iTunes Store Japan Now Serves Movies
Article by George Norman
On 11 Nov 2010
Cupertino-based software developer Apple has announced that its iTunes Store in Japan is now host to movies. Japanese users who have an iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch, Mac and even a PC, can get movies from iTunes and enjoy them on their desktop computer or on their mobile devices. The movies are available in standard and high definition.

Users can buy or rent movies from iTunes. If the user buys a movie, it is his to own and he can watch it whenever he wants to. If he decides to rent a movie instead of buying it, he has 30 days to watch. A movie, once it is rented, is downloaded from the iTunes Store directly to the user’s iTunes or Apple TV; on a high-speed internet connection the download shouldn’t take too long to complete.


Once the download completes, the user has a 30-day window to watch the movie he downloaded. Once the user start watching a movie, he has a 48-hour window of opportunity to watch the movie. The user can for example watch half a movie now and half a movie tomorrow. Or he can watch the movie several times during the 48-hour interval.

There are numerous titles to choose from. As Apple explained, there are more than 1,000 movies to rent or buy, movies produced by big name studios like 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures. There are also movies from top Japanese studios such as Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., Fuji TV, Kadakowa Pictures, Nikkatsu, Shochiku Company Limited and Toei Company Limited.

“With iTunes’ legendary ease of use, discovering and watching movies is as simple and easy as buying music on iTunes® has always been,” said Apple in a press release. “Movie fans can choose from many top-rated movies in Japan, including Hollywood blockbusters such as “Toy Story 3” and “Sex and the City 2,” as well as Japanese favorites including “Ototo,” “Gekijôban Kamen Raidâ Dikeido: Ôru Raidâ tai Daishokkâ” and “Odoru Daisousasen THE MOVIE 2.”

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