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Old Aug 25, 2012, 08:28 PM   #26
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Fantastic - thanks! I agree that it would be fabulous if everyone followed suit but it could be bad for itunes - I just found Boardwalk Empire in Bluray with the digital copies for about the same price as itunes!
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Old Aug 25, 2012, 08:36 PM   #27
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I was able to download a HD copy of The Dark Knigh, while before it had only given me the SD copy. I used the redemption code from the Blu-ray
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Old Aug 25, 2012, 10:41 PM   #28
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Fantastic - thanks! I agree that it would be fabulous if everyone followed suit but it could be bad for itunes - I just found Boardwalk Empire in Bluray with the digital copies for about the same price as itunes!
I'm sure the companies still give Apple a cut for being allowed to use their service for people to download the digital copies.
And you're right. Boardwalk Empire Season 2 will be $34.99 at Best Buy this week. You get the BD, DVD, and HD Digital Copies. Or you could spend $46.99 and JUST get the Digital Version via iTunes. These studios really baffle me sometimes.
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Old Aug 25, 2012, 11:28 PM   #29
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Fantastic - thanks! I agree that it would be fabulous if everyone followed suit but it could be bad for itunes - I just found Boardwalk Empire in Bluray with the digital copies for about the same price as itunes!
The best part about doing it this way instead of buying directly from iTunes is that you have an instant backup. No matter what, if the network is down, or your system fails you can still pop in the BluRay and watch it. I love the iTunes model, but pricing isn't it's forte . . . but I think that's more the studios than Apple.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 12:38 AM   #30
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I was able to download a HD copy of The Dark Knigh, while before it had only given me the SD copy. I used the redemption code from the Blu-ray
Which version of The Dark Knight digital code did you use? The recent ones that came out with UV Digital Copy or the old ones that had the iTunes Digital Copy when it first came out?
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 12:42 AM   #31
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If True Blood and Game of Thrones are HD, anyone know about Boardwalk Empire? (i.e is this something HBO is doing with all their TV shows?)
All of the True Blood seasons out currently have the HD downloads. Boardwalk Empire will not have them till 8/28. All the current Boardwalk season 1's do not have the codes in the box. HBO is re-releasing Boardwalk Empire season 1 on Tuesday with the digital copies.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 12:59 AM   #32
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Dobbs2, the set I saw was advertising a digital copy as well (it looked like this http://www.walmart.com/ip/21098890) - do you mean this would be an older SD digital copy or did I see one of the newer releases earlier than scheduled?

(I was going to buy tomorrow but thinking maybe I should wait)
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 01:10 AM   #33
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Dobbs2, the set I saw was advertising a digital copy as well (it looked like this http://www.walmart.com/ip/21098890) - do you mean this would be an older SD digital copy or did I see one of the newer releases earlier than scheduled?

(I was going to buy tomorrow but thinking maybe I should wait)
That is the correct one. As long as the packaging says Digital Copy on it you're ok; you'll get the HD downloads. The previous version didn't have DVD or DC with the BD. However, if you notice on the link, it's a pre-order. Season 2 comes out Tuesday, at which time they will be re-releasing Season 1 in the new format (BD, DVD, DC). So you'll be able to get both Season 1 & 2 with the DCs this Tuesday.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 08:57 AM   #34
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I was able to download a HD copy of The Dark Knigh, while before it had only given me the SD copy. I used the redemption code from the Blu-ray
Didn't work for me. I entered the code in iTunes and it told me that it was for an offer not yet redeemable. Also, the movie is still showing up in purchased as an SD download.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 09:37 AM   #35
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About The Game of Thrones? Yesterday I went to Best Buy to give that a look, and I didn't see anything on the packaging that said "Digital Copy" on it. It just said Dolby Digital True HD or something like that. I even checked the back and it didn't say anything either.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 10:22 AM   #36
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so since they all don't give you the HD version, does it say on the package if you get the SD or HD on it?
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 11:23 AM   #37
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so since they all don't give you the HD version, does it say on the package if you get the SD or HD on it?
Not that I am aware of. I only have The Hunger Games (Target edition), and nothing that I saw seemed to say HD.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 01:06 PM   #38
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I was able to download a HD copy of The Dark Knigh, while before it had only given me the SD copy. I used the redemption code from the Blu-ray
I tried this when I read your note but it didn't work. My download is definitely higher bitrate than the SD copy I had before, plus it downloaded the iTunes extras that I didn't have before. However, the movie is still SD. And yes, I definitely have HD downloads turned on.

Mine was from the iTunes digital copy that came with the original release.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 01:16 PM   #39
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I tried this when I read your note but it didn't work. My download is definitely higher bitrate than the SD copy I had before, plus it downloaded the iTunes extras that I didn't have before. However, the movie is still SD. And yes, I definitely have HD downloads turned on.

Mine was from the iTunes digital copy that came with the original release.
Same here.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 04:43 PM   #40
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Yeah - so I should have heeded your advice - I went to Future Shop where I saw the combo Boardwalk Empire for so cheap. They had several - it's not like I picked the only one out of a barrel - but they wouldn't let me buy it! Turns out someone put them out by mistake so I guess I have to wait until Tuesday like you told me.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 08:39 PM   #41
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Hmm My hunger games was only the sd version.

Was purchased in Canada
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 10:37 PM   #42
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About The Game of Thrones? Yesterday I went to Best Buy to give that a look, and I didn't see anything on the packaging that said "Digital Copy" on it. It just said Dolby Digital True HD or something like that. I even checked the back and it didn't say anything either.

Not all previous HBO Releases had digital copies. I believe HBO Select (BD, DVD, DC) started with the True Blood Season 4 release, at which point Seasons 1-3 were re-released in the HBO Select format. Therefore, there are two different versions of TB Seasons 1-3. Likewise, with Boardwalk Empire, Season 2 will be released tomorrow, at which point Season 1 will be re-released in the HBO Select format. My guess is, when it comes to Game of Thrones, Season 1 will be re-released in HBO Select formatting when Season 2 is released. Just make sure the packaging says HBO Select on it. As long as it does, you will get the digital copies, and they WILL be in HD.
Hope this clears up some confusion.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 08:54 AM   #43
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Can someone confirm the bit rate of the 1080p HD downloads from iTunes for these movies/shows? I'm really curious to know if it is 640k like AC3 on a BD or if it is lower. Thanks!
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 10:05 AM   #44
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Can someone confirm the bit rate of the 1080p HD downloads from iTunes for these movies/shows? I'm really curious to know if it is 640k like AC3 on a BD or if it is lower. Thanks!
See attached for the iTunes description of the downloaded file. Looks like the download is 720p, but you can stream at 1080p via the Apple TV.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 10:19 AM   #45
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I really hope Apple allow some kind of upgrades to HD from pervious SD versions. Did anyone buy The Dark Knight on iTunes in the UK when it first came out?? I did, it was SD only, but now the HD version has vanished from the iTunes store. Its says "also available in HD on iPad and Apple TV" but it is not there. It only appears as a wishlist item. Therefore the version streamed through Apple TV is only SD. Even hiding the purchase and searching for the film just brings up the SD version. Strange...
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 10:26 AM   #46
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See attached for the iTunes description of the downloaded file. Looks like the download is 720p, but you can stream at 1080p via the Apple TV.
There is a setting in your iTunes to "prefer" 1080p if it's available. You probably have your downloads set to 720p.

There are good reasons to do this too, for sync with legacy devices that don't support 1080p.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 03:12 PM   #47
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I bought Season 1 and 2 of Boardwalk Empire today (in Canada) and used the Digital Copy redemption code and......they are streaming glorious 1080p HD to my ATV3! Just thought I'd let any other Canadians know that the HBO triple packs (BR, DVD, DC) are working north of the border as well!
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Battleship is......

...., standard def.
This must be punishment for actually buying Battleship....
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 10:20 PM   #49
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You would hope your getting blu ray digital download if you buy blu ray but it's 720P. Better of not buying the full pack and ripping it yourself. Just downloaded battleship (pretty good movie) and its 720P. Don't think any digital download I have done came in at 1080P.
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You would hope your getting blu ray digital download if you buy blu ray but it's 720P. Better of not buying the full pack and ripping it yourself. Just downloaded battleship (pretty good movie) and its 720P. Don't think any digital download I have done came in at 1080P.
Again, this is because you need to manually set it to tell iTunes you want 1080p content instead of 720p.

iTunes > Preferences > Store*(for PC, choose*Edit > Preferences > Store).
Next to "When downloading High Definition videos, prefer:" set your preference to 1080p.

You can then delete any content you have in 720p, then, assuming it's still in the iTunes store, go the Purchased tab in the iTunes store, and re-download the content in 1080p.
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