Newbie Q: Why are some movies only available in SD for purchase but HD for rent?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by KittyKatta, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. KittyKatta, Apr 11, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012

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    KittyKatta

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    Edited. Reduced questions in hopes of getting clear answers. :)

    I'm using Alvin and the Chipmunks:Chipwrecked as my example


    1) Why are some movies available to RENT in HD but can only be PURCHASED in SD
    2) If I buy an SD title, can I upgrade to HD or do I have to repurchase it at full price


    thanks for your help. Im dying to go all digital but the way things work is kinda confusing.

    Katt
     
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    On 1, I can't say why, but it's probably the Apple, to encourage you to buy an Apple TV or iPad. Things also appear and later disappear from the store, but that's probably because of the studios. The SD/HD thing really irritates me. I use a mini as a HTPC, and when I rent a movie it will often only be available in SD and "also available in HD on the iPad, Apple TV, or iPhone" (not sure about the iPhone). Very frustrating.
     
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    Bump for easy question. :D

    1) Why are some movies available for HD rental but only SD for purchase?

    2) If I buy the SD version, is there an upgrade path for when the HD version is released?

    Thanks!
     

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