iTunes tops 200 million TV downloads, new HD shows offered

Jim Dalrymple and David Braue
17 October, 2008
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Apple said on Thursday that its iTunes Store has sold over 200 million television episodes, including over one million episodes in HD. The company also said the four major networks will offer more shows in HD for the fall lineup.

CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC will offer US customers access to primetime shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost,” “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “Bones,” “Prison Break,” “Heroes” and “The Office” in HD for the upcoming season. iTunes’ HD lineup now includes over 30 shows from all of the networks.

The Australian iTunes Store doesn’t yet offer HD television content, but the success of the US store can’t hurt Apple’s negotiations with local networks.

HD shows on the iTunes Store cost $US2.99, while standard definition shows cost $US1.99.

In all, iTunes has a catalog of over eight million songs, over 30,000 TV episodes and over 2,500 films, including 600 in HD. You can download iTunes 8 for free from Apple’s Web site.

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