Apple launches iTunes movie rentals in Australia and New Zealand
Apple today has announced that movies are now available to rent or purchase via iTunes in Australia and New Zealand.
Eddy Cue, Apple VP of Internet Services, says “movie fans in Australia and New Zealand can choose from a great selection of over 700 films for purchase and rent on the iTunes Store…iTunes provides an incredibly easy and fun way for people to discover and enjoy movies, and has quickly become the world’s most popular online movie store with customers renting and purchasing over 50,000 movies everyday.”
In Australia movies can be purchased for A$9.99 for catalog titles, recent titles for A$17.99 and new releases for A$24.99. Rentals start at A$3.99 for older movies and $5.99 for new releases in SD; HD versions will cost one dollar more.
In New Zealand movies can be purchased for NZ$9.99 for catalog title, recent titles for NZ$17.99 and new releases for NZ$24.99. Rentals start at NZ$4.99 for older movies and NZ$6.99 for new releases in SD; HD versions will cost one dollar more.
Movies have been available in the US from iTunes but there’s one thing that Australia and New Zealand have that US doesn’t have–a 48 hour rental period (just 24 in the US once you start watching it).