Amazon trumps Apple in delivering video download store
Reuters is reporting that Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN – news) on Thursday unveiled a widely anticipated Internet service offering movies and TV shows that can be downloaded to personal computers, moving it into a nascent and higher-margin business. }
The service, called Amazon Unbox, will offer thousands of titles from six Hollywood studios, including 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., and TV networks such as CBS and Fox and cable channels Comedy Central and E! Entertainment, Amazon said.
You can either buy the shows outright or just rent them in WMV format for watching on your computer or a portable device. You have to use the Amazon Unbox software to watch movies, and you can’t burn it to DVD so you can watch it on your TV.
Amazon’s digital download service launch comes ahead of an expected announcement by Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL – news) on Tuesday that it would sell feature-length films on its iTunes service, which already sells TV shows from major networks.