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Microsoft lost the plot on Media Center...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Aug-2008 15:20

We waited so long for Microsoft Fiji, er, TV Pack - to find out it may only be released to OEM and don't event have the HD h.264 support.

Then a few months ago I posted here how the Apple iTunes movie store would kill the media center - when it was released to UK, France and Canada.

And now Apple has announced the Apple iTunes movies for Australia and New Zealand.

Yes, for the first time I am downloading iTunes as we speak. I am going to install in our media center in the lounge.




The iTunes Store in Australia and New Zealand feature over 700 films for rent or purchase, with new release titles available for purchase on the same day as their DVD release, including favorites such as “National Treasure 2,” “Jumper,” “27 Dresses,” “Cloverfield,” “Vantage Point” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

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. Movie rentals can be previewed, purchased and watched on iPod classic, iPod nano with video, iPod touch, iPhone and on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.


Enough said. Microsoft lost the battle in the consumer entertainment media space.

Now we just need those New Zealand ISPs to stop selling plans with 10 GB cap and offer real stuff - let's start with 200 GB?

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