Amazon just got even better today with the launch of its Amazon Unbox Video Store and companion Windows-only video player. In addition to offering episodes of top TV shows such as Prison Break, Numb3rs, Laguna Beach, 24, and CSI (each for $1.99), Unbox also sells and rents out full-length feature films by huge studios like Universal, Fox Searchlight, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Rentals start at $3.99 apiece and download-to-own movies are about $14, with new releases topping out at a not-too-friendly $20 and older movies selling for a more-reasonable-but-still-not-great $10. There are thousands of titles to choose from, so now might be the time to sign up for the Visa that offers Amazon gift certificate rewards.
For a limited time, Amazon will take $1.99 off the cost of your first rental or purchase. Since most TV shows are priced at $1.99 each, they’re basically giving away a free episode just for trying out their new service. Earlier, they were also offering $20 worth of free videos with the purchase of a 30GB Creative Zen Vision:M, which implies that video playback on compatible portable devices should be pretty painless, but the promotion isn’t on the site anymore (at least not right now). In any case, I’ll try it out and report back soon.