I have purchased a bunch of TV shows iTunes.
The original files for these shows are no longer on my hard drive and I probably deleted them. They show up in the iTunes directory, but when I try to play, I get a dialog box that says "The TV show could not be used because the original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?" If I say yes, I get a file dialog. This is not useful, because the files are no longer on my computer.
Now, Apple tells me that if I've purchased a show and delete it from my disk (say, to save space), I can download it from iCloud:
So, I follow the instructions, go to the iTunes Store, go to purchased TV shows and select the program I purchased, but each episode only says "Downloaded", and there's no way to re-download the missing episodes.
This is not true for all shows. For some shows that are not on my hard drive, I see a little iCloud icon and am able to click & download the missing episodes.
It's possible that the un-downloadable shows were downloaded and deleted before iCloud supported downloading purchased episodes, but I don't know for certain if that's the problem. It just a hypothesis I don't know how to test.
Any thoughts on how to restore access to these deleted shows within iCloud?