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Amazon readies ad-free video service

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Mon July 24, 2006

Amazon preps video service

Amazon is preparing the launch of its ad-free video download service in mid-August with a subscription service, as well as individually priced movies and TV shows. The move would pit the e-tailer against Apple's iTunes Music Store, which currently sells video shorts and TV shows online with fixed-rate pricing. Amazon's new service will require users to install software to purchase videos on-demand or rent video via a subscription plan, according to AdAge.com. Executives at various TV networks said they have been working with Amazon, and hope to be participants when the service launches. ABC -- which was an early adopter of Apple's iTunes Music Store distributing TV shows digitally online -- however, is absent from that movement. An executive familiar with ABC's digital-distribution strategy noted that the network is "not close to any type of deal with them," according to the report.




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  1. JacquesDav

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmmmmm...

    "ABC -- which was an early adopter of Apple's iTunes Music Store distributing TV shows digitally online -- however, is absent from that movement. An executive familiar with ABC's digital-distribution strategy noted that the network is "not close to any type of deal with them," according to the report."

    And Disney just bought Pixar, which was negotiated by, among others, Apple CEO Steve Jobs. And Apple runs iTunes. Pre-nup arrangement anyone?

    Jacques

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    My bet this is PC only se

    My bet that this is a PC only service and Mac users are excluded. The reason I say this is because they mention you have to install software before you can actually use this service. So who cares if they have this service. I'll wait to see what Steve Jobs gives us as I'm sure it will be a much better package that actually works with Macs and PC's.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: hmmmm

    And Disney just bought Pixar, which was negotiated by, among others, Apple CEO Steve Jobs. And Apple runs iTunes. Pre-nup arrangement anyone?

    And such agreements would certainly be cause of investor lawsuits. Why should ABC/Disney limit its profit potential by dealing with just one supplier, when Pixar and Disney are supposedly separate entities from Apple?

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