When will movies come to iTunes?

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    More importantly, when is Apple going to start adding video content ( shows etc ) for the rest of the world?

    ( Yes, I know they need licensing from content providers).

    Apple need to sort this out before adding movies.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2005
    On an island in Maine
    Also, when are they going to let you rip DVDs of purchased content? Who wants to watch a full-length movie in iTunes? Until they have a link between the living room and the computer (whether its a media center MacMini or DVD ripping capabilities) a movie store just won't fly. Plus the resolution for TV shows works fine for an iPod, but it really stinks for a TV. If they would offer DVD quality downloads that you can burn to DVDs then this could be a huge hit.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2006
    i don't see movies coming to itunes until the batteries in the 30GB can support a full length movie. mine lasts just at 2 hours of vid now and it is new. with many movies being over 2 hours in length, it won't fly until the capacity is higher...
  5. macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    And this is exactly the fact why I still hesitate to update my iPod.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
  7. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    More importantly, when are 1080 HD movies coming to iTunes? Yeah, I know. I've played with the numbers and it would take, on average, 8 hours to download a typical 120-min film using my routinely 300KB/s high-speed internet connection. But one can dream, can't they?... :D
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2005
    And that's the problem. 8 hours to download a single movie just isn't acceptable, at least not for the average, non-tech oriented consumer. 8 hours is plenty of time to lazily take a trip to the local video store, rent as many movies as you want, probably watch 2 of them when you get back (if you had the stomach for it) and still have plenty of time left over before your very first movie download arrives safely on your machine.

    The online movie download/rental business just isn't ready for primetime, at least not in the USA. Most DSL speeds are too slow, arguably even high speed cable is too slow, and that's not even taking into account how many folks still use dial-up to connect to the net. The infrastructure and technology for the bandwidth needed to download/rent movies online is going to need a major shot in the arm before it can give the local video/rental store a run for it's money.

    The article linked here mentioned "bandwidth management," but I didn't see much elaboration on that and that isn't surprising. There isn't much in the way of bandwidth to manage in the first place.
  9. sjk
    macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2003
    Informatively entertaining summary, VanNess. Some people (not particularly in this thread, thanks goodness) haven't clearly thought through the issues before posting ridiculous half-baked comments about them. By now the desire for higher quality downloadable content is obvious and dejo's "But one can dream, can't they?" remark puts that into a less demanding perspective. :)

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