January 15, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
While we’re on the subject of online video rentals today, here’s a new wrinkle Apple is tossing out at Macworld: HD rentals you can enjoy from your Apple TV.
Word from Macworld is that a $229 Apple TV will begin shipping in a couple of weeks, with more than 100 HD titles ready to be rented. Cost will be $4.99 for new releases and $3.99 for library titles.
Once you choose a movie, you’ll have 30 days to watch it, but once you press play, Apple notes, you need to finish watching within 24 hours.
High-def films will be available in 720p, and may include 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. We say may, because as one observant commenter noted, there’s a little footnote that clarifies that it’s not available with all HD rentals. DTS 5.1 then??
If you already own Apple TV, you’ll be able to download a firmware update to have the HD capabilities.
Via: Engadget HD
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.