Apple Personal computer will begin selling film downloads from Walt Disney's film studios, in a bid to turn its iTunes online music store into a one-stop shop for digital entertainment. To get a few other highly regarded information, click nintendodslites.
Steve Jobs, the company's leader, said that Apple would also deliver a device in the first quarter of 2007 to let consumers stream films, music, photos, podcasts and television shows from the web to their home entertainment systems.
Code-named iTV, the device will cost $299. Analysts said on Tuesday that it could solve the entertainment industry's dilemma of bridging the gap between the living room television and the personal computer.
Apple's eagerly estimated movie service will sell new releases from the Disney, Pixar, Touchstone and Miramax studios for $12.99 if pre-ordered or bought during the first week available. Normally, new releases will cost $14.99 and also other feature-length movies will cost $9.99. To get a few other highly regarded information, click digitalcamerasbatteries.
Jobs said that about 75 movies are now available on iTunes, and that they take about 30 minutes each to download for users with high-speed internet connections.
Consumers can view the motion pictures on their iPods and computers, and before long on televisions with the upcoming iTV player.
"In less than one year we've grown from offering just five Television set shows to offering over 220 Television shows, and we hope to do the same with motion pictures," Jobs said.
"iTunes is selling over 1 million videos a week, and we hope to match that with films in less than a year," he added.
Jobs, a Disney director and one of the company's largest individual shareholders, also introduced new versions of the iPod with brighter screens and longer battery life as Apple looks to expand its dominant position in digital music.
Analysts have said it was only a matter of time before Apple started out promoting full-length movie downloads by iTunes, which has already sold 1.5 billion songs and more than 45 million Tv shows.
Longtime Apple watcher and analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said: "Any of the other studios would be crazy never to jump on this."