It appears that Apple has begun quietly phasing out its trailer download options from the trailers.apple.com website, effectively eliminating 1080p trailer availability.

Previously, the site gave users the ability to stream trailers in 480p or 720p, along with providing download options for 480p, 720p, and 1080p. Trailers uploaded to the site after an approximate date of May 22 no longer have any download options and can only be streamed in-browser at 480p or 720p.

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Trailer options before 5/22

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Trailer options after 5/22

While trailers uploaded before May 22 can still be downloaded, Apple appears to be removing the option from movies with multiple trailers that have a trailer uploaded after that date. For example, Disney Pixar’s Monsters University has trailers that were uploaded on the following dates: 6/20/12, 3/08/13, 5/20/13, and 5/22/13. None of these trailers have download options.

Disney’s Planes, on the other hand, has trailers that were uploaded on the following dates: 3/15/13, 04/04/13, and 5/17/13. Each of these trailers can still be downloaded at all resolutions, including 1080p.

So, while older trailers can still be downloaded from the site, Apple appears to be removing downloads from older trailers as newer trailers are added, slowly phasing out the availability of trailer downloads altogether.

It is not clear at this point why Apple has begun phasing out movie trailer downloads, but we have contacted the company for more information.

(Thanks Eduardo and Theo!)

Well that certainly sucks and is rather baffling. I’ve often downloaded movie trailers at 1080p, and stuck a load on a flash drive or hard drive to watch on my TV. I guess they don’t want people like me to go to their trailer site anymore.

People use this?? :confused:

Well that certainly sucks and is rather baffling. I’ve often downloaded movie trailers at 1080p, and stuck a load on a flash drive or hard drive to watch on my TV. I guess they don’t want people like me to go to their trailer site anymore.
Theo and Eduardo?

Since when do Arsenal players send information to Mac Rumors?

Yeah stupid joke that only football fans would understand. :)

Perhaps it’s time Apple phased out Quicktime? My experience of streaming Quicktime video has never been good in my experience, while Netflix, Youtube and iPlayer all deliver reliable 720p streaming over a comparable connection.

I have NO idea why they aren’t using HTML5 on their trailers site. How is QuickTime any different than Flash here? It’s not!

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I’ve always used the “download” option, since that opens up the native quicktime player and allows me to watch the trailer in full screen. Is such an option available for the web player?

Only if you use Safari.

Can’t believe this. Apple was the last official site out there providing high-quality, 1080p encodes. Truly don’t understand why they’d stop. As a huge movie fan, it sucks that 1080p trailers have just become an “endangered species,” so to speak. They’ll definitely be more scarce, and we’ll only be able to get them from third-party sites like HD-Trailers now. Wasn’t technology like this supposed to be moving the other way?

People use this?? :confused:

No. People don’t use this. Only cute kittens do. :rolleyes:

We are slowly moving towards a world where we can’t download anything for our own safe keeping. It’s all stream, stream, stream, and the content producers want to retain all control.

Even now, many of the videos you DO download are DRM-encumbered. Look at movies and TV shows from iTunes. All DRMed. They’re never really yours since your computer needs “permission” from Apple to play them.

Whenever an app comes out that allows people to download YouTube videos, YouTube tries to get it removed. Look what happened to Microsoft’s YouTube client for Windows phone.

Soon we won’t be allowed to keep local copies of anything anymore. It’s terrible, and sadly the number of people who mind are in the minority so this will just keep happening.

Push high res screens then cut high res media from your sites…

I can see the future, and it’s very pixelated.

I’ve always used the “download” option, since that opens up the native quicktime player and allows me to watch the trailer in full screen. Is such an option available for the web player?

We are slowly moving towards a world where we can’t download anything for our own safe keeping. It’s all stream, stream, stream, and the content producers want to retain all control.

Even now, many of the videos you DO download are DRM-encumbered. Look at movies and TV shows from iTunes. All DRMed. They’re never really yours since your computer needs “permission” from Apple to play them.

Whenever an app comes out that allows people to download YouTube videos, YouTube tries to get it removed. Look what happened to Microsoft’s YouTube client for Windows phone.

Soon we won’t be allowed to keep local copies of anything anymore. It’s terrible, and sadly the number of people who mind are in the minority so this will just keep happening.

Agree 100%. Believe me, you’re not in the minority. As much as I hate to admit it, I was one of the many who pushed for the move away from physical discs. Mainly due to the horrible environmental impact from DVD’s and packaged media. However, this has allowed companies greater control over how we use the media we purchase. It wasn’t long ago that most people made mixed tapes for friends, burned CD’s, all legal at the time and with little to no impact on record sales as companies still raked it in. Then came the digital age around the turn of the century, and things began to change.