Amazon's Digital Video sneak peek: "Amazon Unbox"
It seems Amazon might soon be launching their digital video download store, called "Amazon Unbox Video
". According to what I can find, it'll have purchase and rental capability, as well as support for devices other than your PC (Your TV and Creative Zen Vision at least). They also have a standalone video player, somewhat like iTunes (Windows XP and Windows NT only it seems)
Here are screenshots of the pages and the player. Click pic to see it large.
Player download page:
20th Century Fox content page:
Amazon Unbox Player Screens (I was able to install, but not log in with the player, so these are how it appears offline)
Player (initial screen)
Player (details shown - prod info/pics/imdb info)
Player ("player" tab)
Player ("devices" tab)
Note that the main Unbox Video page is still a 404 (http://amazon.com/b/?node=16261631), and that many images are broken, and video detail pages do not work. Here are the pages on Amazon where I found these screens above (they aren't linked from anywhere in Amazon that I can find)
20th Century Fox page
I discovered this by first reading a post over on HackingNetflix.com, about the digital video. I looked at this cached Google page, and noticed the browse node for Digital Video was "16261631". Then I Googled for "amazon" and "16261631", and found these results for browsenodes.com - an automated way for Amazon Webservices folks to find and use browse node IDs. They even have nice links straight into Amazon, which is how I found all of this.
One disclaimer: yes I did used to work for Amazon (over 2 years ago), and still know quite a few folks there - but - I know nothing about this video launch, and discovered it all as I explain above. It seems quite close to done, I wonder how long until launch? (Or if this is already in some sort of Beta test)
8.17.2006 @ 9:31 PM
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