Universal Studios' Movies Now Available on iCloud

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    Several readers have noticed that Universal Studios' movies are now available for re-download through Apple's iCloud service. In March we reported that both Fox and Universal were not yet participating in iCloud video streaming due to contractual obligations with HBO. HBO was reportedly working with both Fox and Universal to loosen these restrictions.
    When searching for movies in iTunes, Universal movies no longer contain a warning that the movies are not available through iCloud, while Fox's movies retain the warning:

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    Universal Studios (left) vs 20th Century Fox (right)​
    Another reader was able to confirm he was able to re-download 40 Year Old Virgin. Previous movie purchases from Universal should now be available for redownload in your previous purchased menu on iTunes.

    Fox is also said to be in negotiations with expectations that their movies would also become available through iCloud in the near future.

    Article Link: Universal Studios' Movies Now Available on iCloud
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Great! That HBO move has let the genie out of the box, I hope.
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    Forget it, no way. I won't buy any movie in iCloud. I buy the movie and 2 years from now when Apple and a movie studio start bickering, the studio pulls the movie from iCloud and I get screwed.
     
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    not sure you understand how iCloud works.

    You buy the movie, it gets downloaded to your device/machine.
    If you later want to redownload it you can in iCloud (if available).

    There is no "buying a movie in iCloud". There's "buying a movie" and it happens to be available later to redownload (or not).

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    This is good, but I happened to notice that Fast Five has been completely removed from iTunes.

    Maybe something temporary as it starts on HBO today?
     
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    I think it's no longer available for sale during HBO's window, but people who have purchased it before today on iTunes can redownload it from iCloud.

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    Maybe we'll eventually see all movies available for purchase in HD, not just SD as well.
     
  8. macrumors 68040

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    And what window would that be? Once HBO gets the exclusive rights to air it? I guess that's part of the deal.
     
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    Yep just checked i now have Scorpion King 2 in my iTunes cloud :eek:
     
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    if you don't want to buy it on iCloud, then just sync your iDevice up to your computer the old fashioned way by using the usb cable, if you feel safer that way. nothing wrong with that.
     
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    ya, HBO pays for an exclusive window

    http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/12...niversal-to-participate-in-icloud-for-movies/

     
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    I would also like to be able to download the 1080p versions, not 720p.
     
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    You can. go to itunes preferences and change it to 1080p and redownload.
     

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    Or stream to an Apple TV, I hope you'll be able to stream to iOS devices too in the future.
     
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    Not exactly...if I buy a movie from my Apple TV then it only exists in iCloud. Unless I go and download it on purpose, that is the only place it will exist.

    Buying movies on the AppleTV2 (and up). Is what iCloud for movies is all about...
     
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    When is Movies in the cloud coming to the UK? it's so disappointing we always seem to get stuff much later than everywhere else.
     
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    Now, how about iTunes Match for movies? It'd be nice to replace my ripped DVD movies with iTunes movies (depending on quality) as I could with my music. Was nice updating lower bitrate tracks to 256 with iTunes Match. :cool:

    Yeah, but you live in the UK. I'd trade with you in a heartbeat. :)

    Oh, and Happy Easter everyone!
     
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    Hopefully this negotiation also brought us closer to HBOGO for Apple TV! It's the only thing stopping me from never having to use my cable's set top box!
     
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    It would be really nice if movies/shows I buy on ATV would just automatically download to my computer. I thought that was supposed to happen, but it clearly hasn't. Especially with TV shows, it's much easier to just buy it in iTunes and watch it once it's downloaded.
     
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    What i wish is if itunes could purge your existing movies and replace them with 1080p versions.. Or create a seperate m4v file that was 1080p so that we could have it in 720p, SD and 1080p

    Man i really appreciate apple for the major and minor moves that they're making for iCloud... Its really becoming as BIG DEAL!!!

    A move that id love for apple to make is to acquire a card company to beef up their CARDS app.. I love semding cards like that but the collection of cards is extremely limited
     
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    Awesome Thanks, I just found this the other night but missed the 1080p
     
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    Woohoo! Thank you very much Universal and Apple! That's 17 new movies in my iCloud account. Time to update these to 1080p now. :D

    Jurassic Park in 1080p! Loving it! :apple:

    Edit: Wow, King Kong Extended Edition is 7.01 GB. :eek:
     
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    Their top-billed mainstream junk is exactly why I don't want the service. Who the hell is that dumb?
     
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    Why would you need a a 720 version and a 1080 version? i still have the original ATV2 and downloaded the 1080 version and they play fine on it.
     
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    Thank you very much. Now all I need is for the UK iTunes store to have 1080p films.
     

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