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Apple Removes Download Options From Quicktime Trailers Website

It appears that Apple has begun quietly phasing out its trailer download options from the trailers.apple.com website, effectively eliminating 1080p trailer availability.

Previously, the site gave users the ability to stream trailers in 480p or 720p, along with providing download options for 480p, 720p, and 1080p. Trailers uploaded to the site after an approximate date of May 22 no longer have any download options and can only be streamed in-browser at 480p or 720p.

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Trailer options before 5/22

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Trailer options after 5/22

While trailers uploaded before May 22 can still be downloaded, Apple appears to be removing the option from movies with multiple trailers that have a trailer uploaded after that date. For example, Disney Pixar's Monsters University has trailers that were uploaded on the following dates: 6/20/12, 3/08/13, 5/20/13, and 5/22/13. None of these trailers have download options.

Disney’s Planes, on the other hand, has trailers that were uploaded on the following dates: 3/15/13, 04/04/13, and 5/17/13. Each of these trailers can still be downloaded at all resolutions, including 1080p.

So, while older trailers can still be downloaded from the site, Apple appears to be removing downloads from older trailers as newer trailers are added, slowly phasing out the availability of trailer downloads altogether.

It is not clear at this point why Apple has begun phasing out movie trailer downloads, but we have contacted the company for more information.

(Thanks Eduardo and Theo!)

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19 months ago

Well that certainly sucks and is rather baffling. I've often downloaded movie trailers at 1080p, and stuck a load on a flash drive or hard drive to watch on my TV. I guess they don't want people like me to go to their trailer site anymore.


People use this?? :confused:
Rating: 36 Votes
19 months ago
Well that certainly sucks and is rather baffling. I've often downloaded movie trailers at 1080p, and stuck a load on a flash drive or hard drive to watch on my TV. I guess they don't want people like me to go to their trailer site anymore.
Rating: 30 Votes
19 months ago
Can't believe this. Apple was the last official site out there providing high-quality, 1080p encodes. Truly don't understand why they'd stop. As a huge movie fan, it sucks that 1080p trailers have just become an "endangered species," so to speak. They'll definitely be more scarce, and we'll only be able to get them from third-party sites like HD-Trailers now. Wasn't technology like this supposed to be moving the other way?
Rating: 19 Votes
19 months ago
This is the only way I view trailers for movies I think i'll love (Star Trek 2 for example)

I don't want to watch grainy 480 or 720p...full 1080p was great.

I guess it's back to youtube, may as well get rid of them all together.
Rating: 14 Votes
19 months ago

Perhaps it's time Apple phased out Quicktime? My experience of streaming Quicktime video has never been good in my experience, while Netflix, Youtube and iPlayer all deliver reliable 720p streaming over a comparable connection.


I have NO idea why they aren't using HTML5 on their trailers site. How is QuickTime any different than Flash here? It's not!

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I've always used the "download" option, since that opens up the native quicktime player and allows me to watch the trailer in full screen. Is such an option available for the web player?


Only if you use Safari.
Rating: 13 Votes
19 months ago
I've always used the "download" option, since that opens up the native quicktime player and allows me to watch the trailer in full screen. Is such an option available for the web player?
Rating: 10 Votes
19 months ago

Why would anyone download and save trailers? Seems silly.


Here's some reasons:

- To watch them more than once without having to download/stream/cache* them again. Many people still have slow internet speeds and might like to prefer not to have to wait to load a trailer again when they can have a local copy that plays immediately.

- To keep in case you want to watch later and be certain you will be able to.

- Because you like having a local copy of a trailer you particularly like.

- To be economical with any bandwidth/download allowance limits you may be subject to.

- To watch via a different device, for various reasons. For example, as I said in my first post in this thread, I like to put a bunch of trailers on a flash drive or hard drive and watch them on my big-screen TV (apparently this is considered old fashioned or something now..!).

- Maybe they collect them, as a hobby.


*depends on your definition of these terms. Either way, saves having to transfer the data from them to you multiple times.
Rating: 9 Votes
19 months ago
Less options and less quality. Good.

:rolleyes:
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago
We are slowly moving towards a world where we can't download anything for our own safe keeping. It's all stream, stream, stream, and the content producers want to retain all control.

Even now, many of the videos you DO download are DRM-encumbered. Look at movies and TV shows from iTunes. All DRMed. They're never really yours since your computer needs "permission" from Apple to play them.

Whenever an app comes out that allows people to download YouTube videos, YouTube tries to get it removed. Look what happened to Microsoft's YouTube client for Windows phone.

Soon we won't be allowed to keep local copies of anything anymore. It's terrible, and sadly the number of people who mind are in the minority so this will just keep happening.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago
Theo and Eduardo?

Since when do Arsenal players send information to Mac Rumors?

Yeah stupid joke that only football fans would understand. :)
Rating: 8 Votes

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