iTunes movies resolution?

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  1. inertiat, Nov 17, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010

    inertiat macrumors member

    May 9, 2008

    I had an impulse to buy Avatar on iTunes because I fancied watching an action movie in HD on my Mac, but I'm in the iTunes store an it doesn't specify what resolution the movie actually is - only that it's 'widescreen'.

    I've searched on Google and not found any results, so can anyone tell me what resolution iTunes movies normally are and how I can find out?

  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    If it says "HD", then it's 1280 wide. If it doesn't say HD, it'll be 853 wide.

    iTunes HD content is up to 1280x720, but wide-aspect movies will have a lower vertical resolution (I believe that it's 536 in this case).
    iTunes SD is up to 853x480, again wide-aspect will take this down to... 356 high?
  3. inertiat thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2008
    Thanks Nermal.

    I'm on the UK store and it doesn't specifically mention HD for any films I can see new or old. But it does have it's own HD section for TV shows. So I'm guessing the UK store doesn't have HD movies?

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