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HD Movie Downloads: Where to Get Them Legally

written by: KateG•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 7/27/2009

If you want to watch HD movies without leaving your home, and do it legally, then this article can help you find them.

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    Going to a video store can be a pain. Investing in a Blu-Ray player is still probably expensive for the average family. Does that mean that you have to be left out of the fun of watching HD movies. Heck, No! You are just going to have to go about getting your HD movies a different way. That way is with your computer.

    There are a few places where you can download HD movies legally. You will even have the option between renting or buying on some films. That way you can enjoy a film without having to pay the full purchase piece in order to see it. Great news if you are taking a chance on a new film or if you are low on disposable income at the moment. Today we are going to look at some of the legal options with the biggest libraries.

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    iTunes

    The iTunes software is available for both Windows and Macintosh computers. The iTunes store offers a selection of HD films to buy and to rent as well as a library of non HD films. You will be able to tell a high definition film from a non-HD by looking for the HD logo by the download button. Be aware that rented movies will show up in a separate category from movies that you buy out right.

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    Amazon Downloads

    Amazon is another legal choice for HD downloads of films. They are primarily an HD-to-buy venue, but there are also options that will allow you to rent. You can watch the movies online, but you may have to update your Flash player in order to do so.

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    Will I Need to Set Up an Account?

    Yes, with both iTunes and Amazon you are going to have to sign up for an account. Both of these have relatively basic sign up procedures.

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    It's Never Free

    How will I Pay?

    On either the iTunes or the Amazon account you can pay with a credit or debit card. If you choose not to pay with a credit card then you can use a prepaid card on iTunes, known simply as an iTunes card, in order to pay for the movie.

    How much will a download cost me?

    The cost of a movie will vary depending on a lot of factors. The most notable factor will be the age of the film involved.

    Happy Downloading!