The Race Is On

The Sundance Channel has joined the rush to distribute online, partnering with Google Video, not iTunes. "The deal allows consumers to download their choice of 18 of the network's movie titles at $3.99 for a 24-hour rental or $9.99 to own. Three of the Sundance Channel's original series are available only for purchase starting at $1.99 an episode." Last month, AppleInsider reported that iTunes should be serving full-feature films by the year's end. It already provides access to shows from 32 channels -- including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. I bought a Daily Show With Jon Stewart episode this week (because I'd lost my own recording on ReplayTV). Quality was clearly not up to my own recording -- frame rate was too slow, action and audio were often out of sync. However, it was good enough for my purpose -- but not worth more than the $1.99 that I paid.…continue reading →