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Microsoft and Apple compete over TV downloads

Written by Dave Horvath @ 06 May 2008 14:15 User comments (3)

Microsoft and Apple compete over TV downloads It appears Microsoft has chosen to compete directly with rival Apple's iTunes store by selling television shows at its own store for use with the Zune. Microsoft announced yesterday that it will initially begin offering more than 800 TV episodes for sale at Zune Marketplace and will include many popular shows currently not available on iTunes such as "The Office" and "Heroes". NBC shows cannot be purchased over iTunes because the two companies have failed to come to grips with each other over pricing.
The iTunes store which sells music, movies and TV shows digitally is the dominant force in this retail venue and even surpassed Wal-Mart stores as the top music retailer in the U.S. Last week, Apple increased its number of movie offerings for sale on iTunes. iTunes also allows users to rent movies as well.

Zune Marketplace joins a few other online stores in selling television shows such as Amazon's Unbox and SanDisk's Fanfare services. TV shows purchased at the Zune Marketplace can either be viewed on the Zune device itself, a computer or through the Xbox 360 console.

NBC has said that it isn't ruling out working with iTunes as a whole. NBC Universal president J.B> Perrette said, "We want our constant available on any storefront. We think iTunes is ultimately handicapped by not having access to our shows."

NBC currently is the only major network with its shows for sale at Zune Marketplace. Other cable network offerings include Comedy Central, MTV,, Nickelodeon and VH1. Each episode will cost you $1.99, the same as similar offerings on iTunes.

By selling TV episodes, the Zune "is now at parity with Apple," said Zune front-man Jason Reindorp. "This gives us a chance to stop chasing Apple and show how our strategy is different."

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3 user comments

17.5.2008 0:24

whaaa.. heroes =].. xbox 360.. ? =] sounds interresting... then again the box set for heroes was hd-dvd only.. meh.. i cant believe they are stopping the public from getting it in everyway possible.. no wonder its number one download on torrent sites. =\

27.5.2008 19:16

M$ again trying to take over the world !!

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition

37.5.2008 22:33

NBC Universal president J.B> Perrette said, "We want our constant available on any storefront."

I imagine the "Typo-gnomes" got to this as it was being posted. lol

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