Movies finally in the NZ iTunes Store

Apple announced today that movies are now available in the iTunes Store in both New Zealand and Australia – for both purchase and rental,

According to Apple there are “over 700 films for purchase and rent” with “over 100 titles available in stunning high definition”, and new releases should be available for purchase the same day they are released on DVD.

A quick browse of the titles suggests that most downloads will be around the 1-1.5GB size – pretty hefty unless you have a decent broadband plan for both download speed and monthy quota.

Pricing in NZ has been set as follows,

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.

So not too shabby for pricing I suppose, but the barrier will be download speeds and broadband costs on top of that – unlike other countries, NZ doesn’t have unlimited data caps and super fast download speeds in general, so many people will be either ruled out or face an unenviable wait while the file downloads.

Another important point to note is that for movie rentals, you have 30 days to start watching it, then 48 hours to finish watching it. The ideal solution for viewing would have to be an Apple TV, otherwise you’ll be stuck watching it on your PC unless that’s wired to your TV.  Oh, and of course your video iPod, touch or iPhone will also play them.

A nice addition to the iTunes Store, but what I’m looking forward to is the eventual(?) arrival of TV episodes…


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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