at any time by using TunesKit M4V Converter.

Step 1Import the movies you rented from iTunes

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Launch TunesKit M4V Converter after completed the installation on your computer. You can click the Library button on the top menu to automatically add the rentals from iTunes library or simply drag and drop the iTunes movie rentals to the program.

Step 2Choose output format

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Then click the Format panel at the lower left corner and select an output format such as MP4 (Lossless) or M4V (Lossless) to keep the original video quality.

Step 3Start to download rented movies iTunes

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When all the settings are ready, now press the Convert button and ask TunesKit to start converting iTunes M4V rentals to DRM-free files. Wait a while until the conversion process comes to an end. Then you can click the Converted button on the top menu bar to find your iTunes movie rentals and then play on any device freely.

In the following video guide, you can see clearly how to download rented movies on iTunes with TunesKit M4V Converter, so you can then keep all the rented iTunes movies on your computer or other mobile devices for offline listening forever.

The Final Thoughts

It would be very annoying after paying for the iTunes movie rentals but cannot enjoy them freely. Now the thing becomes simple with the help of TunesKit M4V Converter. With the program, you can easily to bypass the DRM protection from all rented iTunes movies or TV shows and save them as DRM-free MP4 format with lossless quality. The software is easy to use and the steps are quick, so why not download it free and give it a try?

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