Apple Launches iTunes Sale With 4K HDR Bundles Starting at $19.99 for Three Movies

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  1. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    After some more digging around, that appears to be the case. It's understandable. I also just checked and some of my movies that previously were showing 4K are now just showing HD (and HDR). I guess this means I'll look for good iTunes deals again instead of just Vudu or whatever else is cheapest.
  2. tom91780 macrumors newbie


    Dec 19, 2017
    I have the 4K Apple TV and 4K HDR LG OLED TV, but don't see myself getting these bundles. I agree with the others, at most one of three titles in each bundle interests me. I would rather see a pick three for the price, my pick from a larger library.

    By the way, the Apple TV does a much better job with 4K HDR from Amazon Prime than either the Amazon Fire TV box or the LG Amazon Prime app.
  3. zarmanto macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2014
    Around the corner from the 7/11
    That was kind'a my point. Disney and their subsidiaries are conspicuously holding back 4K content -- and as noted by others in this thread, it's almost certainly because Disney wants to offer those as exclusives, once they finally flip the switch on their own streaming service. Some percent of consumers will know what 4K and HDR are, and might actually make a decision to buy into that service because of that, where they might not do so if they already have a bunch of "free" 4K/HDR upgrades in their own iTunes collection. It's all about the $$$.
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I see a lot of sub-par movies (at least for me). No interest in the current bundles. Apple can do better than pawn off low selling movies to us, in order to boost their sales.
  5. mmm1345 Suspended


    Aug 8, 2017
    this may be a difficult concept for you to grasp but some of us aren’t cheap snobs and actually LOVE movies and will watch our favorites multiple times. I know its shocking but everyone in the world doesn’t have to think like you.
  6. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Must be Xmas time

    Even copyright holders are being a 'grinch' over the holiday period... No rest for them. But a three pack for $19.99 could be a bargin...

    That's the best you'd hope for.
  7. mmm1345 Suspended


    Aug 8, 2017
    If you don't like these specific Bundles they have a LOT of 4K movies on sale for $10 today and other bundles. Today's a good day for 4K Updates. They have Heat in 4K/DV now, HEAT! Also the Nolan collection (weirdly Prestige isn't 4k/HDR) and the James Bond Collection is now in 4K - weirdly no HDR. It is annoying when titles that I know I own like my X-Men collection, and Bourne Collection aren't being automatically upgraded.
  8. rillrill macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2011
    New York
  9. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2006
    This man ski's.
    Anyway, BladeRunner in HDR is worth the price of admission for that pack alone.

    Otherwise the Life of Pi, Martian, Revenant one is the only one worth buying.

    And for the folks that are saying they're too expensive, or you already owned these on DVD.. not with HDR you didn't. HDR is a bigger difference than 4k.

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    Casino Royale in 4k HDR isn't a thing? Bummer.

  10. jigzaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Got a 5K iMac, and an iPad Pro and can't watch this content in 4K/HDR. The only things I can legally watch in 4K on my 5K iMac are cat videos on youtube. The studios are anti-piracying their own business to death.
  11. 497902 Suspended

    Sep 25, 2010
    I absolutely refuse to buy movies or TV shows from iTunes. Blu-ray's offer much better picture quality and more often than not at a lower cost. I highly doubt that even iTunes' 4K HDR content reaches even regular 1080p Blu-ray quality considering the low bitrates and compression artifacts. I don't even need to mention Ultra HD Blu-ray.
  12. mwined macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2017
    "I'd take a Herdal over a Kunen."
  13. mmm1345 Suspended


    Aug 8, 2017
    Yey, you are a film snob. Very few people have even heard of these directors much less care about them and you think they'd be in a bundle on iTunes? Last I checked Criterion doesn't do 4K/UHD (nor iTunes digital) and the whole point of these bundles is to promote 4K Movies. I wish people would take the time to read before complaining. I know, I'm guilty of it, but I hate seeing my own idiocy reflected back at me!
  14. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2012
  15. dav1dd macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2013
    I'm all set up for 4K. Watched Wonder Woman recently and there was no way it was 4K. 1080p at best. I couldn't really check it, because my TV says the signal coming from the ATV4K is always at 4K res. So even if I'm watching Netflix, my TV says it is getting a 4K signal because that is what ATV pushes thru every time, regardless of content.

    It looks like a bit of a scam to me and I can see why people stick with the hard discs.
  16. Swampthing Suspended


    Mar 5, 2004
    Perhaps you might have heard about PLEX?
  17. gavroche macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2007
    Left Coast
    I agree... but depends on if you like all three. As others have said... if you don't like two.... or you already own two... it kills the deal..
    I see a couple that have two movies I like. So $10 each essentially is the question...
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    digiridoo macrumors newbie


    Sep 26, 2016
    Interesting offers. I wonder how a film (eg. Balderunner) that was shot on 1980 filmstock which has been printed several times and then scanned is supposed to produce HDR quality content in some download/streaming file format almost 40 years later????
  19. mmm1345 Suspended


    Aug 8, 2017
    No, it's called Christmas and Holiday season. Look it up.
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    Who knows, who cares? It looks great, that's the only thing that matters in the end. And 35 Millimeter film has always been super high quality and why things shot in 35mm makes great 4k transfers.
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    If you only like 2 then buy the 2 you like. All of these are currently on sale for under $10 or just buy the bundle, the one you don't like, may actually grow on you with a 2nd viewing.
  20. cox-orange macrumors newbie


    May 13, 2014
    I would have agreed some months ago, and in terms of the maximum available bitrate you are absolutely right - but I've seen so many Blu-ray Discs with disappointing encoding quality that I've changed my mind. For some movies, a physical BD still makes a difference - for some others not.
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    Regarding the 4k bundles: Nice price - but it seems like yet another US-exclusive offer (unfortunately, without mentioning this in the article). Can't find any of these bundles on the German iTunes store.
  21. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    Hmm Blade Runner. I'm intrigued. In 4k on my new TV that I got on a Black Friday sale, now I'm very intrigued. But I'm not sure if I will like it better than the film version. I may be too used to the older version instead of the the Final Cut version as well.
  22. mikecorp Suspended


    Mar 20, 2008
    for USA it is ok, but for Europeans it is not worth it. Reason " Purchases are not transferable between countries" They are not fixed to icloud account, but rather credit card used during the purchase. In my case I moved to another country, and If I'm trying to change creditcard All my purchases, Apps, Music, Videos are not available and must purchase them again.
    No thank you. I hope European commission will take them to court.
  23. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

    Return Zero

    Oct 2, 2013
    Yep, I didn't go for any of the bundles for that reason, but I bought spider-man for $10 :)
  24. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    It takes some work but you can easily see if what you are watching is 4k.

    First, make sure you have the content match setting set to on.
    This way, the Apple TV won't flag HDR on a non HDR movie.

    Start playing the movie, once it is playing, swipe down on your remote.

    In the film info, if it doesn't mention 4k, it isn't

    Also, use whatever method you have to see if HDR is flagged on your TV.

    Eddy Cue worked very hard to make it as confusing as possible.
    Let's make them think they own everything in 4k! They won't know the difference!

    You just have to remember, if you bought it on the iTunes store , used iTunes to redeem the code, or used a code from a UHD Blu-Ray, then you get the 4k version.

    Just last night, the Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception showed up under my 4k/HDR Library but of course they only played the HD version.

    Thanks Eddy!
  25. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I’m lazy when it comes to my entertainment. I don’t want to dig out a disc to play a movie. I’ll take a slight hit to quality for a more convenient experience. And to be honest, unless I am looking for flaws, the streaming versions look very good. It has never detracted from the experience.

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