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Apple launches iTunes movie downloads in the UK

We’ve been twiddling our fingers for the best part of two years, waiting for the day Apple (opens in new tab) would bless UK consumers with its movie download service. That day has finally arrived.

You can either buy movies (£6.99 for older titles and £10.99 for newer releases) or rent them (£2.49 for old films, £3.49 for standard definition new releases and £4.49 for high-definition versions).

HD rentals are in 720P and all boast Dolby Digital surround sound. Standard definition downloads are 480P with Dolby Pro Logic soundtracks.

Once you’ve rented a film, you have 30 days to start watching. Once started, you’ve got 48 hours to finish or you can watch the film multiple times until the rental expires.

The good news is that you can transfer the films to all manner of iPods, including the Classic, nano with video, Touch and iPhone. The films contain a special code that knows when your time’s up and it disappears from your library.

If you want to watch HD downloads on your flatscreen TV you’ll need Apple TV.

There are currently 700+ films to choose from, including over 100 HD flicks. You can now download blockbuster titles such as Batman Begins, I Am Legend, and Police Academy 3 at the touch of a button.

However, after having a quick snoop on the iTunes store it seems quite hit and miss with regards availability. Some films are only available to rent, some are only available to buy.

To get started, you’ll need the latest version of iTunes (7.6.2), which you can download at www.apple.com/uk/itunes (opens in new tab).

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Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.