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How to Play iTunes Movies & Episodes on XBMC/Kodi

Karlie Harris
BY Karlie Harris   
LAST UPDATED: Jan. 13, 2017

"I bought an HD movie from iTunes, and when trying to play the movie in XBMC, it immediately freezes and after a few seconds XBMC crashes and restarts. Are there any problems playing iTunes protected content on XBMC? How to solve that?"

Part 1 Brief Introduction to XBMC/Kodi

Kodi (previously XBMC) is a free and open-source media player software which allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts and all common digital media files from local as well as network storage media. It features various plug-ins which enables users to access streaming media content from online service such as YouTube, Spotify, Grooveshark, Pandora Radio and Amazon Prime Instant Video. According to Kodi website, now Kodi is available on Android, Linux, BSD, Mac OSX, iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Part 2 Why You Can't Play iTunes Movie via Kodi/XBMC

XBMC Support Video Formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak.

From the list above, you can find that XBMC supports most common video formats. But, we still cannot play any DRM-protected videos purchased or rented from iTunes Store. It has something to do with the Apple FairPlay DRM technology, which is used to prohibit users from copying and sharing. Therefore, you are restricted to watching them on Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTunes, and QuickTime. This is why you cannot play iTunes movies on Kodi directly. But don't worry, there is still a method to help you stream iTunes protected videos via Kodi Media Player. Just follow the tutorial below to learn how to watch iTunes movie on Kodi media player.

Part 3 Best Solution to View iTunes Movies on Kodi/XBMC

In order to stream iTunes movie via Kodi for watching, you need to get rid of the DRM protection and convert iTunes M4V videos to Kodi supported format first. At this point, you will need a professional DRM removal called DRM Media Converter. This program is specially designed to strip DRM protection from iTunes purchases and rentals with keeping the 100% original quality. With DRM Media Converter, you can convert protected M4V video to almost all common video format for watching at any devices.

Note: DRM Media Converter only supports Windows System. For Mac users, you can get help from iTunes M4V Converter to convert iTunes movie to MP4 for playing on Kodi.

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Step 1. Load iTunes Movies

Launch DRM Media Converter and click "Add…" button to browse and import iTunes movies into this program. Or you can drag and drop the files to the window directly.

Add iTunes Movies

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Find the "Video files to" button and select the output format which is compatible with Kodi Media Player. Now you can adjust the output parameters and output folder path according to your own needs.

Choose Output Format

Step 3. Convert iTunes Movie to Kodi

Now, all you need to do is clicking on "Start" button to start the process of converting iTunes movie to Kodi/XBMC.

Convert iTunes M4V to MP4

After the conversion finished, you can transfer the unprotected iTunes video to XBMC and watch them on Kodi/XBMC without any restriction.


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