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ESPN Considers iTunes Video Deal
Monday, December 5th, 2005 at 5:10 PM - by
ESPN is considering a deal with Apple to offer TV shows through the iTunes Music Store, according to a Reuters report. The report was based on comments from ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer. ESPN is a division of the Walt Disney Co., which was the first Big Media company to offer content from both the Disney Channel and ABC through the iTMS.
Mr. Bodenheimer made the comments at the UBS Global Media Conference, where he said, "We're not just in the TV business anymore ... We're going to the table as a sports media company."
Apple's video downloads are technically available for Macs, PCs, and video-capable iPods, though currently they are only offered in resolutions that match the iPod's 320 x 240, half the resolution of standard TVs.
Apple began offering episodes from five TV shows at US$1.99 per episode through the iTMS on October 12th, the same day the video iPod was launched. No other distribution deals have since been announced, though TiVo announced plans to make it easier for TiVo subscribers to transfer TV shows recorded on TiVo DVRs to both iPods and Playstation Portables.
TV execs are reportedly unhappy with TiVo over said plans, and there have been some reports of Big Media plans to compete with iTunes in the distribution business.
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