Day-and-date movies come to iTunes
PRESS RELEASE: May 1, 2008â€”AppleÂ® today announced that new movie releases from major film studios and premier independent studios are available for purchase on the iTunesÂ® Store (www.itunes.com) on the same day as their DVD release. New releases and catalog titles will be available from 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment and First Look Studios. Movies purchased from iTunes can be viewed on an iPodÂ® with video, iPhoneâ„¢, MacÂ® or PC or on a widescreen TV with Apple TVÂ®, with new releases priced at $14.99 and most catalog titles at $9.99.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to bring iTunes Store customers new films for purchase day-and-date with the DVD release,â€ said Eddy Cue, Appleâ€™s vice president of iTunes. â€œWe think movie fans will love being able to buy their favorites from major and independent studios.â€
New releases available for purchase on the iTunes Store this week, concurrent with their DVD release, include â€œAmerican Gangsterâ€ and â€œThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly.â€ Other popular titles now available for purchase include â€œJuno,â€ â€œCloverfield,â€ â€œI Am Legend,â€ â€œThere Will Be Blood,â€ â€œAlvin and the Chipmunksâ€ and â€œWalk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.â€
Pricing & Availability
Movie purchases and rentals from the iTunes Store for Mac or Windows require iTunes 7.6.2, available as a free download immediately from www.itunes.com. iTunes movie purchases and rentals require a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. iTunes Movies are available in the US only and are $9.99 (US) for library title purchases and $14.99 (US) for new release purchases and $2.99 (US) for library title rentals and $3.99 (US) for new release rentals, and high definition rental versions are priced just one dollar more with library title rentals at $3.99 (US) and new release rentals at $4.99 (US). Short films are available to rent for 99 cents (US). Movies can be previewed, purchased and watched on iPod classic, iPod nano with video, iPod touch, iPhone and on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.