In a long awaited move (at least by me), it appears that Apple will begin to allow downloads of movies and tv shows through the iPhone. This revelation, (again at least to me) comes by way of an advertisement in the new ad supported version of the app Twitterfon released on 5/15/09. Three ads, stumbled upon by a geeky friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of the powerful arms of the Apple legal department, scrolling across the top of the app were for ‘iTunes Movies’, ‘iTunes TV’ and ‘iTunes Movie Rentals’.
While the titles of soon to be available movies and TV shows were listed and directories broken down by genre are active...
the links to the actual movies turned up a message of "The item you’ve requested is not available." YET!
Upon even closer examination, if we look at the time line of the pictures from this morning it appears the pages in question are under construction as we speak. Notice, the navigation bar at the top of the page at 12:28 PM ET.
This navigation bar wasn’t there at 10:55 AM ET and 12:07 PM ET. (The Apple guys are out in Cupertino, CA. No worries, they aren’t working through lunch.)
GO APPLE GO!
I say long awaited because you have been able to download video podcasts via your iPhone from the iTunes store for as long as I’ve had my iPhone. These include the hour long video ‘podcasts’ of television shows such as Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and the like. I was never sure where the distinction was drawn between an hour long video podcast and an hour long TV show, and apparently at this point neither does Apple. Thanks guys!