Movie rental usage rights in the United States

Rent and watch movies from the iTunes Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod*, Mac, or PC, or on your TV using Apple TV.

iTunes Store movie rental usage rules

  • You can start watching a movie before it finishes downloading, but your rental must download completely before you can watch it offline. For example if you want to watch it on a flight on which you won't have an Internet or WiFi connection.
  • After you rent a movie, you have 30 days to start watching it.
  • After you start watching a rental, you have 24 hours to finish watching it. You can watch the movie as many times as you want within this 24-hour period. The time remaining for you to watch the movie appears near the movie's title on the device you're using.
  • Rentals expire when either the 30-day or 24-hour limit is reached. After the rental expires, the movie will be automatically deleted from your device if it was downloaded. If you want to watch the movie again, you have to rent it again.
  • During the rental period, you can move a movie from iTunes on your computer to a iPhone, iPad, or iPod using a USB cable. You can't move movies rented on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, but you can play them through an Apple TV using AirPlay.
  • You can only play rentals on devices that are authorized to play your iTunes Store purchases and rentals.

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If you restore or erase your iPhone, iPad, or iPod before you finish watching a rental, your rental deletes and isn't recoverable.

*Supported video-enabled iPod models are:

iPod touch, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod nano (3rd generation), iPod nano (4th generation), iPod nano (5th generation), and iPod classic. See this document if you're not sure which iPod model you have.

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