Apple premieres movies on the iTunes Store in France

Apple Online StoreApple today announced that movies from major film studios including 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment, as well as European studios including Pathé, SND and StudioCanal are now available on the iTunes Store in France for rent or purchase. The iTunes Store is offering top-rated movies including “Avatar,” “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “Up,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “LOL,” “Coco” and “La première étoile.”

iTunes’ legendary ease of use makes discovering and enjoying movies as simple and easy as buying music on iTunes has always been. Movies are available for purchase on iTunes the same day as their DVD release, and can be viewed on an iPod® with video, iPhone, Mac or PC or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.

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.

Featuring Apple’s legendary ease of use, including pioneering features such as iTunes Movie Rentals, integrated podcasting support, the ability to turn previously purchased tracks into complete albums at a reduced price, and seamless integration with iPod and iPhone, the iTunes Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.

Pricing & Availability iTunes 9.1 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from iTunes movie purchases and rentals require a valid credit card with a billing address in France. iTunes movies start at €7.99 for catalog title purchases, €9.99 for recent releases and €13.99 for new releases. iTunes Movie Rentals are €2.99 for library title rentals and €3.99 for new releases, and high definition versions are priced at just one euro more.

Source: Apple Inc.


  1. Ter..bleeding..rific

    So all the major films available to us ex-pats living in France (and the locals) are now available on iTunes. Guess I should be excited…if it wasn’t for the fact that the only version available is dubbed French. 2012 is in French , no surround, Avatar in french but at least 5.1.

    Come on Apple, film studios, TV stations et al, get with it. It’s a flipping international world and people move, stuff the poxy rules (for no ones benefit really), cut down on Piracy and let us all have a fair share of the pie and make stuff available for everyone.

    Quite a few french people enjoy seeing the film VO, that’s why they show them at the cinemas in VO.

    How do I know? I run an english school in France (i’m not one of the teachers, you’ll be pleased to know).

    OK, rant over…..actually no, what a bunch of %$**£*@*&*.

    Sorry folks!

  2. I can’t agree more on previous comments regarding multiple languages in the iTunes Store. I wouldn’t dream of watching a dubbed movie, that’s what subtitles are for, fer cryin out loud. Why can’t I just pick and choose whatever subtitle/language I would like in the iTS??? Why can’t I live in, say, Germany, and watch a Swedish sitcom with french subtitles? And BTW, I want to watch the show from yesterday, not from 6 weeks ago. Hell, It’s a piece of cake with 20secs of search with Xtorrent – plus another 35mins downloading the file. The joke is, even though I would rather pay for all this, no one has that kind of service.


  3. yes, from Ireland we have the same problem. Chinese movies are listed as being in English; this for movies having not been dubbed into English, unless there was a special dubbing for Video as happened for VHS years ago. “The Lives of Others.” is listed as being in English. On the graphical interface it easy to see. If you switch to the Browser (text only) interface “The Lives…” is not visible in the “Foreign” section. There is also no indication of subtitles availibitlity.

    Quite deceiving from Apple, very English-centric. Strange from a company that outsources from a Taiwanese company, Foxconn, to manufacture or assemble its products in Southern China.

  4. I want to be able to rent/buy movies in Sweden? Why can’t all itune stores offer the same service? I am a Scot living and working in Sweden and very frustrated at not being able to use UK store or get what I want from swedish store I mean it is 2010…….. I want to live/work wherever and pick what tv channels from whichever country I want and have them beamed to my sat/tv you know customise my viewing and be offered the same options with itunes as other users in other countries WHY is this so difficult??

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