Best digital movie rental service

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  1. erich

    erich Silver Member

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    Looking to download a rented movie on the ground and watch it offline in flight. Recommendations?

    It is unclear to me whether Amazon's instant video would allow this, and last I heard the Netflix app does not offer this functionality
     
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    If i'm not mistaken iTunes is the only program where you can download to the device. Most others stream while connected.
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    The Google Movie service announced last week at Google IO allows you to watch movies offline. You will need an Android device to use it. I might give it a shot later this weekend on my new Samsung Galaxy Tab.

    http://mashable.com/2011/05/10/google-movies-android/
     
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    That isnt correct, unless you have the xoom
    http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1286005
     
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    Apparently the one big problem with iTunes is that you need to be connected to the internet to start watching a video during the rental period, so that it can clock you in, if you will.
     
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    I suspect that's because the Xoom is at this time the only tablet that has Honeycomb 3.1 available, which is apparently a requirement for Android Market movies:

    http://www.google.com/support/androidmarket/bin/answer.py?answer=1266319

    The new Galaxy Tab from Samsung should be getting 3.1 over the next few weeks according to Google (and it's not yet officially released anyway... Launching June 8).

    During the Google IO keynote where they launched Android movies they showed it on a phone. I don't recall them saying that it will require Android 3.1, which wouldn't be available until Q4 in the form of ice-cream sandwich.

    Edit: this article says movies will soon come to devices with Androd 2.2 or later:

    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent...om_first_to_get_android_31_movie_rentals.html

    I guess I 'll have to watch the relevant part of the keynote again to get it from the horse's mouth.

    M recommendation to the OP's question for now would actually be... Netflix. Get the DVDs, rip them to a file with Handbrake, watch in whatever device you want when you want and where you want, and then delete it again. I call it platform-shifting.
     
  7. wolfsatz
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    I use the iTunes rental system all the time. No network connection is required to start watching the movie, at least on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Not positive on a laptop.

    I'm also a big Mac the Ripper and Handbrake fan, allows me to get whatever movies I own onto whatever device I want them on.
     

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