Apple has announced that movies from 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. are now available for purchase from the iTunes Store in France and Ireland. In addition to these U.S.-based studios, films from European studios including Pathé, SND and StudioCanal are available in France, while Ireland’s iTunes Store will offer films from E1 Entertainment, Lionsgate UK and Optimum Releasing. Movies are available for purchase on iTunes the same day as their DVD release, and movie rental terms are similar to those in other countries, where the customer has 30 days to start watching a film and 48 hours to finish it once it’s been started. Pricing is the same in both countries, with movie purchases starting at €7.99 for catalog titles, €9.99 for recent releases and €13.99 for new releases, and rentals running €2.99 for library title rentals and €3.99 for new releases, with high definition versions priced one euro more.
Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.