Apple unveils movie downloadsNew gagdet will let you watch them on your TV

13 September 2006

iTV

Apple's iTV box will be launched next year

Computer giant has unveiled a new film download service alongside a device which will allow you to watch the movies on your TV.

You'll be able to download music, films, TV programmes and videos from Apple's iTunes website and the device will transmit them to your TV.

The box – codenamed iTV – is set to be launched next year and will cost around £160.

Apple chief Steve Jobs said: ‘We think it completes the picture here. Now I can download content from iTunes and enjoy it on my computer and iPod and the big screen TV in my living room.’

Quality near DVD

Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films have already signed up to Apple’s film download service. It will be initially only available in the US although an international launch is expected later next year.

iTunes users will be able to download blockbusters of ‘near DVD quality’ for about £7 on the day of their DVD release.

Movies will take about 30 minutes to download for those with at least a 5MB broadband connection.

Upgraded iPod

Apple has also announced an upgraded ‘fifth generation’ iPod available in a 30GB model for £189 and an 80GB model - which holds up to 20,000 songs or 100 hours of video - for £259.

The computer giant has also introduced a smaller and thinner Nano and a redesigned iPod Shuffle.

The new Shuffle is less than a third of the size of a credit card and weighs just half an ounce (about 14g). It can hold up to 240 songs and will be available from next month.

New Shuffle and Nano

The second generation Nano has an aluminium body. Steve Jobs said the machine had been completely redesigned.

He added: ‘The all-new iPod Nano gives music fans more of what they love in their iPods—twice the storage capacity at the same price, an incredible 24 hour battery life and a gorgeous aluminium design in five brilliant colours.’

Prices for the new Nano range from £99, £129 and £169 for the 2GB, 4GB and 8GB models.

Which? will be testing the new Nano and Shuffle  in our regular MP3 player tests as soon as they're available in the UK.

Which? iPod expert Sandie Mattioli said: 'Movie downloading is a market that several players are interested in, with Amazon already launching a competing service in the US.

'It will be interesting to see if Apple comes out on top as it has with music downloads.'