Amazon.com starts video download service (before Apple)

Amazon.com launched a digital video downloading service Thursday, ending months of speculation that the Internet retailer would be getting into the online TV and movie business.
Source: BusinessWeek

The service, dubbed Amazon Unbox, (how original) has been launched just days before the Sept. 12 Apple "It's Showtime" event where the entire planet Earth thinks Apple will release a true video iPod and their own video download service.

TV shows will cost $1.99 per episode, and most movies will go for $7.99 to $14.99; movies can also be rented for $3.99.
The Amazon service will allow viewing on two devices, and be crippled for Mac users as it uses Windows Media Player, which implies (of course) WMP DRM.

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