The hack has emerged for the Apple’s new video rental service available via iTunes. The hack that has emerged is like the oldest trick in the book when it comes to circumventing time-restricted materials on your computer, and I figured by this day in age companies like Apple would been a little wiser.
It appears that the amount of time remaining on your video rental is based on the user’s system clock, and by setting your clock back you’re able to pickup some extra time before the rental expires. What a rookie mistake, Apple.
After experimenting with a few movie rentals in iTunes 7.6, Gizmodo has perfected their solution:
Take your system into the future (but not too far) before you click play for the first time, which starts the 24-hour clock. Then come back to the present. We did this with the second movie we rented, playing it for the first time in 2009. We came back to 2008, and now we have a whole year to watch it.
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