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Amazon offers TV and films online September 10, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Internet, Movies.

Online shopping giant Amazon.com has launched a digital TV and film download service in the US called Amazon Unbox. Backed by top Hollywood studios and TV channels, including Warner Brothers and CBS, Amazon Unbox will offer programmes and films direct to users’ computers.

Amazon’s move into the online media business reflects huge growth in the demand for digital entertainment.

Computer and iPod firm Apple is widely expected to unveil a similar service on 12 September at a launch in the US.

Amazon’s new download service is currently only available in the US, and offers TV shows for $1.99 (£1.06) per episode and movies for between $3.99 and $14.99.

Amazon Unbox should work on any personal computer that runs the Windows XP operating system and has broadband internet access.

Viewers can begin watching a film while it is still being downloaded, giving users almost instant access to the media content.

The ultimate objective is to extend Amazon Unbox to TV screens and small portable devices according to one of the participating studios, Sony Pictures.

Amazon hopes that digital entertainment will prove to be a lucrative new market as its established online shopping service faces intense competition.

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