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Apple, studios partner up for iTunes movie rentals

updated 01:05 pm EST, Tue January 15, 2008

iTunes movie rentals

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today launched movie rentals via the company's iTunes Store. Disney, Miramax, MGM, Lionsgate and New Line Cinema are confirmed as being on-board, as are Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Paramount and Touchstone -- bringing "every major studio" into the equation, according to Jobs. The companies have agreed to offer their movies to iTunes customers on a rent-to-watch basis, with people paying $2.99 and $3.99, respectively, for old and new standard-definition releases, or $3.99 and $4.99 for HD-quality titles. New releases consist of titles arriving 30 days after their retail DVD shipment.

The company plans to have 1,000 titles available by February, which will be viewable in both an instant streaming and a downloadable form. Users can moreover start streaming a rental and then finish watching it later, on their Mac, Apple TV, iPod or iPhone, syncing via iTunes. After purchase however, users have 30 days to start viewing a movie, and must then finish watching it within 24 hours.

To access rentals, people must download the latest version of the iTunes software, which is available today for customers in the US.




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  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    netflix

    Apple is ahead of the game vs. Netflix. But cable company had done that for a while and I had never utilized their service for this.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Rent to own...

    These studios will allow rentals but not purchases. Why not offer rentals that you can purchase for an additional price. Of course I have purchase TV shows (no movies) from itunes and later figured out that they were stuck on my computer (or in my iPhone) Which I found limiting.

  1. imagine engine

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple TV and PVR

    Does anyone know if the Apple TV can be linked via USB to a PVR so as to move recorded TV shows/movies to their Mac/PC over WIFI?

  1. docsharp76

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple, iTunes

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