Movies finally hit UK and Canadian iTunes Stores

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Apple announced today thta movies from several major film studios are available now for sale or rent in the iTunes store in the UK and Canada.

The studios participating include 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Sony Pictures Television International and Lionsgate UK.

Apple is launching with 700 films with titles being releases same day as their DVD release. Including hits like “Hitman”, “I Am Legend”, and “National Treasure 2”. Over 100 titles will be available in HD for viewing on AppleTV in the UK. Canada is said to be getting 200 HD films, and over 1,200 titles with the addition of Canadian film house Maple Pictures.

“We’re kicking off movies on the iTunes Store in the UK with over 700 films for purchase and rent,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. “We think customers in the UK are going to love being able to enjoy their favorite movies on their iPod, iPhone or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.

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  1. I rented a movie to test the service in Canada and had a couple of issues:

    1-I could not sync the movie to my iPhone despite the fact that I had plenty of space on my iPhone. I got an eror message 5103.

    2-Once I played the movie to the end I could not play it again despite the fact that I still had plenty of time left on my rental. Error message 5103 again.

    I checked the foruns and there are some comments regarding this message being associated with time and date not being configured properly on your machine but I checked my system and time and date are configured properly.

    Any clues?

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