Amazon Launching Video Streaming Service

System similar to Netflix and others, but stores movies and shows on the Web for watching anywhere.

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Amazon is reportedly launching a streaming video service that it has been promising for some weeks. The service will join its Unbox downloads. But the only indication today at the site is mention of a beta test that's closed to newcomers. Ian Paul at PCWorld got a look at the service, which is to give instant access to 40,000 movies and TV shows.

He reports the system is better than Netflix's in that videos will also stream to Macs, but is inferior in image quality. He didn't mention testing a feature that also sets the service apart from Apple's iTunes—Amazon will store the videos on its site. That will allow viewing from any computer the renter uses to log in.


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