Amazon Starts Offering HD Movies and Shows

    April 22, 2009
    Chris Crum

Amazon announced today that HD TV shows are available for purchase, and HD movies are available for devices supporting Amazon Video On Deamnd.

There are over 500 shows and movies from major studios available in HD. Studios include Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Paramount, MGM, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Showtime. Popular titles they’re mentioning include Twilight, Smallville, Gossip Girl, Frost/Nixon, and Californication.

"Our customers have been asking us for two things: HD and the ability to watch movies and TV shows instantly on their television," says Amazon’s VP Music and Video Bill Carr.

Amazon Video On Demand

In addition to this announcement, Panasonic is now supporting Amazon Video On Demand with its Viera Cast HDTVs.

"It’s fitting that Panasonic and Amazon have joined creative forces to create this unique entertainment vehicle. Panasonic’s VIERA CAST HDTVs have garnered numerous best of awards, while Amazon is a pioneer in transforming in-home movie entertainment. The consumer will have access to a vast selection of movie and TV entertainment at their finger tips with just a click of a button."

Other devices supporting Amazon Video On Demand come from Roku, TiVo, and Sony. HD movie rentals from Amazon typically cost from $3.99 – $4.99. HD shows can be purchased for $2.99.