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Topic # 42395 4-Oct-2009 13:21
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Hey..

Trying out iTunes Movie Rentals for the first time.

Hired a chick-flick for my better half... It will only play via iTunes (Expected) however when selecting 'full screen'
for playback it goes back to the main gui.  I can hear the movie soundtrack in the background.

There's no other video output connected and the PC can only see our Samsung TV. 

It's a bit annoying having to watch the movie with the iTunes toolbar on screen.  Any ideas?


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  Reply # 261807 6-Oct-2009 19:01
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Bit of a pain if you don't get true fullscreeen mode. But what else do you expect from proprietary software. Sure there's no way to disable in options?

 Otherwise, ah, ah-um: transcode it, watch it with preferred software player, then delete it.




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  Reply # 261816 6-Oct-2009 19:26
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  Reply # 261818 6-Oct-2009 19:32
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freitasm: When I go full screen I get nothing else but the movie.
Was that at default preferences? Or did you have to adjust an option? What version iTunes? Latest, I assume.




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  Reply # 261821 6-Oct-2009 19:39
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I have had no problems with ITunes and full-screen movies. I have used various version including the latest 9.x with no issues. I assume you have checked that it is not playing in a Window in the background somewhere?
I also assume that you are going to full screen using the option in the ITunes video menu at the bottom of the video screen, not the top right corner?



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  Reply # 261822 6-Oct-2009 19:39
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When I went full screen, the movie disappeared. Could still hear the audio though. The main gui showing. I did a alt-tab to go through the open screens but the video no where to be found.

No straight answer from iTunes yet... though they have given me a credit.

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  Reply # 261824 6-Oct-2009 19:47
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What type of resolution are the rentals? Any form DRM? Or video/audio restrictions. ie. is this form of movie renting recommended by you guys? Won't hi-jack the thread any further Laughing Cheers.




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  Reply # 261833 6-Oct-2009 20:11
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Can't recall offhand. Wasn't HD though (which was one of my complaints to Apple as rentals aren't clearly labelled as to what is HD and what isn't). It was on par with DVD quality. Yes, DRM is involved as as soon as you start to play it, you can continue to watch it for 48 hours. After this time it is deleted (as rental has ended). IF you don't watch it, you have up to 30 days before the rental expires.

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  Reply # 262470 8-Oct-2009 17:34
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I had similar problem and it turned out to be a known issue with some sort of conflict in windows vista or W7 if you have changed the on screen font size from default.



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  Reply # 262480 8-Oct-2009 18:10
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ajst2duk: I had similar problem and it turned out to be a known issue with some sort of conflict in windows vista or W7 if you have changed the on screen font size from default.


No, that was to do with the taskbar remaining on screen in full screen mode.  Sorted that out before I used iTunes.  We're talking about the video not even showing in full screen, but I can hear the audio.

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  Reply # 262668 9-Oct-2009 11:08
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ZollyMonsta:
ajst2duk: I had similar problem and it turned out to be a known issue with some sort of conflict in windows vista or W7 if you have changed the on screen font size from default.


No, that was to do with the taskbar remaining on screen in full screen mode.  Sorted that out before I used iTunes.  We're talking about the video not even showing in full screen, but I can hear the audio.


Yep exactly the issue I was having - specifically with Itunes - fixed it by reverting font size to default - plenty of info if you google it.



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  Reply # 262674 9-Oct-2009 11:20
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So it turns out HD movie rentals aint available in NZ.. So time to uinstall iTunes off my HTPC.

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  Reply # 263372 11-Oct-2009 23:03
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HD content is limited to the Apple TV in all countries (with the exception of trailers). I suspect it's because people will start downloading HD versions without realizing that you need hardware acceleration in your PC for it not to stutter. Sucks for people that know what they are doing, but saves Apple a lot of tech support.

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  Reply # 263399 12-Oct-2009 08:20
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tumnasgt: HD content is limited to the Apple TV in all countries (with the exception of trailers).


Wrong. HD Content is available on iTunes movies for select content - for example I have Quantum of Solace in HD.







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  Reply # 263400 12-Oct-2009 08:37
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Odd.. maybe that's if you BUY content? DId you buy it or just rent it Freitasm?

I was told by iTunes employee via email that HD content is not available in NZ, unless it's via Apple TV.

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  Reply # 263403 12-Oct-2009 09:00
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I have an iTunes U.S. account - so probably some content is not available in NZ. And I bought the content.




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