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Movies from Universal Pictures purchased on iTunes can now be re-downloaded through the iCloud service, leaving just one major studio, Fox, that is not a part of iCloud.

Universal and Fox were initially absent from iCloud as a result of content deals with premium cable network HBO, though those issues were resolved last month. Universal Pictures films became available this weekend on iCloud, and users who have previously purchased the films from iTunes can re-download them at no cost.

While Universal's films are now available through iCloud, customers looking to re-download 20th Century Fox must still wait for that content, even though HBO was said last month to have reached an agreement. The Wall Street Journal said at the time that Fox expected to have its content on iCloud "within weeks," suggesting it may not be a much longer wait.

In March, Apple began offering users the ability to re-download movies that were previously purchased on iTunes via its iCloud service. The service even applies to the iTunes Digital Copy format, which gives users the ability to download a digital version of a film when they buy a DVD or Blu-ray disc.

The iTunes in the Cloud functionality in iCloud originally only applied to music, books and applications purchased through the iTunes Store. Now, users can access both movies and TV shows as well, from participating studios.




In addition, television content is available in high-definition 1080p format, allowing it to be natively displayed on the new Apple TV. Previously, content maxed out at 720p, which was the highest resolution output of the previous generation Apple TV.

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Years ago, it seemed that CDs and DVDs replaced audiotapes and VHS tapes overnight. I suspect we are about to see another paradigm shift right about....now!
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The more the merrier. At least digital downloads of music and movies fill a gap and are something consumers seem to want, despite the price and despite no resale value to the consumer. DVDs and BDs will be around for a while, but so will digital-only.

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Years ago, it seemed that CDs and DVDs replaced audiotapes and VHS tapes overnight. I suspect we are about to see another paradigm shift right about....now!

Not going to happen unless we see some significant changes on iTunes movie content... The ability to redownload content isn't it...

Movies on the iTunes store are way overpriced, lack the ability to share, and are often missing the bonus features... DVDs/BluRay are still the best way to go...
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Years ago, it seemed that CDs and DVDs replaced audiotapes and VHS tapes overnight. I suspect we are about to see another paradigm shift right about....now!

Memory plays tricks on us. I remember the long flirtation with those big-assed laser-discs, watching them languish in their small region at the Blockbusters, then watching the slow march of VHS shelves converting over to DVD shelves and somewhere along the way the laser-disc disappearing. And now, Blu-Ray. I've had Blu-Rays ever since the PS3 first came out. How many years was that? The download paradigm has been going on for some time. Nothing this big happens overnight. It's just that afterwards we sometimes act like it did.
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Not going to happen unless we see some significant changes on iTunes movie content... The ability to redownload content isn't it...

Movies on the iTunes store are way overpriced, lack the ability to share, and are often missing the bonus features... DVDs/BluRay are still the best way to go...

I don't find iTunes movies to be overpriced. I buy less DVDs these days and increasingly download more iTune movies and TV programmes. However, there is still a much wider selection of DVDs.

You are right about the bonus features. I do miss them on downloads. I wonder why they aren't included? One day maybe?
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Apple needs to get with program and offer a flat rate monthly or yearly like Netflix, Amazon and Sony does- unlimited access to as much as u want. And license this iTunes service out finally across other platforms. This rental on iTunes piece by piece model only on Apple hardware is both ridiculous and antiquated as is the closed wall of availability. Cook will fix this misguided iTunes model we now have. There is no reason why iTunes shouldn't be on a Xbox or Sony Bluray player. And their streaming services are great - Amazon and Sony that is. Netflix too.
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Just checked- my Jurassic Parks are all there. Cool.
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Memory plays tricks on us. I remember the long flirtation with those big-assed laser-discs, watching them languish in their small region at the Blockbusters, then watching the slow march of VHS shelves converting over to DVD shelves and somewhere along the way the laser-disc disappearing. And now, Blu-Ray. I've had Blu-Rays ever since the PS3 first came out. How many years was that? The download paradigm has been going on for some time. Nothing this big happens overnight. It's just that afterwards we sometimes act like it did.

I remember... Blockbusters...

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Just checked- my Jurassic Parks are all there. Cool.

Don't you already own Jurassic Park in a much better format than iTunes can deliver?

Blu-Ray?
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I don't find iTunes movies to be overpriced. I buy less DVDs these days and increasingly download more iTune movies and TV programmes. However, there is still a much wider selection of DVDs.

You are right about the bonus features. I do miss them on downloads. I wonder why they aren't included? One day maybe?

There are extras, the problem is that the Apple TV doesn't support them for some reason. Boggles the mind.
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This rental on iTunes piece by piece model only on Apple hardware is both ridiculous and antiquated as is the closed wall of availability. Cook will fix this misguided iTunes model we now have. There is no reason why iTunes shouldn't be on a Xbox or Sony Bluray player. And their streaming services are great - Amazon and Sony that is. Netflix too.

dude, are you new to apple platform? what the hell are you talking about?
there is no way IMO they are going to make iTunes available as a service on non-apple hardware.

can you apply for new id for iCloud email service on non-apple hardware? i don't think so..

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I don't find iTunes movies to be overpriced. I buy less DVDs these days and increasingly download more iTune movies and TV programmes. However, there is still a much wider selection of DVDs.

You are right about the bonus features. I do miss them on downloads. I wonder why they aren't included? One day maybe?

iTunes Extras for bonus features.. Although not all movies have it.
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there is no way IMO they are going to make iTunes available as a service on non-apple hardware.

They have since 2003.

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can you apply for new id for iCloud email service on non-apple hardware? i don't think so..

Windows lets you do it, I believe. I could be wrong about that.

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Not going to happen unless we see some significant changes on iTunes movie content... The ability to redownload content isn't it...

Movies on the iTunes store are way overpriced, lack the ability to share, and are often missing the bonus features... DVDs/BluRay are still the best way to go...

i agree for the over-pricing to buy movies on iTunes, i only like to rent movies when i want to watch it.

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Don't you already own Jurassic Park in a much better format than iTunes can deliver?

Blu-Ray?

Yes I do. It's just nice to have it to watch on my on my iPad as I travel. But I would never ever buy or rent from iTunes- like throwing money out the window. All my iTunes movies are freebies from Blu - the ultimate format.
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Except, of course, everywhere in the world besides the US. Bleh.
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And the dominoes start falling in place
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Blu - the ultimate format.

Until another one comes along and it's as useless as Betamax is now.

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Yes I do. It's just nice to have it to watch on my on my iPad as I travel. But I would never ever buy or rent from iTunes- like throwing money out the window. All my iTunes movies are freebies from Blu - the ultimate format.

I've never bought a Blue Ray movie. Do all of them come with a digital copy?
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I've never bought a Blue Ray movie. Do all of them come with a digital copy?

Nope, that costs extra.

Yes, that fact is hilarious, by the way.

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Not going to happen unless we see some significant changes on iTunes movie content... The ability to redownload content isn't it...

Movies on the iTunes store are way overpriced, lack the ability to share, and are often missing the bonus features... DVDs/BluRay are still the best way to go...

Pricing is your concern? Try bandwidth. The time value of money far exceeds the cost of purchase.

Unless I've got fiber to the home downloading a 25GB Blu Ray disc image is not ever going to interest me.
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They have since 2003.

you are right about this, my bad. apologies to isheldon.

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Windows lets you do it, I believe. I could be wrong about that.

how? even if you go to iCloud.com there is no option for signup so i guess they don't allow…

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how? even if you go to iCloud.com there is no option for signup so i guess they don't allow

Ah, I thought it was possible via the iCloud control panel. I don't log into anything in my Windows partition, so I hadn't confirmed that.

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Originally Posted by Dave K. View Post

Not going to happen unless we see some significant changes on iTunes movie content... The ability to redownload content isn't it...

Movies on the iTunes store are way overpriced, lack the ability to share, and are often missing the bonus features... DVDs/BluRay are still the best way to go...

The positive about physical copies is that we can have an original archive disc, we have better quality audio, extra content.

The cons is higher cost, have to convert using some sort of encryption cracking software, BluRay requires a BluRay player (decent ones cost a minimum of $1,000)

Personally, I would only buy a movie once I know it is one that I would watch more than a few times. Only the Classics so to speak, which aren't that many of. I would also need to have a very nice HomeTheater system to enjoy it.

What is kind of rip off is 4G LTE costs. Let's say you just bought an IPad 4G LTE and had a $50 a month service, you can only have 5G of data usage. One 1080p movie is over 3G. So, aside from the price of renting or buying that movie, it is going to cost another $25 or so just to download the freaking thing. Buying BluRay, one has to have a player, which costs money, and be able to spend time converting it into a digital file to put on our computers/tablets.
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Bring on iTunes Movie Match!
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And license this iTunes service out finally across other platforms. This rental on iTunes piece by piece model only on Apple hardware

Since when does Apple make Windows hardware?
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That should save people some HD space. Yes, movie match would be nice, but I would settle for a cheap SD to HD upgrade for past purchases.
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Rupert Murdock cant afford to let people re-download paid content through iCloud. Lets start a pool to collect money to help mr Murdock and his financial plight.

An accurate depiction of mr Murdock huh?

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Since when does Apple make Windows hardware?

Since Boot Camp

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Originally Posted by Dave K. View Post

Not going to happen unless we see some significant changes on iTunes movie content... The ability to redownload content isn't it...

Movies on the iTunes store are way overpriced, lack the ability to share, and are often missing the bonus features... DVDs/BluRay are still the best way to go...

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I don't find iTunes movies to be overpriced. I buy less DVDs these days and increasingly download more iTune movies and TV programmes. However, there is still a much wider selection of DVDs.

You are right about the bonus features. I do miss them on downloads. I wonder why they aren't included? One day maybe?

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There are extras, the problem is that the Apple TV doesn't support them for some reason. Boggles the mind.

So some do watch the "extras"?

The fact that they're not available from iTunes is unlikely due to Apple's decision. It's more likely the studios' way of protecting their DVD business.
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Nope, that costs extra.

Yes, that fact is hilarious, by the way.

Yes, all here who buy Apple stuffs understand it is hilarious to pay more FOR more.
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Yes I do. It's just nice to have it to watch on my on my iPad as I travel. But I would never ever buy or rent from iTunes- like throwing money out the window. All my iTunes movies are freebies from Blu - the ultimate format.

Was the redownload the 1080p version?
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Yes, all here who buy Apple stuffs understand it is hilarious to pay more FOR more.

The difference here being you're already legally entitled to your digital copy even when you're not paying extra for it.

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Was the redownload the 1080p version?

No sadly- the freebies included are never HD- though I'm hoping that this may eventually change.
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Since when does Apple make Windows hardware?

When was the Windows iPod invented? Remember- hell froze over!
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I've never bought a Blue Ray movie. Do all of them come with a digital copy?

Many do- when you redeem them at iTunes store they are treated like a purchase- like the free songs at Starbucks. So you can redownload them across any Mac machine. I supose Windows iTunes users too. I just think at this point iTunes should be available on more entertainment options besides just the Apple TV. It is hindering growth in the video department. Look at Amazon and Netflix- they are everywhere, on everymachine.
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Not going to happen unless we see some significant changes on iTunes movie content... The ability to redownload content isn't it...

Movies on the iTunes store are way overpriced, lack the ability to share, and are often missing the bonus features... DVDs/BluRay are still the best way to go...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Crap Hollywood Version)

DVD - $17.99 (Amazon), $29.99 (Best Buy in Store)

Blu Ray - $22.99 (Amazon), $39.99 (Best Buy in Store)

Amazon Download - $12.99 or $3.99 to rent (SD)

iTunes 1080p - $17.99

iTunes 480p - $12.99

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post #39 of 49
So everything should be available yet I still have 7 movies from iTunes that are not available for re-download:

Batman: Year One
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Lady and the Tramp
The Nightmare Before Christmas
We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song
White Christmas
Zombie Prom

The Harry Potter movie is real weird since films 1-6 (except 4) are showing up for me. Nightmare Before Christmas is another odd one as it shows up for re-downlond for a friend of mine. Obviously there are still some kinks to work out. Until this "just works" it's not much of a selling point.
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The difference here being you're already legally entitled to your digital copy even when you're not paying extra for it.

That's been illegal since the 90s. Circumvention of the encryption is a no-no.
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