iTunes HD Movie $19.99, Same Movie $4.98 Eleswhere

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  1. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    So why does Apple charge $19.99 for an HD movie when I can go somewhere else on the net and get the same HD movie with no DRM for $4.95 and I can even burn it to a DVD? Is this Apple being greedy?

    I bought over 100 movies before I discovered a better alternative. I'll still buy my TV show season passes on iTunes
     
  2. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe it's just that no one else has heard of the other service you're referring to. Especially since the MPAA lets them sell digital movies with no DRM.
     
  3. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    What's the name of this legal downloading service?
     
  4. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have a link to the site that sells them for $4.95?
     
  5. hexonxonx thread starter macrumors 601

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    zml.com.

    They have probably a few thousand HD movies as well as DIVX and iPod versions. Ipod versions sell for $2.99.
     
  6. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think it's legal - being based in Cyprus
     
  7. Sky Blue Guest

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    Why pay $4.98 when Usenet has them for free?

    It's laughable if you think that site is legal.
     
  8. hexonxonx thread starter macrumors 601

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    Because usenet is filled with a lot of garbage. There are people posting home made DVDs that they plaster their name all over the menu screen, some have subtitles hard encoded on the video and I'm tired of all the BS on there.
     
  9. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    I just downloaded a preview of Monsters vs Aliens and it looks like it been shot with a handheld movie camera in a movie cinema. :(
     
  10. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    The service is not legal at all, unless you are in Russia.
     
  11. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    This is essentially allofmp3 for video. Whoever is running the site may actually make some decent money from this if all of the claims are true. Either way, I'm pretty sure it's illegal for US customers.

    So to answer your question:
    Apple charges $19.99 based on requirements of the MPAA plus the fact that it offers a very convenient method for purchasing the content legally.
     
  12. hexonxonx thread starter macrumors 601

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    I haven't seen anything like that at all. I bought 15 movies so far and the HD quality is just as good as iTunes.
     
  13. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    At least the site advertises it as low quality.

    I bet that most of the content is generated by ripping BDs and DVDs.
     
  14. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    Why pay for pirated movies when you can download them for nothing with P2P
     
  15. Sky Blue Guest

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    Exactly, this dumber than pirating, you're pirating but you pay for it.
     
  16. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    Which is why they are charging only $5 per movie, they don't have to pay royalties to the movie studios.
     
  17. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    And you still don't have any legal right to have it unlike buying it from iTunes :D
     
  18. txr0ckabilly macrumors 6502

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    Because in the US, there's a $1000 fine for aach illegal copy on your HD.

    1000>19.99

    That's just the logic I use though, to each his own I reckon.
     
  19. hexonxonx thread starter macrumors 601

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    I wish I would have asked about this site when I first discovered it. I guess It's back to iTunes.

    I just wish Apple would add HD movies allot faster.
     

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