TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Amazon Considering Downloads

Amazon Considering Downloads

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 10 Mar 2006 08:43:19 -0500

The New York Times
March 10, 2006 is in talks with three Hollywood studios about starting a
service that would allow consumers to download movies and TV shows for
a fee and burn them onto DVD's, according to three people briefed on
the discussions.

If the advanced negotiations are successfully concluded, Amazon's
service would position itself in the media world alongside rivals
like Apple Computer's iTunes as a place where people go not just to
order goods to be sent by mail, but to instantly enjoy digital wares
as well.

So far, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Warner Brothers are
engaged in the talks, said one person close to the talks who, like
the others, asked not to be identified because the negotiations are

Although it is not clear when it might begin, an Amazon downloading
service would be sure to send waves through both the media and retail
worlds. Players in both industries are racing to offer new ways to
give technology-savvy audiences instant access to their favorite
shows and songs, in a field crowded with potential rivals using
Internet and on-demand technologies.


[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: See the entire report on this from
Reuters elsewhere in this issue of the Digest. PAT]

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