July 28, 2006 7:35 AM PDT
Paris Hilton and the Playboy Mansion on iTunes
E! Entertainment Television has announced that it, too, has entered a deal with Apple Computer to offer select shows for download on its iTunes store. Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton's show, "The Simple Life: 'Til Death Do Us Part," as well as Hugh Hefner's behind-the-scenes look at Playboy Mansion life in "The Girls Next Door," will be available for $1.99 per download. "The Soup," E!'s celebrity news and pop-culture mash-up, and plastic-surgery reality program "Dr. 90210," are also available.
Several networks have begun to make current television shows, as well as dusty old favorites, available on the popular online store. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. released the entire 113-episode collection of "Friends." While television networks have been eager to join the new revenue generator, Hollywood has been reluctant to let go of the stepped-window release paradigm for movies. Only recently are studios beginning to release films online to sites like BitTorrent, Guba and Wurld Media. There have been hints that Apple is developing an online movie store.