SHOWTIME & Apple Offer Premium Cable Programming on the iTunes Music Store
iTunes Music Store Now Offers More Than 50 TV Shows; Video Downloads Top 12
NEW YORK and CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 7 -- CBS Corporation's
Showtime Networks and Apple(R) today announced that premium cable programming
from SHOWTIME, including recent Golden Globe(R) nominees "Sleeper Cell" and
"Weeds," is now available on the iTunes(R) Music Store (http://www.itunes.com). With
the addition of SHOWTIME hit programming, iTunes now offers more than 50
popular TV shows available for just $1.99 per episode for viewing on a
computer or iPod(R). The iTunes Music Store is the world's most popular video
download store with more than 12 million videos purchased and downloaded.
"iTunes allows fans of these hit Showtime programs to purchase and watch
them in an innovative way," said Matthew C. Blank, chairman of Showtime
Networks. "It is also a tremendous opportunity for non- subscribers to sample
"We're thrilled to expand the iTunes video catalog with premium content
programming from Showtime," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes.
"With over 12 million videos sold, iTunes provides the best way for consumers
to discover, purchase and download video online."
SHOWTIME programming on the iTunes Music Store covers a variety of current
and previous-season content. Programs include the first full season of the
critically acclaimed Golden Globe(R) nominee, "Sleeper Cell," the complete
first season of the groundbreaking "Weeds," starring Golden Globe(R) award-
winning actress Mary Louise Parker; and the complete first season of "Fat
Actress," starring Kirstie Alley.
With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated
video and Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with
iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the
best way for Mac(R) and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download
music and videos online.
The iTunes Music Store features a selection of over 3,000 music videos,
Pixar and Disney short films, a variety of hit TV shows, and more than two
million songs from the major music companies and over 1,000 independent
labels. Pricing & Availability iTunes 6 for Mac and Windows includes the
iTunes Music Store and is available as a free download from
http://www.apple.com/itunes. Purchase and download of songs and videos from the
iTunes Music Store requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the
country of purchase. Television shows are available in the US only, and video
availability varies by country. Television shows are $1.99 (US) per episode,
and music videos and short films are $1.99 (US) each.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-
winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and
professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music
revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS
Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME, THE
MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME TOO,
SHOWTIME SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME, SHOWTIME BEYOND, SHOWTIME NEXT, SHOWTIME
WOMEN, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE and TMC XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE
MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND. SNI is
also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL, a venture of NBC Universal,
Robert Redford and SNI. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby
Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for
exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV.
Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is
available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.
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