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Apple announced Wednesday that hit television programming from ABC Studios, Disney Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon and Paramount Comedy is now available for &#1631.89 an episode from the iTunes Store in the UK.

iTunes customers can choose from a wide range of popular primetime programming including the Emmy Award-winning series "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Greys Anatomy," "Ugly Betty" and locally-produced UK series such as MTVs "Barrio 19," Nickelodeons "Genie in the House" and Paramount Comedys "Comedy Blue." The iTunes Store in the UK currently offers 28 television programs for purchase and download which can be viewed on a PC or Mac, fifth generation iPod, or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.

"Were thrilled to bring TV programming to the iTunes Store in the UK," said Eddy Cue, Apples vice president of iTunes. "Weve got 28 shows and expect to continue to add more great programming."

The complete list of television programming on the iTunes Store in the UK includes:
Disneys ABC Studios dramas and comedy-dramas "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Greys Anatomy," "Ugly Betty," "Commander in Chief" and "Nightstalker;"
Disney Channels renowned childrens programming including "Jake Long: American Dragon," "Kim Possible," "Thats So Raven," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and Playhouse Disney titles "Handy Manny," "Little Einsteins" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse;"
MTVs reality favorites "Pimp My Ride," "Barrio 19," "Bams Unholy Union," "Laguna Beach," and "My Sweet Sixteen;"
Nickelodeon childrens programming "Avatar: The Legend of Aang," "Drake and Josh," "Dora the Explorer," "Genie in the House" and "SpongeBob SquarePants;" and
Paramount Comedy hits "South Park," "Comedy Blue," "Jongleurs Unleashed: Part I," "That 70s Show" and "The World Stands Up."
Pricing & Availability

iTunes 7 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from Apple's website. Purchase and download of songs and videos from the iTunes Store requires a valid credit card from a financial institution in the country of purchase. Television shows are available in the US and UK only, and video availability varies by country. Television shows are £1.89 per episode in the UK. TV shows from the iTunes Store are downloaded in near-DVD quality at a resolution of 640x480 (up to 480, depending on the aspect ratio) and can be viewed on a computer, fifth generation iPod or widescreen TV with Apple TV.
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I"m almost tired of complaining....
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What a rip off!!

At £1.89 (that the same as £1.60 excluding our 17.5% VAT), we are paying the equivalent of $3.20. USA customer pay only $1.99. Why must we be ripped off again?

Don't blame the studios this time, they are all USA based and therefore could easily have matched the price. We should be paying £1.17 including our VAT at the current exchange rate. Even with a little more profit, why could they not charge £1.29 or £1.39?

A single iTunes track cost $0.99 in the US, we pay £0.79 ($1.58), by applying the same factor to videos we should only be paying a max of £1.58 - what is going on here?

A complete series of Lost would cost me 24 * £1.89 = £45.36.
Why would I bother when I can get better quality DVD's for £32.97 with free shipping?

I for one will not be buying from the store.
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I"m almost tired of complaining....

Here are a few stats about Canada that might intrest #1 Infinite Loop...

1. Popoulation the same as California
2. We are just north of New York (and Montana, and Seattle, ...)
3. We speak the same language (except Quebec but they don't count when it comes to Apple)
4. We have a lot of money because the USA and China keep increasing the value of our raw resources
5. We don't have enough Apple products to spend out money on.

Things Canada would like from Apple:

1. iPhone
2. Movies on Itunes
3. TV on iTunes
4. The full iTunes catalog of music
5. Steve Job's vacation home (Whistler?)
6. Our population share of inventory.

-> End Rant <-
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A complete series of Lost would cost me 24 * £1.89 = £45.36.
Why would I bother when I can get better quality DVD's for £32.97 with free shipping?

I for one will not be buying from the store.

A complete season is £32.99 on the store, individual episodes are £1.89. Season 3 of Lost isn't on DVD until October, Amazons price for the Season 3 box set will be £44.98 with a full price of £59.99.
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I really want to see sucker that buys this. WOW , just WOW , and i dont even care , i live in California. I sense Apple's trademark ignorance is starting to take over the company. 1st iPhone's terms and now this.

I really gotta wonder, come Sept 5th , Apple is gonna give us some kind of crappy iPod update , nothing close to what people expect ( like full size touch screen ala iPhone ).
post #7 of 25
Yeah this is sucky. I think it has something to do with the really weak dollar. Still sucks though.
post #8 of 25
Cool, but where are our movies?
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Originally Posted by Restalot View Post

Here are a few stats about Canada that might intrest #1 Infinite Loop...

1. Popoulation the same as California
2. We are just north of New York (and Montana, and Seattle, ...)
3. We speak the same language (except Quebec but they don't count when it comes to Apple)
4. We have a lot of money because the USA and China keep increasing the value of our raw resources
5. We don't have enough Apple products to spend out money on.

Things Canada would like from Apple:

1. iPhone
2. Movies on Itunes
3. TV on iTunes
4. The full iTunes catalog of music
5. Steve Job's vacation home (Whistler?)
6. Our population share of inventory.

-> End Rant <-

Not to mention we actually LIKE American culture on the TV (only, thank you very much) compared to the Brits.

AND have higher broadband connection rates (per capita) than the USA AND UK.

So heck, throw up 30% NFB crap online to iTunes (Log Driver's Waltz anyone?) and open up the tubes!

I for one think it might have something to do with Michael Geist not yelling at a certain Konrad von Finckenstein of the CRTC loud enough.
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What a rip off!!

---snip---

Why would I bother when I can get better quality DVD's for £32.97 with free shipping?

Because you can't insert a DVD into your iPod, innit?

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Not to mention we actually LIKE American culture on the TV (only, thank you very much) compared to the Brits.

AND have higher broadband connection rates (per capita) than the USA AND UK.

So heck, throw up 30% NFB crap online to iTunes (Log Driver's Waltz anyone?) and open up the tubes!

I for one think it might have something to do with Michael Geist not yelling at a certain Konrad von Finckenstein of the CRTC loud enough.

Any country that unleashes "Red Green" on the world must be invaded and rendered powerless to commit future atrocities.

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Yeah this is sucky. I think it has something to do with the really weak dollar. Still sucks though.

Ummm, A weak dollar makes the Pound stronger. A week dollar shouldn't make European prices higher--in fact it should do the contrary...
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Any country that unleashes "Red Green" on the world must be invaded and rendered powerless to commit future atrocities.

Red Green may have lowered the standard but if it was not for Canada, the US would not have sence of humour... Steve Smith (aka Red Green) John Candy, Martin Short, John Aykryid, Eugene Levy, Jim Carrey, and the infamous Phil Hartman are all notable Canadians...

Of course the USA contributed to Canadian comedy culture with Chris Rock and Sinbad... thanks for nothing.
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...but if it was not for Canada, the US would not have sence of humour... :

but if it wasnt for the UK, you wouldnt have youre language :P
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I don't see how an anti M$ stance can be seen as a bad thing on an Apple forum I really can't!

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Red Green may have lowered the standard but if it was not for Canada, the US would not have sence of humour... Steve Smith (aka Red Green) John Candy, Martin Short, John Aykryid, Eugene Levy, Jim Carrey, and the infamous Phil Hartman are all notable Canadians...

Of course the USA contributed to Canadian comedy culture with Chris Rock and Sinbad... thanks for nothing.

LOL! You Canucks are forgiven, but only because of Phil Hartman and Jim Carrey... and Eugene Levy... mm... and maybe Martin Short. Oh, alright, Dan Aykroyd, er, Pamela Anderson? ...James Cameron, Alexander Graham Bell, James Doohan, Joe Flaherty, Michael J. Fox, Natasha Henstridge, Peter Jennings, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers, Christopher Plummer, Ivan Reitman, William Shatner, Donald and Keifer Sutherland, (still not forgiven for Howie Mandel, Rich Little and Norm MacDonald)... yeah, I guess there have been a few...

And you can send back Chris Rock and Sinbad... for recycling.

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LOL! You Canucks are forgiven, but only because of Phil Hartman and Jim Carrey... and Eugene Levy... mm... and maybe Martin Short. Oh, alright, Dan Aykroyd, er, Pamela Anderson? ...James Cameron, Alexander Graham Bell, James Doohan, Joe Flaherty, Michael J. Fox, Natasha Henstridge, Peter Jennings, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers, Christopher Plummer, Ivan Reitman, William Shatner, Donald and Keifer Sutherland, (still not forgiven for Howie Mandel, Rich Little and Norm MacDonald)... yeah, I guess there have been a few...

And you can send back Chris Rock and Sinbad... for recycling.

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Ummm, A weak dollar makes the Pound stronger. A week dollar shouldn't make European prices higher--in fact it should do the contrary...

Yikes!
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Yikes!

Still, I agree with you and the original UK complainer-- It sucks!
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post #20 of 25
I hope this UK announcement is a lead up to improved quality downloads in the US. Otherwise, why wouldn't Apple save the UK news until next week at the "event?" But if that was the case, why not begin in the UK with top quality downloads? I guess I'm just dreaming, and making no sense at all.

If the rumors are true that iPods will run a version of OS X, wouldn't they then be capable of playing 720p TV shows and movies. Isn't iPods' inability to play HD one of the suggested reasons iTS doesn't yet offer HD?

Anyway, I've yet to get interested in video from iTunes because it's only near-DVD quality. I'd rather have a DVD if that's the case. Unfortunately, I have to wait a half year for TV shows to show up on DVDs. Sigh.
post #21 of 25
Not much to choose from but at least it's a start. Hopefully more will follow together with movies in time.

Let's be honest you can't blame Apple for the fact that everything in the UK costs more than the equivalent (exchange rate) price in the US. Every other company I can think of prices their products in the same way. Companies charge what they think local consumers will pay.

I bet HMV/Virgin or Amazon UK charge more for the same DVD than their US counterparts.
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Ummm, A weak dollar makes the Pound stronger. A week dollar shouldn't make European prices higher--in fact it should do the contrary...

It's because the USA has such a weak economy. We're paying the "proper" price in Europe but the price in the America is artificially reduced because it's all people there can afford, the same way most prices are cheaper in places like Asia.
post #23 of 25
I think this is a good start. So glad they finally made it happen, and no fuss about the release. Maybe they are embarrassed about the price as much as they should be. No wonder unofficial 'downloading' is becoming so popular...
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post #24 of 25
Macworld uk is running a story saying NBC Universal is pulling it's shows of itunes a big blow for apple ????

jus googled them are they run by a french company ????? would explain a lot

Apple should just buy them
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I"m almost tired of complaining....

Yes oh Dear Leader!

Gimme a reason to buy an Apple TV!

Thanks for the iPod Touch btw, now i don't need to break down and feed our sorry ass mobile phone companies (you know who you are!), if you ever decide to bring your iPhone to the Great Frozen North... much appreciated!
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