iTunes movies, rentals launch in 42 new countries

As part of the massive iPhone 5 holiday roll-out in fifty new countries, Apple last week launched the iTunes Music Store in 56 new countries, including Russia, Turkey and South Africa. Now, early reports revealed places like India, Indonesia, Russia and Turkey got access to iTunes movies as well. Apple on its part promised in a media release that the movie store “will be available in select additional countries”. According to a new report, the company on Wednesday activated iTunes movie store in as much as 42 new countries where the music store just launched…

As is the case with other regional stores, movie selection and availability is somewhat limited and varies from region to region, reports AppleInsider.

Additional restrictions apply. For example, not all markets have access to high-def movies or rentals and many are only showing films from Disney, Sony and their subsidiaries.

The publication was able to list the newly-added countries that now have access to movies on iTunes.

Europe: Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine

Africa, the Middle East and India: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Asia Pacific: Indonesia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

Latin America and the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago

As for the iPhone 5, this coming Friday the handset will launch in Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

A week later, December 21, the device will roll out in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

If you live in any of the newly-added iTunes markets, we’d appreciate your thoughts on movie pricing and availability.

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