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Apple to launch movie downloads, rentals in U.K. and Canada

Apple is set to announce a deal to begin selling and renting movies through the iTunes Store in both the United Kingdom and Canada, according to a Times report. Citing studio sources, the article says that Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Twentieth Century Fox are all on board for the deal, which is expected to cover both countries. According to the report, pricing for downloads will be comparable to DVD pricing, while rental pricing will be comparable to the prices of traditional movie rentals. In addition to the four major studios, both Lionsgate and MGM are said to be party to the deal, leaving only Universal Studios and Sony Pictures out of the agreement. During his reveal of iTunes Movie Rentals in January, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said he was “dying” to expand the service internationally, adding that it would happen later this year.

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1

It’s about time that the movies cam to Canada!

Posted by Kevin on May 29, 2008 at 10:08 AM (CDT)

2

Wow cool. If the rental price is the same as DVD rental I’m sold. Rental DVDs have little in extras so this would be great.

I already have an HTPC under the TV that has iTunes so this would be ideal. I wonder if there will be HD?

Posted by brian on May 29, 2008 at 2:54 PM (CDT)

3

Great if it is for real! My AppleTV is sitting here in Canada just waiting for this to happen. Maybe June 9th?

Posted by Eric on May 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM (CDT)

4

Wow, I’m stunned!  I guess it’s really happening.  I’ll certainly try the rentals.  Is this only good if you have Apple TV?  I imagine we can watch bought films on our computers/iPods/iPhones right?

Posted by Dan on May 29, 2008 at 5:14 PM (CDT)

5

When will they learn £1 does not equal $1 it will be cheaper to buy a physical dvd from HMV.co.uk. Id rather have the physical product

Posted by wilbur on December 17, 2008 at 4:04 PM (CST)

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