Apple’s introduction of the Apple TV and iTunes movie rentals continues its global invasion, this time landing in the Land of the Rising Sun. The only question now is, will it be big in Japan?
MacRumors is reporting that the Apple TV and iTunes movie rentals (and sales) have invaded Japan at last, according to an announcement on Wednesday by Apple. The iTunes Store features more than 1,000 movies at launch, both from American studios as well as “top Japanese studios.”
“Apple today announced that movies are now available on the iTunes Store in Japan giving customers an incredible way to enjoy movies on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with the new Apple TV on their HD TV,” Cupertino’s press release stated. “Starting today, there are over 1,000 movies to rent or buy in high definition and standard definition from major international film studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and top Japanese studios including Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., Fuji TV, Kadakowa Pictures, Nikkatsu, Shochiku Company Limited and Toei Company Limited.”
As usual, iTunes Store renters have 30 days to start watching their content, and once it’s started, they’ll have 48 hours to complete it before Apple makes it go bye-bye like those cardboard cities in the old Godzilla movies.
Of course, with movie rentals and purchases in Japan comes the second-generation Apple TV, which also began shipping in the country this week. Japanese Apple fans will finally have a way to get that iTunes content onto their big screens — sans Netflix, since the streaming service is sadly not available anywhere but the U.S. and Canada for now.