Why are STD def digital copy movies still the default?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by RWinOR, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. RWinOR macrumors 6502

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    As I sit here cleaning up my HD, I have to ponder.... Why does iTunes still sell standard Def movies, (I am specifically referring to new releases not older stuff). Or maybe the more important question is why are the movie studios still manufacturing Std Def Digital copy movies? You normally play these back through your Apple gear, (PC, ATV, or other iOS device) which are hooked up to a digital TV. Are not all digital TV's at least 720P?

    Seems like the default for digital copy should be HD?

    I totally understand the DVD media still being Standard Def, but not digital copy.

    As they say inquiring minds want to know. :)
     
  2. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    I dont download many movies

    but being on capped and very slow BB speed, I cannot practically download HD movies

    it would take forever and the isp would not be happy

    When the whole world has super fast broadband without caps, then you could be right, we dont need SD movies, until that happens SD is good enough for me
     
  3. RWinOR thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh yes good point, I forgot about download speeds. I have had fast BroadBand for so long it feels normal. :)
     
  4. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    one of these days it would be nice to join the 21st century and get that :)
     
  5. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Size, bandwidth, convenience.

    But just for now.
     
  6. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Netflix does the same thing dynamically. It'll compress more or less depending on your bandwidth.
     
  7. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    Because Apple feels that it's unnecessary to put modern disc drives into their computers. Instead, they choose the $20 disc drives from 2003.

    (It really has to do with copyright issues, blu ray and itunes)
     

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