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Apple To Offer HD TV Shows On iTunes and Apple TV

Apple announced on Thursday that all four of the major networks - ABC, Fox, NBC and CBS - would offer their high-definition (HD) TV shows on its iTunes application and claimed that it had sold around 1million TV episodes since the format was introduced last month.

There are a total of 70 prime-time shows available on Apple’s iTunes and the new additions include Bones and Prison Break from Fox, CSI and CSI: Miami airing on CBS, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy from ABC, and The Office from NBC.

Apple has sold over 200 million HD TV episodes in three years on iTunes at standard rates of USD1.99 for TV episodes, and USD2.99 for HD programs.

According to an analyst firm In-Stat, the online video market would jump to a whopping USD4.5 billion from USD1.2 billion this year, and companies offering services at flat monthly charge are likely to eventually lead the market.

In a statement, Apple’s VP of Internet Services, Eddy Cue said, “With over 200 million episodes sold, iTunes customers have proven they love watching television on their computer, iPod, iPhone, and TV with Apple TV.”

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.