Oh. My. God. People, I’m shaking. TV shows just came to the Australian iTunes Store! I feel a vast relief wash over me as I’ve been waiting for this for some time. There’s not a big selection, but that doesn’t matter. What is important is that we’ve arrived. The catalogue will burgeon. Movies will follow, then rentals. Apple TV is now in the game.
I’m pleased to see local content like Summer Heights High (which I will buy), Sleek Geeks and We Can Be Heroes, but possibly this had to happen because it was easier to license than foreign shows. Still, it’s appropriate that we get a largish ratio of local to foreign content.
I’m pleased with the pricing too. $2.99AUS for a single episode seems all right to me, and the collected seasons are priced a little below that of the DVD equivalent. Higher quality and extra content aside, buying these shows on iTunes for a little less than DVD and not having to rip and prepare the content looks inviting. I can’t wait to watch my new iTunes TV show!
It’s not the end of DVD-ripping for me, but iTunes will now be a part of my TV-show-purchasing regimen.
What a great day!