Amazon Offers Free On-Demand Viewing With Select DVD & Blu-ray Purchases
There are a few catches to the Disc+ On Demand service, however. Most notably:
- Selection: Currently, there only about 300 titles that are part of the Disc+ On Demand offering. That's a relatively small selection considering Amazon sells hundreds of thousands of DVDs.
- Quality: All Disc+ On Demand downloads are standard definition only so you won't get high-definition streaming versions of the movies.
- Limitations: Amazon treats the downloads in the same way as Amazon Video On Demand rentals. This means you'll have a 24 hour or 30-day window to view the film. You'll also need to provide a U.S. address for licensing issues.
Currently, the Disc+ On Demand offering is a limited time only promotion. If the service takes off, we hope Amazon will make it a more permanent offering and expand the titles and quality of downloads available. If the service becomes a great success, Amazon would be the perfect company to expand the concept to books and eBooks as well as MP3s and CDs.