Apple has announced that movies are now available on the iTunes Store in Australia and New Zealand.
The initial offering includes over 700 films for rent or purchase from major film studios including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, MGM, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate.
New release titles will be available for purchase on the same day as their DVD release, including “National Treasure 2,” “Jumper,” “27 Dresses,” “Cloverfield,” “Vantage Point” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”
iTunes movies in Australia start at $9.99 AUD for catalog title purchases, $17.99 AUD for recent releases and $24.99 AUD for new releases. iTunes Movie Rentals are $3.99 AUD for library title rentals and $5.99 AUD for new releases, with high definition versions an additional $1. Like the US store, users have up to 30 days to start watching a rental, and once the movie has been started they have 48 hours to finish it or watch it multiple times.
There isn’t a huge range in the initial release, but as someone who hasn’t rented a movie in years, I’ll be taking a close look via my Apple TV tonight. Who knows, Apple got me paying for iPhone apps, I might even rent a movie or two as well.