iTunes to Offer Movies Same Day as DVD

Apple said today that new movie releases from major studios can now be purchased through iTunes on the same day as the DVD release. The company said new releases and older titles will be available from 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment and First Look Studios.

Note that this is for purchases; the release doesn’t say anything about rentals, which kinda sucks since new releases are priced at $14.99. I’m no fan of DVDs, but for the same amount of money you get a format you can back up and all the extras. It’s nice that (legal) downloading is inching its way towards the mainstream, but it looks like I’ll have to keep my Netflix subscription.

Today’s news comes on the heels of Time Warner’s announcement yesterday that it will make all of its DVD films available on VOD on a day-and-date basis.

Other stats from Apple’s release: The iTunes store has 600 TV shows, 1,500 films including 200 that are in HD.

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