Amazon, Hollywood discuss movie downloads

— 4:35 PM on March 10, 2006

Amazon is in advanced talks with several major movie studios over a potential download service for movies and TV shows. Sources claim that the studios, which reportedly include Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros, are "enthusiastic" about the proposal, and that an agreement "might come soon." It's also believed that Amazon will use the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), which it currently owns, to direct users to the download service. Users may even be able to burn copies of the movies they download to DVD.

It's already been reported that Amazon is in talks with major music labels over a proposed music service. With TV and movie downloads added to the mix, such a service could be a potent competitor for iTunes.

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