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Some Disney and Pixar Movies Have Reportedly Been Pulled From the iTunes Store, Deleted from Apple TVs

Some Disney and Pixar Movies Have Reportedly Been Pulled From the iTunes Store, Deleted from Apple TVs

Some Disney and Pixar movies have apparently been pulled from the iTunes Store in the US and UK. At least one report sees an Apple TV user having purchased movies removed from his device without a refund.



Two movies disappeared from my Apple TV yesterday (Mater’s Tall Tales and The Lion King). I called Apple and they told me that Disney has removed them from the iTunes store. They are no longer available for viewing on my Apple TV. There was no warning, no notice and no refund. According to Apple, all digital content belongs to the content provider.

While both movies show up on the web, clicking the “View in iTunes” button brings up a message as seen in the screenshot above.

While it seems unlikely that Disney would pull content from Apple’s iTunes Store, given the close relationship between the two companies, neither company has commented on the situation.

(UPDATE – 10-24-13) – It appears the issue could be over licensing, as a search over on Amazon.com for these titles returns a notice that they are unavailable “due to our licensing agreements.”

A Disney spokesperson did tell AppAdvice that Disney plans to work with Apple to ensure that users who previously purchased The Lion King and other removed content will be able to continue to download their purchases.

  1. Huntsman1230 says:

    Wow, I downloaded The Little Mermaid AND The Lion King to my new media PC I built last night. The Lion King is no longer available to download but I fortunately downloaded it at the last possible moment.

    From iTunes terms and conditions: Some iTunes Eligible Content that you previously purchased may not be available for subsequent download at any given time, and Apple shall have no liability to you in such event. As you may not be able to subsequently download certain previously-purchased iTunes Eligible Content, once you download an item of iTunes Eligible Content, it is your responsibility not to lose, destroy, or damage it, and you may want to back it up.

    Wow. Some people will be pissed. I got lucky. This is why I appreciate digital copies as a “bonus” with the bluray/DVD and why I will never purchase a digital copy alone.

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