August 22, 2006, 12:00 AM

CustomFlix Labs brings on-demand DVDs of `Charlie Rose` to Amazon.com

CustomFlix Labs, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, is making more than 1,000 broadcasts of “The Charlie Rose Show” available for on-demand ordering at Amazon, it said yesterday.

CustomFlix Labs, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, is making more than 1,000 broadcasts of “The Charlie Rose Show” available for on-demand ordering at Amazon, it said yesterday. CustomFlix writes DVDs with its partners’ content as they’re ordered, freeing its partners from having to maintain a physical inventory of DVDs.

“For years, The Charlie Rose Show has been looking for a way to offer current and past programs quickly and reliably to viewers who want them," says Rose, whose nightly talk show is broadcast on PBS. "Amazon.com and CustomFlix have developed an efficient and cost-effective way of doing just that. Now our viewers can order and receive a DVD of the programs of their choice in just a matter of days."

CustomFlix also recently announced that it was working with CBS News to also sell DVDs of news programs, but under a new “Create Your Own DVD” service that lets buyers select a mix of programs by titles and dates.

Other CustomFlix content partners include NBC Universal, which makes available DVDs of its “Today Show” and other programs, and the Arts & Entertainment Network. CustomFlix also partners with "thousands of independent filmmakers," a spokeswoman says.

CustomFlix provides three channel options for selling DVDs: a content provider’s own web site, CustomFlix.com and Amazon.com.

CustomFlix charges its partners volume-based basic unit fees based on monthly unit sales volume, on top of which its partners set their own retail prices, the spokeswoman says. The fees are $4.95 per DVD for more than 50 DVDs per month, $5.95 for 20-49 DVDs, and $7.95 for 1-19 DVDs.

CustomFlix also charges a $50 set-up fee, which is waived for selling on Amazon.com.

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