Steve’d: HD Movies Play Only On Apple TV

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

John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has snooped through the new iTunes TOS, discovering that HD Movie Downloads will only be playable on the Apple TV. WTF?  Every single MacBook/MacBook Pro has an HD capable display, as well as Plenty of horsepower for HD playback. Heck, every Intel based Mac should have no problems with 720p HD content. We really wonder why this Artificial Limitation is being put on us…..Better not have to do with HDCP!

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5 Responses to “Steve’d: HD Movies Play Only On Apple TV”

  1. mitch on January 15th, 2008 8:33 pm

    Or else what?? U will look like a bigger tool than you do now for thinking that apple movie RENTALS will knock off BD? I guess your sources didn’t tell you that apple has the worst DRM there is hey?? Hey tyler just a quick tidbit, MP3′s still don’t have a 50% market share(money wise) and they have been around 10 years+..

  2. Karl Williams on January 15th, 2008 9:46 pm

    I’m pretty sure it does have to do with HDCP as the AppleTV is the only Apple product that has HDMI output. Yes their laptops and desktops all support DVI but not HDCP DVI.

  3. Charles on January 16th, 2008 12:14 am

    Wow does this not make mt post in the last thread look clairvoyant or what?!?!

    In case anyone missed it…

    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

  4. Andrea75 on January 16th, 2008 4:05 am

    Tyler, you’re wrong, you can move and play the file everywhere you want
    Mac computers with Itunes
    Windows computers with Itunes

  5. Tyler Pruitt on January 16th, 2008 1:18 pm


    The HD Movie rentals can only be rented from/played on an Apple TV.

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