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Amazon Adds HD On-Demand Video


Amazon Adds HD On-Demand Video

Amazon's video on demand service being US-exclusive was annoying enough, but now that high definition content is being added it's become practically insulting. Some 500 HD TV shows and films are being added to the 40,000 or so titles already available from Amazon-on-Demand.

TV shows are priced at $2.99 per HD episode with films slightly more expensive at between $3.99 and $4.99 a go. TV shows can be accessed either online, to download to PCs and Macs, or via a number of compatible set-top boxes and TVs. Films are available only through HD Amazon on Demand compatible devices.

Those include set-top boxes from TiVo and Roku, the latter costing only $99, making it a pretty decent entry level product. Sony and Panasonic are providing access to Amazon's video library via Sony Bravia Internet Video Link and Panasonic Viera Cast respectively.

All we need now if for Amazon to do the decent thing and secure distribution seals in the UK, too.




April 22, 2009, 8:24 pm

As a UKcentric site, it is a rather misleading headline, couldn't you have written Amazon US so as not to get the hopes of people up in the UK and the rest of the world?

It is bad enough for US websites making the assumption that Internet=US without British sites joining in.


April 22, 2009, 10:20 pm

Logo does say Amazon.com :)


April 22, 2009, 11:18 pm

You'd think that the TV & film producers would learn lessons from the music industry: make legal downloads quick, easy & cost-effective, and people will use it. Holding out on the UK and other markets just encourages people to go down the illegal bittorent route.

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