NBC Shows Added to ITunes Video Lineup

Hit TV shows from NBC Universal Inc. will be available for purchase and download from Apple Computer's iTunes online media store, the companies announced. Already, Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple has sold 3 million videos since it launched its popular iPod video player in October with music videos and shows from ABC.

The new NBC lineup will allow users to download 11 new shows such as "Law & Order," "The Office," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" for $1.99 a show. Shows from Sci-Fi Network and USA Network, both affiliated with NBC, also will be available. Apple has more than 3,000 music and other videos for sale on iTunes, including more than 300 episodes of 16 shows.

"Apple has developed a distribution platform that is attractive to consumers while at the same time providing the safeguards against theft that are so important to us and to every content provider," NBC Universal chief executive Robert C. Wright said in a statement.


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Compiled from staff and news service reports.

Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store will carry downloads of select TV shows from NBC Universal Inc.