Apple serves up high-def treats

As high-def blog HDTV first reported, Apple has added a bevy of high definition movie trailers and TV shows for download. Alongside Apple's tradition

As high-def blog HDTV first reported, Apple has added a bevy of high definition movie trailers and TV shows for download.

Alongside Apple's traditional gallery of standard film previews, you can now find more than twenty high-def trailers plus several BBC wildlife clips, science footage and music videos.

We had a look at the 1080p - that's the highest of high-def standards - version of V for Vendetta, pictured. The 156MB file took approximately 10 minutes to download over a 2 meg ADSL broadband connection.

It was worth the wait. The quality was breathtaking, although even our Elonex Artisan Media Center - which meets Apple's recommended hardware - suffered some jittering while trying to process it. If you're on a G5 Mac or a P4-packing Windows machine from the past two years you should be fine.

Apple's new arrivals take it one step ahead of high-def showcases from competing video formats by Microsoft (here) and DivX (over here). Apple's site can be found here.

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