Monday, September 11, 2006

Apple Adds Movie Downloads to iTunes, Shows STB

In a much anticipated announcement, Apple began offering over 75 movies from Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films through its iTunes store. Movies will become available on the iTunes Store the same day they are released on DVD, with new releases priced at $12.99 when pre-ordered and during their first week of availability, and $14.99 thereafter, and library titles available for $9.99.

Videos are downloaded in near-DVD quality at a resolution of 640x480 (up to 480, depending on the aspect ratio).

Apple also previewed its upcoming iTV player, which is expected to debut in Q1 2007. The unit will look like a flatter version of the Mac Mini and include built-in power supply, USB 2.0, Ethernet, 802.11, optical audio, RCA and HDMI ports. The expected price is $299.