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Amazon introduces download service, pips Apple

September 8th, 2006 · No Comments

In a move widely anticipated by the industry, Amazon.com has launched its own movie download service, called Unbox. The service has content from most of the major movie and TV studios, including Warner, Sony, Paramount, Fox, MGM and Universal. Disney has not joined in, opting instead to sell its content through Apple’s rival movie download service which is to be announced next week.
To play back the files, users must first download Amazon’s Unbox player, which then allows them to purchase downloads. DRM prohibits the files being burnt disc.
(Apple will apparently sidestep this issue by announcing a new product which connects directly to a TV to allow movie streaming from PC).
TV downloads (which include Buffy the vampire slayer and the original Star Trek series) are priced at 1.99 dollars, with most new movies pegged at 15 bucks The service is currently restricted to US residents.

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