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.