Amazon.com Inc. announced that it has added TV shows and movie to its download service Amazon Unbox.
The service offers DVD-quality resolution, according to the company, and has thousands of TV shows, films and other video content available for purchase and download. TV episodes are priced at $1.99 each; movies are priced between $7.99 and $14.99.
Amazon Unbox also offers a rental service where videos can be stored on a PC for 30 days, but once a user starts watching it, they have 24 hours before it expires, reported newsfactor.com.
"The biggest thing: A movie/show burned onto a DVD cannot be played on a regular DVD player-TV combo... it can only be played on the computer. That's a huge no-no right off the bat," reported PaidContent.org.
Participating movie studios in the Amazon Unbox service include 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros.
"The problem with Amazon's service is that it's very PC-centric," JupiterResearch analyst Michael Gartenberg told newsfactor.com. "That's difficult for them, because not that many people hook up their TV to their computer, and very few use portable players."