updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu October 16, 2008
iTunes HD for four majors
Apple has announced that all four of the major basic-cable TV networks -- ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC -- are now selling shows at the iTunes Store. During the initial launch of HD programming on iTunes, most content was limited to NBC. ABC material in HD now includes the likes of Lost, Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives; CBS shows include various versions of CSI, plus NCIS and Numb3rs.
Fox shows in HD include Bones, House and Prison Break. iTunes is also carrying programming from related networks, such as Eureka and Battlestar Galactica on the Sci-Fi Channel, and Monk and Psych on the USA Network.
HD shows are priced at $2.99, versus the standard-definition cost of $1.99. Most of iTunes' TV content falls into the latter category, as there are over 70 networks represented on the site. HD shows are also available exclusively within the US, despite American shows being syndicated in regions such as Canada and the United Kingdom.