Dear fellow fans of Heroes and The Office: If you panicked last week when iTunes dropped NBC shows, you can relax now. Amazon's Unbox digital download service will be carrying NBC's shows. How much will they be sold for? Well, as of now the old episodes are still $1.99, but it's not clear how those prices will change. Here is an excerpt of the story running on the wires:
NBC IN DEAL WITH AMAZON TO SELL SHOWS ON THE WEB
By BROOKS BARNES
c.2007 New York Times News Service
NBC Universal significantly deepened its relationship with Amazon's digital video download service after a dispute with Apple over the pricing of television shows on iTunes.
The media conglomerate, part of General Electric, said Tuesday that Amazon had agreed to give it something that Apple would not: greater flexibility in the pricing and packaging of video downloads. As a result, NBC Universal said it had agreed to sell a wide variety of television programming on Amazon's fledgling Unbox download service, including the drama "Heroes'' and the comedies "The Office'' and "30 Rock." Episodes will be available on Unbox the day after they are shown.
While Amazon is still working to determine pricing, Unbox typically charges more for newer releases than for older ones. Unbox also gives consumers more options, including whether to rent a movie for $3.99 or buy a download for $14.99. Amazon agreed to offer promotions, including a 30 percent discount when buying full seasons of television shows.