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Major broadcasters add HD programming to iTunes

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Oct 2008 14:02 User comments (2)

Major broadcasters add HD programming to iTunes Apple has announced that all four of the major TV broadcasters; ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, have agreed to offer programming in HD on the company's iTunes platform.
The shows will cost $2.99, a premium over the $1.99 for standard definition and the company says there are about 600 shows available in HD on iTunes now.

Since Apple announced limited HD programming last month, they have sold over 1 million HD shows, most being NBC content that returned to the store after a one year absence.

A few of the new notable shows added are ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," "Desperate Housewives," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Grey's Anatomy," "Life on Mars," "Lost," "Private Practice," "Samantha Who?" and "Ugly Betty." CBS programming includes "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "CSI: New York," "NCIS" and "Numb3rs." FOX shows include "Bones," "House," "Prison Break" and "Sons of Anarchy," from FX.

Although I am sure the shows will sell extremely well, I'm not sure I understand why when pretty much all the content is available for free (with limited ads), and in HD, elsewhere on sites such as Hulu.

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2 user comments

117.10.2008 0:49

I'm perfectly content sticking with the standard definition. If I buy a TV show on itunes, it's to watch it. My computer has less chance of crashing and running slower or freezing on SD video than HD. To me it's a waste of space and processing power. Since itunes video is incompatible with everything else, there's really no reason for me to shell out the extra dough for HD.

217.10.2008 12:09

I really wish you didn't need to download the iTunes player just to buy stuff from iTunes. They sell anime and i'd be interesting in buying some stuff if it was $2.99 for HD.

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