No movie rentals from Apple AU

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During Steve Job’s keynote at Macworld, he announced that all the Hollywood major studios have signed up to offer their movies to be rented over iTunes. These included Paramount, Universal, Walt Disney, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Lionsgate, New Line and 20th Century Fox.

Using the iTunes Store or the brand new Apple TV, customers will be able to hire new-release movies for $US 3.99 for 30 days. Older titles will cost $2.99 for the same duration.

These can be viewed from many platforms, including the iPhone and the latest generations of the iPod range.

However, Apple has bad news for Australian customers, saying that it won’t be introduced in Australia. This has come as no surprise to many local Apple users, with the music store coming to locals 1 year after it was launched in the US and Europe. Owners are still awaiting the ability to download and buy Television shows and movies.

As well, the iPhone will not be available in Australia, as Apple are still looking for carriers that could handle the EDGE connection.

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