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Topic # 25189 14-Aug-2008 14:36
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Has anyone had any experience using this service in other countries?  What are the download times like for one of the movies?  And I am really hoping that the catalogue is expanded soon as very lean pickings at the moment!

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  Reply # 156917 14-Aug-2008 15:17
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the press release says their is over 700 movies:

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/08/14itunes.html


now all we need is tv show downloads.

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  Reply # 156927 14-Aug-2008 15:35
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Thanks for pointing this out.
There are some classic movies in there alright. As you say not too many just yet.
Some of them are over 1 gb per d/l.
Option to rent them as well




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  Reply # 156935 14-Aug-2008 15:53
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How does rent work? If you rent a movie, does it streams it from the online store until your rental period expires? Or you still have to download it but after the rental period expiry it automatically deletes it from itunes?

Rental price is very good for $6.99 for new releases but purchase price for new releases should be $19.99




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  Reply # 156940 14-Aug-2008 16:01
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just saw the prices. Pretty steep when you could rent a new realease for $8 at a movie store and copy it (not saying I do that)!




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  Reply # 156941 14-Aug-2008 16:01
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billgates: How does rent work? If you rent a movie, does it streams it from the online store until your rental period expires? Or you still have to download it but after the rental period expiry it automatically deletes it from itunes?

Rental price is very good for $6.99 for new releases but purchase price for new releases should be $19.99

I'm guessing it's like Apple TV:

So... you probably get a decent amount downloaded before it can start playing, and it downloads the full movie in the background while you're still watching (otherwise it will continue to download).

Then it self destructs after the rental period.




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  Reply # 156946 14-Aug-2008 16:06
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Does anyone know if the movies are hosted on Akamai??

If they are, then I may be tempted to give it a go..

Xnet + Content on Akamai = Local (free) traffic + fast download speeds

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  Reply # 156948 14-Aug-2008 16:10
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As far as I know, yes, it is hosted on Akamai.

It will delete itself in 48 hours from first watching. There is no streaming.

From the press release:

iTunes movies in New Zealand start at NZ$9.99 for catalog title purchases, NZ$17.99 for recent releases and NZ$24.99 for new releases. iTunes Movie Rentals are NZ$4.99 for library title rentals and NZ$6.99 for new releases, and high definition versions are priced at just one dollar more. Movie rentals can be previewed, purchased and watched on iPod® classic, iPod nano with video, iPod touch, iPhone™ and on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.




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  Reply # 156964 14-Aug-2008 16:36
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Quick! Someone buy me an iphone!!!!
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  Reply # 156965 14-Aug-2008 16:39
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Can't wait to try - Am I right to believe HD is rental only not download?

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  Reply # 156982 14-Aug-2008 17:06
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This is wicked cool - now I just need to buy a bigger LCD tv and Apple TV :D!

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  Reply # 156984 14-Aug-2008 17:14

I can't seem to find an HD movie yet, all are good sizes but I read on Arstechnica that we're looking at $1 extra for a movie in HD. And I think thats only for rentals. Either way this is good news, love or hate Apple/iPod, the fact its here can only be good.

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  Reply # 157002 14-Aug-2008 17:59
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Here is a piece on stuff:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4655966a28.html

It makes a good note however, movies are around 1gb to download (and there is an option to download in HD), guess we will all need MUCH bigger data caps if we're going to make use of this

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  Reply # 157005 14-Aug-2008 18:29
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No TV shows?





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Reply # 157006 14-Aug-2008 18:30
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Or here on Geekzone... Yes, downloaded and installed on my notebook and media center. Now to download on my travel notebook.




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