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Amazon Readying HD TV Episodes on Demand
Amazon's Video On Demand service appears to be preparing to roll out $2.99 individual high-definition TV episodes and season passes.
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Amazon is apparently preparing to sell HD television shows on demand
March 24, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

Amazon has stood out as a very viable alternative to Apple in the digital download domain. Its MP3 store fares favorably in variety and pricing, and now it looks like the online retailer will be bumping up its Video On Demand (VOD) service to better compete with iTunes as well.

Several reports have discovered Amazon VOD listings for television episodes that include a high-definition version of particular shows going for $2.99 (standard-def episodes cost $1.99).

If the pricing sounds familiar, that’s because it mimics what Apple does for its iTunes TV episodes (and speaking of HD, the company recently added HD movie purchases through iTunes too).

Last year, Apple said it had sold more than one million HD episodes alone in the first month of offering them, which started last September—pretty remarkable in an age of DVR.

Of course, those with the biggest selling DVR—the ubiquitous TiVo recorder—will be able to watch downloaded Amazon episodes right from their TV and TiVo boxes, and it’s been reported that TiVo has readied HD content listings from Amazon on that end as well.

Will be awaiting an official launch soon, so it seems, from Amazon. So do you buy HD TV shows from Apple? Will you buy from Amazon? If so, what are the reasons—convenience, selection, lack of DVR ownership ... let us know in comments below.

Via: Ars Technica

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for and Electronic House magazine.

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