“Last week my colleague, Rob Griffiths, noted that the 24-hour rental period for iTunes movies just wasn’t long enough for many parents. Get the kids to bed by 9:00, start watching the movie, fall asleep in front of the TV at 10:00 and by the time 9:00 PM rolls around again, the movie’s expired,” Christopher Breen reports for Macworld.
“However, Apple has made an accommodation for exactly this kind of situation yet, inexplicably, hasn’t bothered to mention it to anyone,” Breen reports.
Breen was doing some iPod to big screen tests and as the day wound down “paused the movie on the iPod and shut down the TV and AV gear for the night.”
The next evening Breen fired up his TV to find that “the paused image of Spiderman was still on the screen. Giving it a go, I pressed Play on the iPod and the movie picked up where it left off. Expecting the movie to vanish any minute—after all, this was nearly 12 hours after the movie was supposed to expire—I let it play for half an hour. It continued to play without complaint.”
Breen reports, “I decided to see what happened when I pressed the iPod’s Menu button. I was greeted with this nice surprise. An Expired Rental screen appeared that displayed these words: ‘This rental has expired. You can resume to finish your movie.’ Below the words were two options: Delete and Resume.”
“There was no way to legitimately back out of this screen, you have to choose one or the other option and then press Select to enter your choice. If you choose Resume, the movie continues to play,” Breen reports.
More in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Escaport” for the heads up.]