Amazon joins online TV craze

Robert Clark
02/09/2010

Online retailer Amazon has become the latest to jump on the online TV bandwagon.

 

It has been pitching its planned subscription service to major media companies including NBC Universal, Time Warner and News Corp, the Wall Street Journal reports.

 

Amazon already sells individual TV shows for Blu-ray and the Xbox 360, as well as digital movie downloads.

 

It aims to stay out of the way of the burgeoning web businesses of Hollywood and the TV networks by focusing on older or “long-tail” content, making it more of a rival to Netflix.

 

internet-connected TVs

 

Google has stolen a march on its rivals with plans for a worldwide pay-per-view service due to start by the end of the year, as it pitches the power of its search technology and YouTube.

 

As a source told the FT: ““Google and YouTube are a global phenomenon with a hell of a lot of eyeballs – more than any cable or satellite service.”

 

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