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Fox, Universal movies missing from iTunes in the Cloud

Announced yesterday, Apple’s move to include Movies in its iTunes in the Cloud service means that you can re-download previously purchased movies from the Purchases section of the iTunes Store, and stream those films directly from the Apple TV — unless that film is from NBC Universal or Fox. AllThingsD reports that both studios are left out of the service for the time being due to a conflicting contractual obligation to HBO that gives the pay-TV channel exclusive windows. The report claims that the conflict will likely be solved in short order, however, as HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson suggests: “With every technological enhancement, we have always been able to find common ground with our studio partners, and we’re sure that will be the result here.”

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As usual with Hollywood studios, if you try and figure out which movies are affected by this, you’ll quickly get lost.  Apparently Kick Ass for example, from Lionsgate, isn’t showing up.  Why?  Well, it was distributed by Universal in the UK.  Is that why?  Or apparently Universal owned the cable rights to Lionsgate films until recently.  The wikipedia article doesn’t cite any source for the ‘recent’ remark, so no idea when the change happened. 

I guess you’ll just have to try and see.  But at least for the moment I’d say movies will randomly be available in iCloud and randomly not.

Posted by Charles Starrett on March 9, 2012 at 2:59 AM (CST)

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