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Living in the future, rant version

So I bought a movie on Amazon and downloaded it to my ipad, so I could watch it on the TV, because that's how I stream Netflix, and it's the easiest thing to do. Problem? Amazon videos won't export to external devices. They claim it's a rights thing.

FINE. I'll buy a movie on iTunes. I've watched iTunes episodes on the TV without problems. Oh, but not PROTECTED movies. Those won't go out, via my Apple-brand HDMI converter, to the TV. Because rights.

Seriously, I just want to watch the stupid movie that I've legally bought on the stupid TV from my iPad. WHY SO HARD?!



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Feb. 2nd, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
I "love" how it sometimes seems like they're actively driving people to piracy a lot of times. Paid for a DVD? How about sitting through 5 minutes of commercials you can't skip? Bought a show on iTunes? How about an hours-long hassle trying to get it to play on all the devices in the house?

Feb. 2nd, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
And it's not like it's any CHEAPER to get the digital edition than buying a hardcopy DVD, despite trying to be, you know, ecologically conscious and not needing the giant boxes and the pounds of shipping junk and the stupid disc that will eat space on the shelves forever.
Jenny Heidewald
Feb. 3rd, 2015 12:33 am (UTC)
Only special movies get shelf space *glares at all the VHS tapes sitting by the TV*
Feb. 3rd, 2015 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah I have a number of VHS movies that have never come out on dvd or bluray. Major annoyance but keeps the dust off the VCR :-)
Feb. 2nd, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
Yup. DRM sucks all around.

Edited at 2015-02-02 10:30 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
I have this problem now too. The soundtrack to Rainbow Rocks, which Daughter wants, is available... only on iTunes.

I don't HAVE iTunes. I hear now that if I buy it on iTunes I can download it in a format where I can import it onto my other MP3 players, but to do that I have to install iTunes and make an account, etc etc.

I don't know why it's not on bloody Amazon, where I can download it from a browser, but the net effect of this has been me pirating all the music off youtube.
Feb. 3rd, 2015 06:38 am (UTC)
I buy the SD version, and hook up my laptop (now my Surface tablet) to my TV as a second or duplicate monitor (haven't tried the tablet yet as I need a new cable). I watch on my computer while working most of the time but it is extremely rant-worthy when stuff you legally own you can't access. I even have Plex which I can stream videos from my pc to my phone and xbox which is hooked up my tv, but again, iTunes blocks streaming. I also hate book publishers that refuse to publish ebooks outside of America. Or they DRM them to a specific format. Hello, I haz money, I being all legal and stuff!
Feb. 3rd, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
I suspect it's to try and drum up folks to use their Fire TV box or stick. Since then you can watch anything you purchase on the tv, or other compatible devices, and toss it back and forth from a kindle to the tv and so on. Major annoyance for apple users though. One of my friends said he uses airplay and sent me this: http://www.appletvhacks.net/2014/04/09/how-to-stream-amazon-prime-instant-on-apple-tv/#.VNDI0Gh4rk8

I'm not an ipad user currently so I can't test it out myself.
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