New rentals not in HD

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by statenine, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. statenine macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2008
    What's up with all these new releases that aren't in HD?? Shoot Em Up and the new Harry Potter have been on my list of movies to see for a long time now. I was excited to see that they were both recently added to Apple TV, but neither are in HD! Very disappointing. I understand that not ALL Apple TV rentals are in HD, but you would think at least all new releases would be. If this is how it is going to be then I might just consider buying a Blueray player and switching back to Netflix where I can rent ALL HD movies that are available. /rant
  2. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Rethink that, it's nearly impossible to get any HD rentals from Netflix within 8 weeks of thier release. Some movies like Micheal Clayton, and In the Valley of Ewah have come out day and date with the disk and in HD, so I can only think it's a stipulation which movies are in HD and which are'nt from the studios. Probably looking to not hurt the HD Disk sales or their Pay per view Sattellite and cable tv sales.
  3. Avatar74 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    Blame the studios. It's up to them what they want to send Apple for HD content. They may be trying some kind of anti-cannibalization strategy to protect, as the other guy said, pay per view and other streams of revenue.

    It's always a bizarre time when there are two competing media standards around... Making it doubly difficult is the arena of internet movie downloads.

    But you're just going to have to be patient. It took several years before iTunes, iTunes Music Store, and the iPod, really took off... and here we are eight years later and they're the #2 music retailer.

    It will take a few years for AppleTV and its offerings to become a substantial distribution channel that the movie studios will give priority... All I can say, though, is that the studios listen to the sound of money, so the only thing that will really convince them to go this way is if we continue to patronize value-added services like AppleTV while rejecting the temptation to patronize P2P or other cheap alternatives that do absolutely nothing to justify internet distribution as a viable, profitable BUSINESS model.

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