NBC Dumps iTunes to Ink Amazon TV Deal

Programs will now be available on Unbox
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2007 4:09 AM CDT
From left, stars of U.S. TV series "Heroes", Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter, Masi Oka and Sendhil Ramamurthy pose at a news conference to promote their TV series "Heroes" as a part of world tour in Hong Kong...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – NBC announced yesterday that its shows will be available for downloading on Amazon after a disagreement over pricing led to the collapse of a deal with iTunes. Apple accused NBC of wanting to double its prices, but the network insisted it simply sought more flexibility. Shows will be available on Amazon Unbox the day after they air, but there's no word yet on pricing.

Customers will be able to buy shows like "The Office," "Heroes," "30 Rock" and "Law and Order." But unlike iTunes, which is compatible with both Macs and PCs, Amazon Unbox currently only supports PCs running Windows XP. Amazon also tends to charge more for new releases than for older ones, while iTunes charges a flat $1.99 for all shows.