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French, Irish iTunes Stores open up movie sales

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Fri April 30, 2010

Storefronts distinguished by local studios

Apple has expanded the French and Irish iTunes storefronts, adding movie sales to them for the first time. Visitors to either can buy and rent movies from major American studios, including Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Disney and Warner Brothers. Of special interest though may be the regional studios, as Irish shoppers will have access to movies from E1, Optimum and Lionsgate UK, while French shoppers will have access to Pathι, SND and StudioCanal.

Because both countries rely on the Euro, pricing is identical. Rentals are €3 for older titles or €4 for new releases, with a €1 premium on HD quality. Actually buying a movie starts at a minimum of €8 for old films, €10 for recent ones or €14 for new releases. When renting viewers have a 30-day window to start a movie, and 48 hours to finish. The latter contrasts with the US, which is alone in forcing people to finish within 24 hours.

France and Ireland bring the number of storefronts with movies up to eight. This leaves most iTunes Stores without the feature, most likely because of the difficulty of negotiating international distribution.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Avatar on iTunes

    A quick calculation of iTunes Ireland's ridiculous prices reveals the following: Avatar is euro 13.99 which is currently $18.50. Many people forget that their broadband connection should be factored into such calculations. It is effectively the delivery charge. Apple sells you a movie and you pay for the bandwidth to retrieve it. When you include the cost of the broadband download itself, based on a 3Mb 30GB monthly cap for 45 euro, the Avatar file at 2.5GB works out at another euro 3.51 for bandwidth. The total cost in dollars is $23.32. This is insane! Sheesh! (MacNN doesn't seem to handle the euro symbol)

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