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Leak reveals iPod-ready videos on Fox DVDs

updated 03:25 pm EST, Tue January 8, 2008

iTunes 7.6 Leak

Apple's previously rumored DVD/iPod movie combo discs have been confirmed, thanks to a contributor providing a tip to TUAW. After receiving a copy of the Fox-produced Family Guy spoof of Star Wars a week ahead of its January 15th release, one customer noted that the box backing makes reference to an iPod-resolution file included on the disc, described by the packaging as a Fox Digital Copy. Inserting the disc tells the viewer that transferring the file requires the as-yet unreleased iTunes 7.6 or later, according to the report. A serial number from the case is needed to authenicate the movie.

Fox has already been including protected Windows Media versions of movies along with titles in recent months but has not announced any plans to release versions that would be compatible with iTunes and iPods.

The leak all but confirms a New York Times source, which is now known to have accurately supplied information about Fox DVD shipping with versions of movies encoded in a format friendly to Apple's software and devices. That same tip also pointed to multi-studio iTunes movie rentals; while not mentioning names beyond Fox, later claims have pointed to Lionsgate, Paramount, and Warner as potential companions for a rental project that would offer rentals for $4 each.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Lois, that's crazier than that time i took ecstacy...

    Thanks a lot, Meg.

  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You think that's weird?

    You mean like the time you had tea with Mohammed, the prophet of the Muslim faith?

    Try my "Mr. T. ...tea."

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    freakin' sweet!

    I love you, Family Guy!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...not compatible with Zune. The laughs just keep coming!

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'd rather just rip with handbrake and encode at my own size/rate.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wonder how they limit the viewership of these files. Theoretically, if you just copy the DVD (or borrow it), what's to keep everyone from 'stealing' the copy (well, outside the fact that (a) if you were going to 'steal' it, you might as well get the full blown DVD, and (b) you'd actually think the show is worth watching).

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    here's how

    First, if there's a unique serial number in the packaging, it'll be keyed to one iTunes account authorization. If your brother tries to type in the same key, he'll find out that you've already authorized that code (or you'll find it out when you get your disk back from him). Second, I doubt that Family Guy will be the only title available. But if it it, testudo is right... it'll depend on whether you think the show is worth watching.

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