4K iTunes releases have slowed down!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by BODYBUILDERPAUL, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Here in the UK, I noticed that this year so far has been incredibly quiet for back catalogue 4K HDR/DV releases on the iTunes store. Even for new releases.

    November and December was a complete whirlwind of updates but I've noticed very very few during January, February and now into March. Also noticed that SONY CLASSICS FILMS new titles (Call Me By Your Name, Paris Can Wait) are not getting the 4K treatment.

    I thought that this year would be even faster at 4K remastering offerings???

    Do you think that Apple are waiting for TVOS 12 before implementing Dolby Atmos?
  2. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Here in the US they are adding new 4K titles on a daily basis. A couple of days ago one of my all-time favorites (Taxi Driver) was upgraded. :)

    There's a handy list over on the Blu-ray forum that is frequently being updated. Currently stands at almost 400 titles ...

  3. 570934 Suspended

    May 3, 2011
    Dunno there seems to be a steady trickle of new releases in 4K/HDR. Remember it's down to the studio deals which platform will have 4K releases. For instance, Great Wall was originally released in 4K/HDR, then after a few weeks it was downgraded to HD only. If you look in the Sky Box Office Paul (If you have Sky) you'll see it's available at 4K/HDR on there.

    I think, currently there's about 280ish titles in 4K in the iTunes store. There have been a couple of rounds where content suppliers have pushed 4K versions out of older titles, but not seen any for a few weeks now. Bit hard to check no since they removed the 4K/HDR section in the TV App, was a good way of finding anything which had been upgraded.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 4, 2018 ---
    228 4K/HDR titles, doesn’t include just 4K movie I don’t think.

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  4. BODYBUILDERPAUL thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Hi Rigby wow thanks for the link!
    Some are taking a long time to get the 4K HDR treatment here in the UK compared to US for example Moonlight, Office Christmas Party which were all listed as 4K HDR/DV in October.

    Hi Cell. Thank you for that. No, I got rid of SKY TV wayyyyy back in 2009 - my iPhone replaced TV at the time! I'm proud not to be a paying part of the evil of the Murdoch empire!
    I check the iTunes 4K banners every few days but not many additions compared to before Christmas. Maybe Hollywood are loosing interest?

    Mind you, of more importance, there's still quite a few DVD films that I own that iTunes still haven't got here in the UK which they do have in the US. I'm really loathe to buy DVD as I want get rid of everything except ATV.
    I'm wanted Summer Lovers from 1982 - a really nice film set in Greece and the only way to get it is imported DVD. There's a few pirate sites with HD versions but i'm too worried of viruses etc to download from there.
  5. 570934 Suspended

    May 3, 2011
    Unfortunately Sky is the only place for the full Formula 1 season....Not much choice.

    I don't think there is much difference between the US and UK store in 4K content to be honest. Nearly all the most recent big title have been in 4K HDR. There's still plenty of studios not pushing 4k content to anything other than disc. All of Disney titles I think are still only HD and not UHD (it's actually wrong to call them 4K as it's UHD and not 4K resolution lol) Just about all the Marvel films are still in HD, even the latest release of the new Thor is only in HD. New Star Wars will be only in HD. You would have thought LucasFilm/Disney would have used the back of the new film release to push all the past movies out as UHD. Surely it will encourage people to buy a box set, I know i would.
    So, the studios are probably holding back and not giving too much in the way of freebies out. They'll always be looking to grab a few extra quid for upgrades.
  6. -Gonzo- macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2015
    I’d say it’s more of an annoyance when certain studios are putting plenty of 4K out in the US but for some reason in the UK we’re not getting the same treatment, these are just some off the top of my head that are still not 4K in the UK:
    Sony - Spider-Man Trilogy, been 4K for ages in the US.
    MGM - The entire Bond collection is 4K in the US, in the UK we only have Spectre in 4K
    Warner Bros - John Wick 1 & 2.
    20th Century Fox - X Men First Class
    Nothing at all from any of the Lionsgate companies & Studio Canal.
  7. -Gonzo- macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2015
    Around 400 compared to around 280 seems plenty of a difference to me.
    Disney are holding out with 4K support as they want a premium price set for 4K titles rather than charging the same as HD and they don’t want to give out Free upgrades.(whether or not that changes is anyone’s guess, I’d say they’re cutting off their nose to spite their face as surely they’re losing out on many potential sales)
    Same as above, seems some would rather lose sales completely than sell at an imaginary loss.
  8. 570934 Suspended

    May 3, 2011

    Hadn't realised there was so much difference to be honest. It's "supposed" to be world wide distribution these days. Still think that deals with the likes of Sky maybe holding back some releases, maybe need to have a look into it a bit more. As I said about The Great Wall being taken off 4K on ATV but available on the Sky platform.

    Makes me laugh about Disney though, out of all the studios they are closely aligned with Apple with Jobs previous, and connection with current board members.
  9. -Gonzo- macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2015
    Mines still in 4K but that’s because it’s on my US account.
  10. -Gonzo- macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2015
    Also just realised that The Great Wall is a Universal movie.
    For some reason Universal has a habit of removing titles from iTunes and relisting them, so you end up with different versions so what you may have purchased might not be the one that goes 4K.
    Take The Mummy Trilogy for example,
    The Trilogy set went 4K and got removed, replaced as separate HD versions.
    My actual purchases were still available and in 4K but what was available in the store said I didn’t own them.
    The Trilogy set has reappeared recently in 4K but now there’s two versions of each movie available which those who purchased the separate HD versions are stuck with the HD versions.
    This has been highlighted in some iTunes reviews.
  11. 570934 Suspended

    May 3, 2011
    It's sharp practises really. I do download all my purchases but have seen people complain that a title has been removed, only to re-apprear with a slightly tweaked version. Like Close Encounters of The 3rd Kind. Purchased that ages ago, then the 4K version appears, it's not the extended version, but there's 2 versions on iTunes named the same, one in SD and one in UHD. My SD version never got bumped up.
  12. -Gonzo- macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2015
    Both Tomb Raider films are now 4K & at £9.98 too or £4.99 each.
  13. 570934 Suspended

    May 3, 2011
    231 now in the library...

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