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New movies coming to iTunes same day as DVD release

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2008
News Categories: iTunes

Apple has announced that new movie releases from all the major and some premier independent studios will now be made available for purchase on the iTunes Store on the same day as their DVD release. Both new releases and catalog titles will be made available, from 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment and First Look Studios. New releases will continued to be priced at $14.99, while most catalog titles will still sell for $9.99.

“We’re thrilled to bring iTunes Store customers new films for purchase day-and-date with the DVD release,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. “We think movie fans will love being able to buy their favorites from major and independent studios.”

New releases available for purchase on the iTunes Store this week, concurrent with their DVD release, include “American Gangster” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Other popular titles now available for purchase include “Juno,” “Cloverfield,” “I Am Legend,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”

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Interesting…  Does anyone know if they made any comments on whether the movies will also be available for rental on the same day as their DVD release?

Posted by Ron R on May 1, 2008 at 7:55 AM (PDT)

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