Daily Tip: How to rent TV episodes on iPad with iOS 4.2? [Beginner]

Interested in renting TV episodes on your iPad running the shiny new iOS 4.2? If you're in the US, you're in luck. While not all TV networks are on board yet there's still a decent amount of programming and the ability to download it and watch it offline if you're going on a road trip or flying cross country is very convenient. Find out how after the break!

You can now rent TV episodes directly on your iPad for just 99¢ each. Use iTunes and simply tap a show's View button to see the Buy and Rent options. Tap Rent to start the download and the rental clock -- 30 days to start watching and 48 hours to finish once you start. Use the Video app to view downloaded episodes. And if you've upgraded your iPad to iOS 4.2.1 you can use AirPlay to stream episodes directly to other screens on the same wireless network via Apple TV.

Hopefully more networks (and more countries!) will support the service soon. If you've used it, let us know how it worked for you, and if you prefer getting your TV from somewhere other than iTunes rentals, let us know where!

Bonus tip: TV rentals also work on iPhone and iPod touch.

[iTunes News]

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Daily Tip: How to rent TV episodes on iPad with iOS 4.2? [Beginner]


But do you still have to wait for the entire episode to download before you can begin watching on iPad/iPhone? Or does it buffer like AppleTV?

@Georgia I think both you and Rene have great insight and do a great job of informing the Apple community. I wanted to bring up one issue I noticed. I went into an Apple store in Calgary, Canada and I was helping a friend with purchasing an AppleTV. I was surprised by the fact that the display units showed TV show rentals as well as pricing that was lower than I am used to seeing in iTunes. It turns out that the units in the store were connected using a United States based ip address. This is something that the 99.9% of Canadians do not have access to. I think that this is deceitful on the part of Apple as people will get a totally different experience in terms of what shows are available as well as the pricing model once they connect it at home. I think this is something that you should discuss on a future podcast so that the rest of the listeners realize the situation. Thanks so much. It’s always great listening to you and Rene.

I think we need an iPad tip about uploading photos and videos through email to facebook. There are seriously a lot of people that complain about not having an app to upload these and needing to use the iPhone app or a desktop when they could just email them easily.