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Apple Launching iTunes Movie Offerings in Over a Dozen New Countries

Late last month, Apple launched the iTunes Music Store in 12 new European countries, with the updated terms and conditions for users in those countries also addressing movie and TV show content despite those options not being made available in the new countries.

It now appears that Apple has begun rolling out iTunes Store movie content in a number of these and other countries, marking yet another substantial international expansion to Apple's content catalog.


Movie listing from Estonian iTunes Store

Based on reports from readers and an examination of the iTunes Store, it appears that movies are now available in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia, and Slovenia – all countries that had been included in the latest round of music store expansion. Curiously, the Romanian iTunes Store appears to be the only one of the twelve recent music additions to have not yet received movie content.

Earlier this week we also received a couple of reports of movies becoming available in Greece and Portugal, two countries that have had music store access since 2004, suggesting that the movie expansion may be even broader.

As has been in the case with other similar content expansions, Apple has not yet launched dedicated navigation bar tabs in iTunes for movies in the new countries, but the content is showing up in search results.

One other batch of new European markets for iTunes Store movie content went live in late September, with the Apple TV launching in those countries soon after. Consequently, customers in countries where movie content is launching this week may also be seeing the Apple TV debut in the near future.

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39 months ago

Wow, I should move to Estonia, they get it in English there.

I seem to be stuck with German here in Switzerland.


This is a thing I don't understand.

Why they don't put the movies or tv shows with multiple tracks and subtitles?
Rating: 8 Votes
39 months ago
Glad to hear other countries get to partake :-) I've enjoyed it so far
Rating: 8 Votes
39 months ago

Wow, I should move to Estonia, they get it in English there.


One of the benefits of using such a small and insignificant language.

Almost every feature length film is in its original language, with subtitles. The notable exception are Pixar, Dreamworks etc animations with professional local voice work, but they usually have screenings in English as well.

I cringe every time I use applications translated into Estonian. It's just painful. English is a lot less awkward for computing.
Rating: 3 Votes
39 months ago
another step closer to the upcoming apple tv
Rating: 3 Votes
39 months ago
Give me iCloud for movies too and I'll start buying movies, donate my DVDs and never look back... :D
Rating: 3 Votes
39 months ago
As I understand, Apple does not allow you to buy Movies and Music outside USA because of the Movie/Music Studios, right?

The Universallization of Movies and Music is something that is years light aways from the Worldwide population.

It is too sad. I want to give the Studios money in exchange of a movie, and they didn't accept my money.

I hope is not Apple fault and also hope People understand this.
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago

Earlier this week we also received a couple of reports of movies becoming available in Greece and Portugal


They are good markets for Apple to sell movie, because nobody in those countries work so have lot of time for watching movie. And rest of Europe can pay for their itunes bill. Haha. :rolleyes:


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Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago

They are good markets for Apple to sell movie, because nobody in those countries work so have lot of time for watching movie. And rest of Europe can pay for their itunes bill. Haha. :rolleyes:


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You should know that the vast majority of people work very hard...and for those that don't, is not entirely their own fault..

As for the claim that the rest of Europe pays our bills, you're probably referring to the bills that capitalism made.
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39 months ago

Wow, I should move to Estonia, they get it in English there.

I seem to be stuck with German here in Switzerland.

We actually have four movie stores; German, French, Italian and English, just look for them in the drop down menu on top.

This is a thing I don't understand.

Why they don't put the movies or tv shows with multiple tracks and subtitles?

The problem is that adding each sound and subtitle track would make the files too big, however, they should offer them as combined data so you can stream/download each movie with your preferred language track or subtitle. And if you want another track, just switch the sound channel when you stream or tell iTunes to delete the current track and download another.

The store still needs a lot of work.
Rating: 1 Votes
39 months ago
Who on Earth would pay 10 euros for a movie, when you can buy a DVD at amazon for 3 euros or 9 seasons of TV show for the price of 2 seasons at iTunes Store ... Prices are ridiculous ... they should match citizens salaries and in store prices ...
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