Problems Downloading iTunes Movies


Rather than signing up on Netflix or going to a nearby movie store, you may decide to download a movie in your iTunes account and watch the movie on your home computer. But you should be aware that, unlike the downloading of smaller files, movies are much larger and require more bandwidth and a stronger Internet connection.

Weak Connection

  • Your Internet connection might have too little bandwidth, and supporting a movie download might strain your network. Make sure that the bandwidth and connection is strong enough. When a download begins and the estimated finishing time is over an hour, you know the connection is weak. By continuing to download it on such a network, you risk it stopping the movie or dropping you altogether. If you have a laptop, take it to another network with a stronger connection and better bandwidth.

Space Management

  • Because movies are such large files, you will have to manage the space available on your computer to download movies and allow your computer to run as normal. Downloading the movie and then deleting it is one way to handle the problem. Moving your movies to an external hard drive or moving other files to a thumb drive or another storage device is another option.

Interrupted Download

  • If you've begun to download an iTunes movie and the downloading stops, there might be a few things you can do to solve the problem. When the error given is "3256," your computer was dropped from your Internet network. Repair the connection and then press the curved arrow button next to the error signal, and the download should start again. Error "50" may indicate any number of problems, including your anti-virus software or ad filters rejecting the download. You can often manually approve the download and start the download again.

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