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Google Video vs. Amazon Video

Posted on 1.29.2006
The WSM Site-of-the-Day last Tuesday was ScribeStudio, a resource which helps users create training, informational and on-demand content through a hosted-video solution. Well, it looks as though once again WSM is on the cutting edge. Via ArsTechnica, a Variety article  stated that Amazon may launch a service to sell streaming movies by April. Apparently, reports from a variety of movie industry sources who say they have been working with Amazon to set up online delivery of movies for an upcoming launch.

"According to the uniformly unnamed sources, Amazon's vision includes a try before you buy model, where you could download or stream a movie for a fee, and apply that fee as a credit towards the purchase price of the corresponding DVD, should the content tickle your fancy. Another idea is to provide free downloadable versions along with regular DVD purchases, to draw in those who would rather swing by the closest Wal-Mart or FYE for their movie needs, because they just can't stomach waiting a couple of days for their DVDs to be delivered."

Can Amazon compete against Google Video?
Without a doubt, yes they can - and here is why. Amazon has an established network and system to sell products (and collect payments), Google does not (although it may in the future). Google cannot afford to host virtually unlimited free content as is commonly believed. Amazon can because they have they have the existing infrastructure to do so. I'll take the underdog - Amazon wins in a nail biter.
Pete Prestipino - WSM Managing Editor

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