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Amazon Launches HD Movies, TV Shows

Top titles available include recently released movies "Twilight" and "Yes Man" and TV series "The Tudors" and "Gossip Girl." on Tuesday started offering high-definition movies and HD TV shows that can be viewed on PCs, or through Panasonic, Roku, Sony, or TiVo devices.

Amazon launched the services as people watch an increasing number of online video on a growing number of broadband connections. The acceptance of watching video over the Web is reflected in the growing popularity of sites like Hulu, owned by NBC and News Corp., and Google's YouTube, which surpassed 100 million viewers in the United States for the first time in January, according to ComScore.

Amazon is offering more than 500 HD movies and TV shows from major studios and networks, including Warner Bros. Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Showtime Networks. Top titles available include recently released movies Frost/Nixon , Twilight, and Yes Man, and TV series The Tudors , Smallville , and Gossip Girl .

HD movies will be available only for rent for between $3.99 and $4.99. TV shows are available for sale for $2.99. Buyers can watch the video on the Roku digital video player, the TiVo Series3, HD, and HD XL digital video recorders, and the Sony Bravia Internet Video Link. The content also can be watched on Panasonic Viera Cast HD TVs.

Amazon is not the first online company to offer HD movies and TV shows. Netflix, Blockbuster, and Apple iTunes offer such content. ITunes video is viewable on a PC or Mac or on a digital television via the Apple TV set-top box.

Netflix and Blockbuster have partnerships with hardware vendors that make devices that connect to a TV, such as DVD players and set-top boxes.

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