Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 05:30 am PT (08:30 am ET)
SHOWTIME cable hits now on iTunesCBS Corporations Showtime Networks and Apple today announced that premium cable programming from SHOWTIME, including recent Golden Globe nominees "Sleeper Cell" and "Weeds," is now available on the iTunes Music Store.
With the addition of SHOWTIME hit programming, iTunes now offers more than 50 popular TV shows for $1.99 per episode for viewing on a computer or iPod. The iTunes Music Store is the worlds most popular video download store with more than 12 million videos purchased and downloaded since last October, Apple also announced.
"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 Showtimes programming."
"Were thrilled to expand the iTunes video catalog with premium content programming from Showtime," said Eddy Cue, Apples 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 nominee, "Sleeper Cell," the complete first season of the groundbreaking "Weeds," starring Golden Globe award-winning actress Mary Louise Parker; and the complete first season of "Fat Actress," starring Kirstie Alley.
Apple's iTunes Music Store, which initially sold only audio tracks, now 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.
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