Still no sign of TV shows, but at long last the iTunes Store in New Zealand offers movies — Apple Premieres Movies on the iTunes Store in Australia & New Zealand:
Apple® today announced that movies from major film studios including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Sony Pictures Television International and Lionsgate are now available on the iTunes® Store in Australia (www.itunes.com/au) and in New Zealand (www.itunes.com/nz).
With iTunes Movie Rentals, once a movie is rented, it starts downloading from the iTunes Store directly to iTunes or Apple TV®, and users with a fast Internet connection can start viewing the movie in seconds. Customers have up to 30 days to start watching it, and once a movie has been started customers have 48 hours to finish it—or watch it multiple times. iTunes Movie Rentals also feature over 100 titles available in stunning high definition, perfect for viewing on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.
iTunes movies in New Zealand start at NZ$9.99 for catalog title purchases, NZ$17.99 for recent releases and NZ$24.99 for new releases. iTunes Movie Rentals are NZ$4.99 for library title rentals and NZ$6.99 for new releases, and high definition versions are priced at just one dollar more.
Considering I rarely actually go out to see movies, and even sometimes never get around to movies I even want to see, maybe I’ll give this a shot. Timing may be a problem: download could take a while and then only 48 hours to watch the movie.
Hmm, Stargate: The Ark of Truth is 1.05Gb. That’s quite a chunk out of a 20Gb per month allowance.