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Amazon to offer $2.99 VOD high-definition TV shows?

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Mon March 23, 2009

Amazon to offer VOD HD

Amazon may be readying the launch of an HD video download service of popular TV shows via its Video On Demand (VOD) service, according to built web pages that are not yet available to the public. While nothing is official, Google search bots have indexed the pages that offer the content, which show each episode will cost $2.99 to download and keep. Another cached page reveals users will be able to purchase HD TV Passes, making watching a TV show's entire season less costly than paying for each individual episode. This 'bulk discount' will include all past and future episodes of a TV show in HD, although users will have to endure a short though unspecified wait after each episode airs on TV before they can be downloaded via Amazon.

The links in the cached pages only lead back to Amazon's main Video On Demand home page, without any readily accessible links to the actual HD content rentals and downloads and it's anyone's guess as to when the service will actually launch.

Apple last week launched its own HD movie and TV show rental and purchase service for iTunes, though it is a little costlier and has individual episodes priced at nearly $4. [via BGR]

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Only if these downloads are in standard format without any DRM could they possibly be worth $3 a pop.

    Without that, it's not really a permanent ownership, comparable more to a recording on a DVR, especially unattractive when we consider that you could only get 15-20 episodes per month before you're paying more than HD cable and a DVR.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: DRM

    Of course it has DRM. You really think they were just going to post DRM-free videos?

    And isn't this just the same as the iTMS TV shows, except they use the term "video on demand" rather than "download"?

    And I thought HD TV shows on iTMS were $2.99, not $4 as the article states.

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