18/01/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
On February 1st 2008, Big Finish - the audio drama producer for the likes of Doctor Who, Sapphire and Steel, Judge Dredd - are launching a new, online download service from which customers can purchase and download science fiction and fantasy audio dramas as MP3 files.
"Listening habits have changed dramatically over the last ten years," BF director Jason Haigh-Ellery told SFcrowsnest. "More and more people are choosing to buy their music and audio online and listen to it either on their computer or on mp3 players like the iPod. We are delighted to be able to make Big Finish’s productions available in this new way."
Big Finish has customers outside of the UK but unfortunately, in recent times, exchange rates have pushed the price beyond the reach of some listeners.
"We have always done our best to keep the prices as low as possible for foreign customers,’ continues Haigh-Ellery. "Unfortunately though, the poor exchange rate with America, Australia and other countries has made this difficult. Now though, by offering downloadable versions of our plays, we can dramatically reduce the price as there is no extra expenditure on postage, packing and materials. We’re sure that this will be good news for our foreign customers."
Customers will be able to sample individual episodes of selected releases for 99p. The remainder of the production can then be downloaded by simply paying the balance. Although not available at launch, a subscription service will be introduced where customers can purchase several plays in advance of their release at a discounted rate.
But new Big Finish plays will continue to be released on CD simultaneously with the download version.
More over at www.bigfinish.com
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