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Amazon in Talks for Movie and TV Downloads

Reuters News Wire (
Fri, 10 Mar 2006 12:06:49 -0600

Online retailer Inc is holding talks with three Hollywood
studios on creating a service to allow consumers to download movies
and television programs and copy them onto DVDs, the New York Times
reported on Friday.

Citing three people briefed on the discussions, the Times said Amazon
is in advanced negotiations with Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios
and Warner Brothers. The report did not give a timetable or estimate
cost of such a service.

Such a fee-based service could compete with new video download options
available at Apple Computer Inc.'s popular iTunes digital download

In February, sources familiar with the matter confirmed that Amazon is
in talks with four major music labels on starting a digital music

Warner Brothers is part of Time Warner Inc., Universal Studios is
owned by General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal and Paramount is part of
Viacom Inc..

Amazon officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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