Star Wars Episode VII cast announced, but I still can't watch the originals on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV?

Disney has just announced the cast for Star Wars Episode VII. It includes the original stars, some transplants from other beloved geek franchises, and some fresh faces. It also has a great name on the script, but thankfully not that name. It couldn't help but make me wish the new Star Wars movie was out and available on iTunes already. Then I realized none of the Star Wars movies are available on iTunes. It's 2014, why can't I watch Star Wars on my iPhone or iPad yet? First things first, here's what StarWars.com had to say:

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. [...] Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Okay, now, here's what I want to know: When will Disney give Apple the rights to sell Star Wars on iTunes? My guess is sometime before the new movie launches as a way to pull in the most money and push the most marketing clout, but I truly hope it's before that.

Yes, the Blu-ray is stunningly beautiful — though it's the special special editions and not the originals, ugh — but physical media gets damaged and isn't mobile or transportable.

The Star Wars Episode VII cast is all well and good, but the announcement I'm waiting for is the original Star Wars on iTunes!

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Star Wars Episode VII cast announced, but I still can't watch the originals on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV?

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Oh I’m not complaining. Just calling it as I see it. 
I’m sure it’ll only be a matter of time before you post “why can’t my iPhone turn on the microwave” or “why can’t my Apple TV flush my toilet?”
;)

Dude, you just complained about complaining. That's like 2 degrees lamer? :)

And yeah, I can rip, but it's technically illegal. I want to give them my money. Hopefully this increases awareness.

If this post isn't for you, please skip it and find another one you enjoy more.

Otherwise, please engage productively.

Thanks!

Ditto on the complaining about the complaining. Oy!

I'm with you: I can't believe, in this day and age, that I can't buy (I know... yet another version, AGAIN!) the Star Wars Movies! While I'm complaining about doing it, I'm still more than willing to do so! C'mon Disney! Bring it on, already!

Opps, replied to the wrong comment hehe..

Oh I’m not complaining. Just calling it as I see it. 
I’m sure it’ll only be a matter of time before you post “why can’t my iPhone turn on the microwave” or “why can’t my Apple TV flush my toilet?”
;)

Isn't a rip you make from your own purchases technically legal (glass half full), or at the very least, neither legal or illegal?

Now thats a good thought. I have the blu-rays, but the digital copies would sure make it easier to watch them in the guest room or anywhere in the house.

Lets hope they Disney-fy them soon and get them on iTunes.

Cue the whiners:

1. "George Lucas, er, J.J. Abrams has just destroyed my entire childhood."

2. "Oh man. Those guys are all so OLD now."

3. "Star Trek rulez. Star Warz droolz."

4. "Noooooooo !!!!!!"

Who says physical media’s not mobile or transportable? I distinctly remember transporting VHS tapes to my friend’s house, and having a case full of cassettes in the passenger seat of my car. That’s mobile!

I can't wait to buy the original trilogy on iTunes, but ONLY if it's a version where Han shoots first!!!!

When my daughter asks me to tell her a bedtime story, I start with a young boy named Anakin Skywalker...

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If I'm not mistaken, the decision on the first six movies isn't up to Disney. Fox distributed those films and I believe the retained the distribution rights.