A reader told me to search on Google for "Amazon Digital Video" site:amazon.com. There was a lot of excitement earlier this month when AdAge reported that Amazon was launching an ad-free movie download service, so I started poking around.
I believe that this is the first peek at the upcoming Amazon Digital Video Service:
Very few of the menu options work, and the page is gone from the Amazon site (it's only available in the Google cache).
Note the menu options under the "Digital Video" tab:
Amazon Digital Video - The current page? Television Central - Will this be a link to the existing DVD/TV site, or a place to purchase episodes of TV shows? View Your Download Queue - Downloading movies, even over cable or DSL takes time, so this is probably a status screen and/or a digital locker. How to Get Video to Your TV - This is a huge problem, as very few people will want to watch movies on a computer screen.
At the bottom of the page there is one vendor listed: Lumiere. If you click through, you'll see a selection of movies with prices:
I checked Amazon's price for Napoleon Dynamite DVD, and it's $13.99, but $14.99 on the Lumiere page, so it might reference a digital version.
Does anyone else have any additional information about Lumiere or the Amazon Digital Video Service?
Update: I totally missed PaidContent's story and screen capture, which was the first to find the new Amazon site, before it was removed.