Owners of Tivo's popular digital video recorders (DVR) will soon be able to download films and television shows for rental and purchase from Amazon.com, the two companies announced Wednesday.
"Amazon Unbox on Tivo" is an extension of Amazon Unbox, the online retailer's digital download service, launched in September 2006. Neither company indicated a launch date for the service, except to indicate that it was now available for beta testing.
The service is only available to users in North America.
Tivo owners must have a Series 2 or Series 3 DVR, an Amazon.com account, and a broadband connection to use the service. Tivo said about 1.5 million of its machines are enabled to use it.
Episodes of television programs will sell for US$1.99 each, with films priced between US$9.99 and US$14.99. Films can be rented for US$1.99. A record of all purchases will be kept both on the DVR and in the user's Amazon.com, account, the company said.
Amazon said content would be available from film and television studios including CBS, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment.