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Apple hits 100 HD-Dolby rentals, still misses 1,000 SD mark

If the latest summary pages generated by the iTunes Store and Apple TV can be believed, Apple has reached its previously stated goal of offering 100 “high definition video[s] with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound” for rent, yet still lags considerably behind its promised 1,000 standard-definition rentals—numbers originally promised by the end of February, but missed by wide margins. A count this afternoon of titles listed in Apple TV’s “All HD” section showed that the company is currently offering 197 high-definition movie rentals through Apple TV, with 100 of those rentals including Dolby Digital sound, and the remaining 97 offering only stereo sound. Notably, one of the Dolby Digital rentals—American Gangster—is available in two versions, making the company technically just shy of the 100 mark, assuming that its All HD tally is comprehensive.

By comparison, the iTunes Store’s standard-definition rental number remains markedly below 1,000, though searches of the Store’s catalog yield different totals. While the store’s All Rentals section shows a total of 390 standard-definition movies currently available for rent, up only modestly from the 384 offered in early March, a Power Search of the store suggests that 604 movie rentals are currently available; the difference appears to be attributable to the “All Rentals” section excluding movies that are available for both rental and purchase. It is unclear whether Apple is still attempting to ramp up numerically to compete with Amazon’s Unbox and Netflix’s Instant Watching movie rental service, which already offer thousands of titles.

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1

(Yes I know I have way too much time on my hands)

Using Browse by Genre
Action & Adventure—169
Anime—- 3
Classics—- 16
Comedy—- 274
Documentary—41
Drama—- 297
Foreign—4
Holiday—8
Horror—65
Independent—41
Kids & Family—126
Music—25
Romance—72
Sci-Fi/Fantasy—84
Special Interest—4
Sports—25
Thriller—133
Urban—17
Western—32

Total—1429 not including 250+ short films

Posted by kdt on April 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM (CDT)

2

The categories overlap; Alien Versus Predator alone appears in three categories—Action & Adventure, Horror, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy. So tallying those numbers doesn’t lead to 1429 movies, just 1429 icons. If you still have some time on your hands after the count above, you could try individually numbering each movie in a spreadsheet… :-)

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 15, 2008 at 12:20 PM (CDT)

3

I’m not that pathetic :)

Posted by kdt on April 15, 2008 at 11:26 PM (CDT)

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