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  1. #1

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    Jul 02, 2014
    Movie won't play in iTunes
    Hi all, I'm new to this, if this is the wrong place to post about this, please move it.
    My iMac is 6 days old now, I just tried to download a movie via iTunes. It won't play. I tried my best searching for an answer, tried all that was suggested, but still no luck.

    I have downloaded some apps from the app store, I guess my account authorisation is ok otherwise these wouldn't have worked (got the $1 account evaluation on my credit card)

    The iMac i'm using has mavericks 10.9.4 installed and updated yesterday. Account with iTunes should be good to go. iMac is almost brand new.

    The file download is still not fully compete, i expect it will take the better part of 1.5 hrs, its halfway and the first half took that long.

    I got the "watch now or later" prompt and clicked watch later., but clicking the thumbnail in the library won't start it playing.

    All i'm getting is a black screen. I can see thumbnails of the chapters.

    I was hoping that supporting apple by paying $$, I would get what i wanted, given all the iTunes hype. Gotta admit, this is the first disappointment I've had, I feel its an iTunes fault, not an iMac fault, but i know very little.

    I found some old tips that suggested flicking between the mini player and back, but that didn't work.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Any help greatly appreciated.


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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    I don't normally download movies from iTunes, but I believe you will not be able to watch the movie until the download is complete. The watch now or later refers to after the movie is downloaded not while the download is in progress.

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    "Watch now" allows you to start watching a purchased or rented movie almost immediately -- you've told the computer that you want to watch the movie even as it is downloading, which it can do (but if the download is going slowly, you may see pauses).

    Telling it "watch later" informs the computer that you will not be watching the movie until after it is completely downloaded, so that (in the case of a rental) your "countdown clock" doesn't start early. Wait for it to download and then it will play as expected.

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Jul 02, 2014
    You are right chas_m, thats all it was. I think I was getting impatient.
    Movie plays as expected, kids are happy now. I feel a little embarrassed now...

    Thank you

  5. #5
    No worries!

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