By Justin SabrinaUpdated on October 24, 2023
“Can I watch a rented movie without WiF turned on? If I rent a movie from the iTunes store, do I need to have an internet connection to watch the rented movie?” -- stephf13 asked on Apple Support Communities
“Is it possible to watch a rented movie on a flight? Recently I rented and downloaded movies from iTunes to watch on my iPad Pro during a flight. However while in airplane mode the movies will not load. Does anybody have a way to fix this?” --jeffoakpark asked on Apple Support Communities
“What's the best way to watch iTunes rental movies on iPad offline on an airplane? I want to watch movies while I am flying.”-- Mailchimp asked on Q&A site Quora.
“How can I play iTunes retented movies on Airplane Mode without Wifi? If not, what if I buy it?” BabyMale asked on Q&A site reddit.
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How to watch iTunes retented movies on Airplane Mode without Wifi? Many iTunes users might have encountered similar problems. As we all know, the iTunes movies, TV shows, music videos and other M4V video files are all encrypted by FairPlay DRM, which prevents us from watching these purchased and rented video files on any devices or media players that we like. Likewise, iTunes music (bought before 2009), audiobooks and Apple Music are also protected by DRM(Digital rights management). However, we can’t keep iTunes rented movies forever even if you have purchased and downloaded them to the iTunes library.
Preparation: Rent Movies on iTunes Store
To offline watch iTunes rental movies on airplane, you need to rent a movie from the iTunes Store firstly,
After you've rented a movie from iTunes, you'll be able to see it with your movie collection on all your other Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
How to Watch Rented iTunes Movies Offline On iOS Device
Step 1. Open the Apple TV app on your iPhone or iPad, tap the 'Library' button to see a Rentals section.
Step 2. Tap on the "Download" (a cloud icon) to start downloading your rental iTunes movie on iPhone.
Step 3. After the download is complete, you can watch iTunes rental movies offline on your iPhone or iPad in Airplane mode.
How to Watch Rented iTunes Movies Offline On Mac/PC
Step 1. Open iTunes app on your Mac or Windows computer, tap "Rented" tab.
Step 2. Click the "Download" (a cloud icon) to start downloading.
Step 3. Then you can watch iTunes rental movies offline on Mac in Airplane mode.
Limitations of Renting Movies on iTunes for Offline Viewing
When you start, iTunes rental will be unavailable after 24 hours. But, for iTunes rentals, when you start watching it (30 days from the time of rental to watch the movie), you have to finish watching it within have 24 hours (in the US) or 48 hours (elsewhere). Otherwise, your rental movies will disappears and becomes unplayable.
Conclusion: To watch iTunes rented movies on a flight, you need to rent movies from the iTunes Store and then download the entire movie on Apple devices before you watch offline, then press play to start offline watching the downloaded movies within 24 hours.
The above conventional methods are limited, is there better way to offline watch iTunes rental movies on Airplane without limitation?
To offline watch iTunes rented movies at any time via any devices when you're on a flight, it will be necessary to remove DRM from iTunes rentals and convert M4V movies to MP4, which is the best way to keep iTunes rented movies forever, even it expires.
UkeySoft M4V Converter is an outstanding iTunes Rental Converter software, it can lossless convert iTunes movies to MP4 at up to 30X fast speed, as well as preserving all subtitles and audio tracks. What’s more, it enables users legally remove the DRM protection from iTunes rented movies during conversion. Besides, you can play any iTunes movies/TV shows/music videos on any devices without wifi connection, such as Android phones, Android tables, Android TVs, iPhone, iPad, PS4, PS3, Xbox, etc. The following tutorial will show you how to remove DRM protected from iTunes rented movies on Mac computer, you also can use the M4V to MP4 Converter for Windows version to convert iTunes Movies to MP4 on Windows 10, 8, 7.
Free download UkeySoft M4V Converter on PC or Mac firstly.
Tips: Currently the UkeySoft M4V Converter program is not compatible with macOS 10.13 High Sierra or above. If you have an access to Windows platform, we suggest you use our Windows version.
Let’s learning how to convert iTunes M4V movies to MP4 for offline playing without any limitation.
Step 1. Install iTunes and Download Movies to iTunes Library
At first you can download the iTunes application on your PC or Mac for free and install it, then download your rental movies to the iTunes library. After download the entire movie onto the iTunes library, then exit the iTunes application.
Step 2. Launch UkeySoft M4V Converter
Download, install and run the iTunes M4V Converter on your Mac or Windows computer.
Step 3. Add M4V Movies from iTunes Library
Click “Add Files” and all M4V videos (including music videos, movies and TV shows) be synced to the converter from your iTunes library, then choose movies you want to remove DRM from, and then click Add.
You can see all the selected iTunes movies loaded into the software.
Step 3. Select Output Audio Tracks and Subtitles (Optional)
UkeySoft M4V Converter will preserve all original subtitles and audio tracks by default. You are free to select and preserve only the ones you want. You also can click “Options” icon to change output folder if you like.
Step 4. Start to Convert iTunes M4V Movies to MP4
The last step, just click "Convert" button to start converting the iTunes purchased or rented movies to MP4, it will removing the FairPlay DRM from iTunes movies during conversion.
During converting, iTunes plays the iTunes movies in the background (muted), so you'd better not using iTunes until the whole conversion process complete, please wait patiently.
Step 5. Get M4P Movies
Now, you can play these videos on your local player or transfer iTunes movies from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet for offline watching while you're flighting.
The Apple TV app not only lets you all iTunes purchased/rental movies and TV shows directly, but also allows you to stream Apple Originals, movies and shows at will. If you join the Apple TV Plus subscription, you can download Apple TV+ videos to watch offline. It would be helpful when you want to watch Apple TV+ movies on a plane or have no internet access. But the download feature is only available on Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad or Mac. If you want to watch Apple TV+ movies offline on all devices outside the Apple TV app, you need to download Apple TV+ movies to MP4 using a third-party video downloader. Here you meet TunesBank Apple TV+ Downloader.
TunesBank Apple TV+ Downloder is a distinguished tool for downloading Apple TV Plus movies and shows to MP4/MKV format in high quality of up to 720p and 2.0 stereo. With this downloader, you can get rid of all the restrictions on Apple TV+ content and keep it locally forever. Thus, you can watch Apple TV+ offline on your Mac/PC computer, or move the videos to other devices for offline playback.
Check its Awesome Features:
Step 1. Run Apple TV+ Downloader
You may download and install the newest version of TunesBank Apple TV+ Downloader by clicking the "Download" button above. Then launch the program and sign in with your Apple ID.
Step 2. Add Apple TV+ Movies
You can search for the movie by typing the name/keyword or pasting the URL to the search bar.
Step 3. Change the Output Settings
Click the "Settings" icon on the top right and you can set up output video parameters like vidoe format, video codec, video quality, language, etc.
Step 4. Start Downloading Apple TV+ Movies
By clicking the "Download" icon, you can download your selected movies from Apple TV+ browser to your computer with ease.
When the downloading is finished, you can tap "History" tab and watch the downloaded Apple TV+ movies offline!
It is easy to download rented iTunes movies/shows to watch offline. UkeySoft M4V Converter offer the best way to remove DRM from iTunes purchased or rented movies, TV episodes, music videos, so that you can play iTunes purchased and rented contents offline on airplane. In addition, if you want to listen to Apple Music or Spotify music on airplane via MP3 player/iPod Nano/iPod Classic/iPod Shuffle, etc. You can use the Apple Music Converter or Spotify Music Converter to download and convert songs to MP3 files.
Enjoy safe & colorful digital life.