iTunes Movie Rentals Coming?

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  1. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
  3. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Man Apple are on their toes.This snafu has been removed from iTunes also.
  4. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    iTunes Movie Rentals Coming?


    David Watanabe posted a screenshot to Flickr which reveals that Apple may be working on Movie Rentals in iTunes.

    He was reporting a problem in iTunes and the pop-up menu listed a number of possible problems. These included


    Apple has been rumored to be in talks with Hollywood studios about launching an online movie rental service. The rumored price was $2.99 for a 30 day rental and would allow films to be moved to at least one other device -- such as the iPod or iPhone.

    The target launch for the service was this fall.

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  5. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    If you could rent these while using the AppleTV with the iTunesWiFiStore it would be fantastic...
  6. theheadguy macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2005
    I'd have to say Apple is not on their toes. Leak after leak are proving accurate. (Although this is a programming slip-up, it still goes with the flow of less real surprises)
  7. adrianblaine macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2006
    Pasadena, CA
    This is what I've been waiting for in :apple:TV. I won't even consider getting one until this happens.
  8. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    This would kick ass. I'd definitely be down for rentals on iTunes. Blockbuster, Hollywood and Netflix better watch out.

    Now all Apple needs to do is work on selection. There's no reason at all they shouldn't have a ginormous catalog.
  9. sbarton macrumors regular

    May 4, 2001
    This is great, although I hope they come out with a rental option for TV shows also. Drop the price to .99 for a 3 month unlimited viewing for tv shows and it gets real interesting.
  10. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If the choice was wide instead of solely Hollywood guff, I would never rent another DVD again... pity that Universal seem to be in a tizz with Apple.
  11. Muzzway macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007
  12. whatever macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2001
    South of Boston, MA
    It would be great if Apple introduced this as a feature of Apple TV (one of the best products that Apple came out with this year!).

    Apple already included the iTunes Store login as an option for the Apple TV, so this makes sense.

    Can you imagine a download movie rental system using Apple TV! That would be awesome. All they would have to do is make it 1080p (software) and Dolby Digital and then BluRay and HD-DVD would have some real problems. People would skip that generation of "hard" media and move to digital!
  13. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Ahhh... people already complaining about the price and it has not even shipped yet. (Maybe apple will give us a rebate is we cry enough!)

    This price is FAIR unless one wants to do the math on netflix like subscriptions.

    Then again they are not the same market. If apple does this I don't see myself using it much (unless HDTV quality is included) since I use Netflix and can wait a couple of days for a movie and can keep in as long as I want.

    Now if apple does HD movies I am buying an apple tv since it will be a whole lot cheaper then buying blueray AND a hd dvd players...
  14. sbarton macrumors regular

    May 4, 2001
    Not sure what about my comment makes you think it was a complaint? Maybe you missed that idea that most of my post was referring to "tv shows"?
  15. JGF0x macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Finally... soon maybe. Xbox Live already has it but Apple offers the iPod mobility factor which would make this a pretty sweet deal. :apple: FTW!
  16. sir42 macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2003
    NY, NY
    I agree. Apple has a real opportunity here to put an end to the format wars. Downloadable HD movie rentals is only a matter of time anyway. And it's the killer ap for Apple TV.

    Just imagine you're spending a day in the park when you decide you want to watch True Lies when you get home. You just whip out your iPhone and program your Apple TV to start downloading the movie. When you get home, you fire up your Apple TV and start watching in 1080p. No more DVDs, HD-DVDs, Blu-Ray, Netflix or Blockbuster. In one swoop could come right out and be a real game changer.
  17. Poll Smoker macrumors 6502a

    Poll Smoker

    Jul 20, 2007
    Stopped reading after getting to this...
  18. Darkroom Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    i confess that i am a serial torrent downloader... but if i could rent movie thru iTunes for $2.99, there's a good chance that my torrent days would end... it's not so much that i want it for free, it's more that i just don't want to have to leave my cozy apartment, get in my car, drive to the video store in the rain, search for a movie i can't find, etc...

    sure, there already are services for movie rentals online... but i don't like them...
  19. X86BSD macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2002
    Kansas, USA
    It would be GREAT if..

    They made them DVD resolution or higher and offered plans just like netflix and the others. Like $29.99/mo for 5 movies at a time unlimited rentals per month. That would be reallllllly great.

  20. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    Until Apple gets this up to a realistic resolution (DVD or better), its a non starter with me. I do not care what the show or movie, if it looks like ****, I could care less.

    FWIW, I have bought 5-10 songs EVER on iTunes- and those were free from Pepsi Bottle caps... and that is entirely due to iTunes piss-poor bit rate there, too. All my music is Apple Lossless.

    The argument could be made that maybe you cannot hear the difference between 128 rate and apple lossless, and I admit the difference is not much. The new DRM-less is better (but I consider both formats low-res, and thus overpriced at 99 and 1.29)

    But TV shows at the current rez most definitely show the poor res, especially on bigger TVs.

    Get them up to a good rez, then we can start talking. Otherwise, its only good for an iPod, not the living room.
  21. Curtis72 macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Heck ya...

    I was hoping some :apple: TV needs woould be released last Wednesday. I want to put my apple:TV to more use then it is now (only using for music, podcast, YouTube viewing which overall is lame).
  22. fastbite macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    Regardless of the resolution rentals would be a killer step, decisive game move that would scare the hell out of the competition, simply because the millions of iPod touch that are going to sell -- and with such a fantastic screen the temptation to rent one or two or a hundred flicks is going to be difficult to resist.
  23. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    That would be really really great. Because people ususally don't want to own movies in contrast to music. I watch a movie once. THats it. I listen to my music sometimes a hundred times.
  24. DaBrain macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2007
    ERIE, PA
    Sure would! As long as the price is comprable to Netflix as an example I would but an :apple: TV in a heart beat! Been patiently awaiting this! :cool:

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