Apple Announces HD Movie Downloads, All Major Studios On Board

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on January 15, 2008 
Filed Under: Format War, Mac, PC, Studios

Apple.jpgSteve Jobs has just announced HD movie rentals are coming to iTunes. The price points are $3.99 (catalog), $4.99 (new releases), and include 5.1 audio. You have 30 days to start watching the movie, then 24hrs. once you press play. All major studios are on board, so it looks like Steve beat Blu-ray to the punch in that regard. I guess my theory information wasn’t that far off after all.

 [via EngadgetHD]

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3 Responses to “Apple Announces HD Movie Downloads, All Major Studios On Board”

  1. paulw on January 15th, 2008 1:13 pm

    Pity that it’s US only..

  2. Charles on January 15th, 2008 3:57 pm

    I’m and in home IT support guy and I have some wealthy customers as well as some poor ones and they both have shelves full of DVDs (and some Blu) but not one has a PC or Mac connected to a TV.

    Let us all get out of our nErD world for a minute…

    My Aunt bought the crap Olevia flat and had me over to connect the PS3 with a high def cable (at my younger cousins request) This is how the masses slowly adopt new tech. remember when people still used coax and watched VHS on channel 3??? But RCA jacks became standard and people see the quality. Then they moved to DVD…

    Now what seems like the next progression? A higher resolution disc based system or JoeBlow consumer making the leap to plugging his computer into his TV backing up his downloaded movies on huge external HDs??? I work on at least 9 residential computers a week here in the LAngeles suburbs and I’ve seen about 3 computers in the last few years that we’re hooked up to TVs.

    And those customer’s we’re who you’d expect to watch movies on there computers. Teenagers and 20 somethings watching BitTorrent rips… not exactly a burgeoning revenue source for Hollywood ;)
    I’m not here to flame but

  3. Ellis on January 16th, 2008 12:02 am

    You don’t have to plug your computer into your TV. Buy a $229 device (called Apple TV) and plug that into your TV. It wirelessly connects to the net, and dloads HD movies on demand. It also lets you see/listen to all your media on the TV.

    Pretty easy.

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