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October 15, 2020

Movie delivery schedule for 2020 and January 2021. 

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September 8, 2020

Updates for film metadata ticketing including email notifications and tracking.

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August 13, 2020

New delivery method for CBFC certificate in India and Dolby Vision CM 4.0 sidecar metadata files support.

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July 2, 2020

In a set of European countries and Colombia, there are new requirements for documenting country of origin, production country, or original spoken locale in iTunes and Apple TV Channels video content.

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May 22, 2020

Learn about recent enhancements in iTunes Connect to help you manage your movie content.

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March 3, 2020

Learn about updates to iTunes Connect that help you manage your movie content.

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October 16, 2019

A new version of Compressor is available with in-place audio retagging

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October 15, 2019

Transporter app has been updated to 1.1 and now is available for free exclusively through the Mac App Store 

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October 4, 2019

Transporter 2.0 is available for download in iTunes Connect and includes the following improvements.

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October 2, 2019

If you plan on releasing movies on the iTunes Store in December 2019 or January 2020, check the following movie delivery deadlines.

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May 16, 2019

We have the following updates for your movie content: iTunes Package Film Specification 5.3 Poster Art Locale and new Artwork Specifications.

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May 9, 2019

iTunes Connect updates announced in April, including digital-only release date and batch spreadsheet 4K/HDR options.

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February 21, 2019

We have the following updates for your movie content: iTunes Package Film Specification 5.2.23 Poster Art Locale in iTunes Connect Closed Captions Locale Reminder

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January 31, 2019

As of February 1, 2019, all payments into bank accounts in New Zealand and Australia will be wire transfers.

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January 7, 2019

New territories now available for iTunes Extras

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January 7, 2019

Closed caption locales required as of April 1, 2019. 

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December 12, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, the portion of the agreement(s) that covers distribution of your music or video content into Canada will be assigned from Apple Inc., a United States entity, to Apple Canada Inc., a Canadian entity. Apple may require you to provide additional tax information in order to minimize any impact or disruption

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November 28, 2018

Improvements to Agreements, Tax, and Banking in iTunes Connect.

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November 5, 2018

As a reminder, we’re adjusting our deadlines for movie deliveries to prepare for the holiday season. If you plan on releasing movies on the iTunes Store in December 2018 or January 2019, check our updated movie delivery deadlines. 

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October 11, 2018

To prepare for the holiday season, we’re adjusting our deadlines for movie deliveries. If you plan on releasing movies on the iTunes Store in December 2018 or January 2019, check our updated movie delivery deadlines. 

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October 4, 2018

See localized cast and crew in iTunes Connect, add a Phonetic Title for Japan in iTunes Connect, and deliver a Dolby Atmos audio source with iTunes Extras. 

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September 14, 2018

Movie news and updates include Dolby Atmos delivery support, MSR changes for features and previews, updated support for 5.1 audio, required phonetic titles for Japan, and Transporter 1.12. 

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August 3, 2018

Starting September 10, 2018, movie deliveries for Austria will be required to have audio or subtitles in one of the following locales: de, de-DE, de-LU, de-AT, de-LI, de-BE, or de-IT.

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July 13, 2018

We have the following updates for your movie content: iTunes Package Film Specification 5.2.20, iTunes Extras Package Specification 5.2.8, iTunes multiple language support update, 4K availability in iTunes Connect, film pricing catalog report update, Brazil ratings reminder, Minimum Storefront Requirements reminder.  

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June 26, 2018

Starting September 10, 2018, movie deliveries for Austria will be required to have audio or subtitles in one of the following locales: de, de-DE, de-LU, de-AT, de-LI, de-BE, or de-IT.

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April 4, 2018

The iTunes Package Film Specifiction has been updated to include new tags for 4K and HDR. You can also now specify a frame to use for the production still image that will be displayed on the product page for a movie. 

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March 21, 2018

You can now download one financial report that shows all currencies in which your movies or TV shows are sold, starting with financial data from February 2018.

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March 1, 2018

Version 5.2.19 of the iTunes Package Film Specification contains updates on HDR and 4K video availability and production still images.

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March 1, 2018

The Parallax Exporter plug-in for Photoshop now includes support for Photoshop CC 2018 and exporting layered images using the Display P3 color space for Apple TV 4K.

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March 1, 2018

In order to ensure compliance with legal ratings in Brazil, we will no longer be supporting the rating of ER (L) as of August 1, 2018.

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March 1, 2018

Support has been added for alternative audio and subtitles for five Indian languages.

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March 1, 2018

Version 5.2.18 of the iTunes Package Film Specification contains updates on HDR and 4K previews, as well as minimum storefront requirements.

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February 6, 2018

Starting March 1, 2018, movie deliveries to some countries must include specific audio or subtitle components within the feature and trailer.

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February 6, 2018

The iTunes Film Rating Codes Version 12 has been updated with new ratings for Ukraine, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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January 4, 2018

Starting March 1, 2018, supported Ukraine ratings and minimum storefront requirements will change. Make sure your movie content is updated.

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October 18, 2017

Starting March 1, 2018, movie deliveries to certain countries must include a specific language in at least one of the corresponding audio or subtitle components within the feature and trailer.

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October 18, 2017

You can now deliver HDR video, 4K video, and use previously delivered video sources as audio files.

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October 12, 2017

In order to ensure compliance with legal ratings in Ukraine, we will no longer support ratings ДА, ЗА, and 14 as of March 1, 2018.

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October 5, 2017

To prepare for the holiday season, we’re adjusting our deadlines for movie deliveries. If you plan on releasing movies on the iTunes Store in December 2017 or January 2018, check our updated movie delivery deadlines.

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September 22, 2017

Version 5.2.16 of the iTunes Package Film Specification includes ISAN updates, Japanese phonetic titles, Japanese timed text, preview images, and audio descriptions in iTunes Connect.

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August 16, 2017

If you deliver content from behind a firewall, you may need to add or modify firewall rules to allow outbound and return connections for the IP addresses and ports.

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July 27, 2017

Starting August 10, 2017, you will no longer be able to sign in to Reporter with your Apple ID password or app-specific passwords. To continue using Reporter, generate a unique access token.

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July 13, 2017

Due to a recent change in policy by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, ISAN values are now only required for some movies sold in Switzerland.

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July 12, 2017

We've updated the iTunes Package Film Specification and the iTunes Video and Audio Asset Guide with new features.

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June 28, 2017

You can now access Reporter by generating a unique access token instead of using your Apple ID password.

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June 15, 2017

The iTunes Package Film Specification 5.2.14 now offers support for Japanese timed text subtitles and cue sheets.

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June 15, 2017

You can now use our batch update feature to update rights and pricing across multiple movies on your account.

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April 6, 2017

Starting at 7:00 a.m., some services will be unavailable for up to eight hours.

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February 28, 2017

We are updating our minimum art requirements for movie poster art and banner customizations. You must meet these requirements by August 1, 2017.

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February 16, 2017

We’ve updated the iTunes Package Film Specification to make it easier to manage your movies on the iTunes Store.

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February 1, 2017

We’ve redesigned Contact Us for TV, Movie, and Music partners to make getting in touch with iTunes Connect support easier than ever.

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January 6, 2017

We've made updates to the Quality Control Actions Status Bar, Film Pricing Catalog Report, Multiple Language Support Guidelines, and created new art videos.

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November 10, 2016

If you plan on releasing movies on the iTunes Store in November and December 2016, and January 2017, check the following delivery deadlines.

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November 7, 2016

After December 6, 2016, you will no longer be able to use the Autoingestion tool to download your Sales and Trends reports or your Payments and Financial reports.

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October 27, 2016

To prepare for the winter season, we're adjusting our deadlines for movie deliveries.

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September 15, 2016

To support the goods and service tax New Zealand is introducing on October 1, 2016, we have updated the wholesale price list in the Australia/New Zealand movie agreement.

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September 14, 2016

The iTunes Extras Package Specification has been updated to support video as a background item on Apple TV and EIDR values.

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August 10, 2016

Download your Sales and Trends reports and your Payments and Financial reports using Reporter, a command-line tool introduced last fall. We recommend switching to Reporter, as the Autoingestion tool will no longer be available at the end of November 2016.

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August 3, 2016

iTunes now supports Audio Description files for all currently supported languages.

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June 23, 2016

We've updated the iTunes Package Film Specification to make it easier to manage your movies on the iTunes Store. Version 5.2.11 includes enhancements and updates to preview and chapter art images, support for EIDR, and QC code revisions.

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April 13, 2016

An Audio Description (AD) file allows visually-impaired customers to follow the film with audio that describes the plot and what is being displayed visually on the screen. These can now be delivered as a role for the full asset.

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April 13, 2016

We’ve added new ratings to help categorize movies for children under 12 years of age. Starting May 23, 2016, we will not longer be supporting ratings 7, 11, and “Kun registert” for Norway.

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April 8, 2016

We’re changing the way we process sales data for Asia-Pacific countries and regions to help you get your data sooner. Now, transactions made in the countries and regions listed will be available the next day, as opposed to two days.

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March 24, 2016

iTunes package film specification has been updated with new requirements for localized synopsis and title, component previews clarification, and minimum storefront requirements. Refer to the Movies User and Style guides for instructions.

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March 24, 2016

You can now update your movie's price tiers across multiple territories at once. See the updated Movies User Guide for information on how to download the template and to find instructions on making batch updates.

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March 24, 2016

To comply with legal requirements in the following countries, we will no longer be supporting ratings A, D, and R for Indonesia, and 7, 11, and Kun registert for Norway. Make sure to update current titles with these ratings.

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March 15, 2016

The new video copy feature allows you to reuse source files already sent with the core feature film, as part of your Extras package. The iTunes Extras Best Practices guide details the process of creating Extras, and outlines best practices in delivering them to iTunes.

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February 25, 2016

Payments and Financial Reports on iTunes Connect has been redesigned to make it easier to view and download your monthly financial data. We’ve consolidated all the data to a single page, and you can now download several financial reports at once.

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January 21, 2016

Starting at the end of February 2016, we will add minimum language requirements for new previews. These requirements match our existing minimum storefront requirements for movies.

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December 16, 2015

iTunes now supports layered images (LSR) through Transporter delivery.

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November 12, 2015

You can now exclude assets from particular territories by adding the end date to the territory_exclusion tag. Also, film previews can now be defined by clipping a continuous segment of a film's video and audio.

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November 11, 2015

You can now use two-step verification or two-factor authentication with your Apple ID on iTunes Connect. Take advantage of these security features to prevent anyone from accessing or using your Apple ID, even if they know your password.

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November 6, 2015

To prepare for the winter season, we’re adjusting our deadlines for movie deliveries. If you plan on releasing new movies on the iTunes Store in November and December 2015, and January 2016, check the following delivery deadlines.

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October 6, 2015

You can now create poster art that takes advantage of the Apple TV’s interactive layered effect. In addition to the new LSR files for Apple TV, we’re also updating the dimensions for JPG and PNG. To acclimate yourself to these changes check out the updated asset and style guides.

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August 26, 2015

We've completely redesigned Resources and Help. Now, it’s even easier to find answers to your questions and stay up-to-date. Search for answers across all of our online guides, FAQ, news, and video tutorials.

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