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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:04 pm    Post subject: Apple adds HD movie purchases and rentals to iTunes Reply with quote

Apple adds HD movie purchases and rentals to iTunes
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Posted by: Fran

Apple today announced that iTunes customers can purchase and rent box office favorites including "Quantum of Solace" and "Twilight" in HD on the iTunes Store. Starting today, movie fans can purchase box office blockbusters for download in HD for $19.99 from iTunes, and films will be available as iTunes Movie Rentals in HD for $4.99 within 30 days after release. Customers can enjoy these films in HD on their Mac or PC and on their widescreen TV with Apple TV, as well as in standard definition on their iPhone or iPod with video.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The prices could be better, but that's awesome. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news indeed. I'm afraid we'll never see Blu-ray on the Mac though.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds like a bag of hurt. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad they finally brought the HD rentals over from the Apple TV. Keeping them exclusive was stupid.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess rentals are one thing, but I'd rather own the movie for good on Blu-ray.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rightondamark wrote:
This sounds like a bag of hurt. Wink


Hilarious!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, this is the real bag of hurt. I would never spend $20 on a DRM'd up download. I would rather have it on Blu-ray and old day of the week. Plus, some Blu-rays are coming with a Digital Copy and DVD version these days. It's like getting the best of all worlds at basically the same price.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
I guess rentals are one thing, but I'd rather own the movie for good on Blu-ray.
Agreed, I have been renting HD on the AppleTV if I want to own the movie I buy it on blu. Maybe if they have a special and drop the price I would buy HD from Apple.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyMontana wrote:
Rightondamark wrote:
This sounds like a bag of hurt. Wink


Hilarious!

You know what they say... payback is a bitch! I realize that downloads are probably the future. I just don't like Apple's attitude towards Blu-ray.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe if there was some sort of subscription plan. Until then, it's Netflix for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer to buy the Blu-ray with Digital Copy. ...maybe if the HD movie cost $10-$15 i would buy it over the Blu-ray, if it were DRM free, than I'd be willing to pay $20. ...$5 for a rental isn't bad though, Blockbuster comes to about $6 w/taxes.

The thing I don't like about digital movies is that you don't have subtitles or different languages, there's also the movies with alternate endings, on iTUnes it be only one ending (of their choosing).
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESUNintel wrote:
The thing I don't like about digital movies is that you don't have subtitles or different languages, there's also the movies with alternate endings, on iTUnes it be only one ending (of their choosing).

Word! And don't forget about other special features and extras. Take Bolt for example. It comes out this weeked.

Bonus Features:
All-New Exclusive Super Rhino Short
Deleted Scenes
A New Breed Of Director: A Filmmaker's Journey
Act, Speak! The Voices Of Bolt
Creating The World Of Bolt
Miley Cyrus And John Travolta Sing The Song I Thought I Lost You In Studio
Bolt's Be-Awesome Mission Game
DisneyFile Digital Copy
Disney BD-Live
Standard DVD Copy

All of this can be had for around $26 compared to $20 for a simple 720p H.264 rip of the movie.

I also agree with you on the pricing. Considering the true video and audio quality, lack of extras and packaging, $9.99 to $12.99 seems about right. To be honest though, I would still rather own the Blu-ray package above. It's a bag of delight in comparision.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still buy CDs and rip them for the most part. Nuff said. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if Blu-ray is really picking up steam at retail, but I can't imagine these doing as well. There also appears to be a limited amount of movies available. I thought there were more titles available on the Apple TV. Am I missing something?
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