iTunes video to go: download video, TV shows to your notebook to watch on-screen or on your TV

“The big news from Apple: You can now watch video on an iPod. But in my opinion, here’s the bigger news: If you miss last night’s Lost or Desperate Housewives, you can download the episode the day after it aired and watch it on your notebook–legally, easily, and without commercials–thanks to Apple. Even better, connect your notebook to your TV, and you can watch the show on a big screen. I’ve viewed downloaded iTunes video content on my notebook and TV, and overall, I liked what I saw,” James A. Martin writes for PC World. “The video quality was roughly equivalent to a VHS tape: fine for casual viewing, but not nearly as detailed as a DVD. I noticed an occasional dropped frame, but overall the motion was fluid. The audio sounded good–crisp and without distortion–on both my notebook and Sony stereo TV.”

“Apple is first to offer prime-time TV show episodes for legal download the day after their first broadcast. Combine that with a price tag of just $2 an episode and iTunes’ easy-to-use interface, and mobile professionals have a great new option for goofing off with their laptops in flight, on the train, or at home,” Martin writes.

Full article here.

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It’s nice to see the story in PC World that iPod is not even required to enjoy iTunes Music Store’s video content and that computers and other screens can be used as well.

Want to connect your Mac to another screen? Use Apple’s $19.99 VGA Display Adapter to connect the mini-VGA port on your Mac to any VGA-equipped monitor or external projector for video-mirroring. The VGA cable plugs into the VGA video-out port built into some Mac models. Or use Apple’s Apple Video Adapter to connect the mini-VGA video output port on your Mac to any S-video or Composite enabled device (TV, VCR, or overhead projector’s S-Video or RCA (composite) cable).


  1. mattyg –

    If you look at Apple’s other PRODUCTS you will find tha tthe Mac mini allows you hook it up to a TV, with an adapter depending on your TV, and you can do all your Lost watching there, without the need to buy a 299 or 399 iPod 5th Gen.

  2. I do the same thing. Working every Wednesday prevents me from watching my beloved Lost while it airs. I have been downloading them from iTunes the next day and it works out great. I do admit that the quality isn’t as great as divx, but it’s fine for casual viewing. I really wish Apple pushed higher resolution (Even 640 x 800) even though the new iPod is only at half that. I think a lot more people will watch episodes of their shows on their computers (whether on the screen or interfaced with a TV) than on an iPod.

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