AOL to Sell Video Online by July

Posted on March 8, 2006

AOL is joining the rush to sell video online. Reuters reports that AOL plans to have a paid video download service online by the middle of this year.
The expansion of AOL's video service, which will combine free and pay-per-download shows from established programmers and user-created video clips, aims to address complaints about the rigid pricing structure and the mix of available programing on iTunes.

It also puts the Dulles, Virginia unit in competition with Yahoo Inc., which this week said it planned to scale back on creating original programing, and Google Inc..

The service will sell Time Warner-owned shows and those created by other programmers and networks, the company said, declining to name partners.
AOL will compete directly with existing services from Apple, Yahoo and Google. Amazon also plans to offer video downloads and Morgan Freeman's firm ClickStar plans to offer original film downloads online.