Movies On iTunes

June 6, 2008

How To: Get DVD’s on your iPod, Iphone Itouch (AUDIO)

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 10:17 pm

This is a useful program. Let me know what do you guys think?

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May 1, 2008

Apple Announces New Movies on iTunes Same Day as DVD Release

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 6:13 pm

This is a major win for Apple. Select studios have agreed to sell new movies on iTunes store on the same day when they release DVDs.

Apple press release:

Apple® today announced that new movie releases from major film studios and premier independent studios are available for purchase on the iTunes® Store ( on the same day as their DVD release. New releases and catalog titles will be available from 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment and First Look Studios. Movies purchased from iTunes can be viewed on an iPod® with video, iPhone?, Mac® or PC or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV®, with new releases priced at $14.99 and most catalog titles at $9.99.

Brett adds this:

Apple TV owners will also note a new "Top Sellers" category in the "Top Movies" page, an additional option for those times when you want to crowdsource your movie selection

Joe Wilcox nailed the competitive undercurrent here:

Not that I think same-day distribution is the big deal some analysts, bloggers and journalists claim. Blockbuster, Netflix and Wal-Mart executives can climb down from the ceiling now. Apple is selling the movies same day as DVD release, not renting them

Philip says its death of DVD. I agree with that:

What convinced the Hollywood studios to cut this deal with Apple’s (AAPL) Steve Jobs? According to Time Warner’s (TWX) Bewkes, the company had been experimenting with “day and date” video on demand (VOD) release for several months and found that DVD rentals only fell by 3 to 5 percent and sales of DVDs actually increased. Since VOD is so much cheaper than printing and distributing discs, it looked like a no-brainer.

“Taking a customer and moving that person over from rental-physical over moving them to VOD day-and-date is like a 60 to 70 percent margin instead of a 20 to 30,” Mr. Bewkes said, according to the New York Times. “So it’s about a three-to-one trade.”

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