updated 07:20 pm EDT, Mon April 24, 2006
DVDs of TV shows
Amazon.com's subsidiary, CustomFlix Labs, has signed deals with television networks including NBC Universal that could let it sell DVDs of television shows soon after they air, according to a new report. The Associated Press reports that a new agreement calls for CustomFlix to sell DVDs of archived shows with a niche audience--those such as NBC's "Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show" and "Antiques Roadshow" from PBS; however, "networks could choose to offer DVDs of television shows within 24 hours of the first airing, much like Apple's iTunes offers popular shows such as 'Lost' for sale online soon after they air." The agreement mitigates any potential risk for networks as the service creates the DVD on demand following the customer's order, thereby saving the network costly production and inventory expenses. The technology also could allow users to download or stream the shows over the Internet, although neither company had no announcements about such plans right now, according to the report.