iTunes 11.3 gives your movies all-new, all-streaming iTunes Extras

iTunes 11.3 brings iTunes Extras to the Apple TV

Apple has released iTunes 11.3, bringing some improvements to iTunes Extras for HD movies. This biggest change is that you will no longer need to download iTunes Extras to your computer before using them. Along with the changes in iTunes, iTunes Extras are now available for the Apple TV. The lack of iTunes Extras support for Apple TV has been a sore spot for years, so it's great to finally see them making the jump out of iTunes. Additionally, when iOS 8 is released in the fall, iTunes Extras for movies will be supported on your mobile device too.

Apple says that the "new iTunes Extras" will be automatically downloaded to your previously purchased HD movies at no cost as they are released, so it might take a little while for your favorite movie.

iTunes Extras bring the sort of extra disc features that came in "special edition" packages from the store, including image galleries, commentaries, behind-the-scenes videos, and more. When you hit play on a movie with Extras on the Apple TV, you're now presented with the option to play the movie itself, or to jump into the Extras.

iTunes 11.3 is available as a free update through the Mac App Store. Take a look at the new iTunes Extras, let us know how it's working for you!

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Derek Kessler

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So...u have to gave ur computer on and have the iTunes extras downloaded in order to use it? I'm confused ....

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Old iTunes Extras (now labeled as Extras (Original)) still download as they always did. New iTunes Extras (just labeled as Extras) stream.

Not all the old Extras have made the jump to the new Extras, which is why not all of them are yet on Apple TV, and why the old ones are still there for the movies that don't have new ones.

My Robocop (2014 version) iTunes movie now has extras when it didn't before. This is an update I have been waiting for a while.

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I feel like since maybe itunes 8 or 9 Apple hasn't added or improved Itunes or remotely addressed the myriad of problems with the software from features, to bloat, to responsiveness. They aren't even fixing the low hanging fruit that's been there for years. I'm convinced the people at Apple that decide what get's addressed and fixed in itunes don't have more than 10 albums of music and aren't music enthusiasts.

I'm updated on iTunes and Apple TV but I'm not getting anything on Apple TV. I've checked the 2 movies which qualify for this feature (I have stacks of standard def iTunes Extras which are still stuck on my Mac, but thats another point), and neither show or play extra features.

Both HD with iTunes Extras already supposedly in place. Am I missing something?

As an added bonus, I have noticed that with this version of iTunes, my old mac mini with a '04 Cinema HD display now plays HD versions of movies. No more annoying "you can't play this HD content on a non-HDCP display..." nonsense. I wonder if this is by design or a wonderful "bug"?