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Turner Announces GameTap Subscription Rate
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posted by: Shawn Rider
publisher: Turner Broadcasting
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date posted: 11:52 AM Tue Aug 23rd, 2005
last revision: 11:53 AM Tue Aug 23rd, 2005

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Click to read.Turner Broadcasting is launching a new broadband entertainment network called GameTap this Fall. GameTap will offer gamers broadband access to a large catalog of PC games, ranging from current hits to classic titles. Today, Turner has announced that its service will be available at a subscription rate of $14.95/month as well as a free two-week trial subscription for anyone interested in the service.

The price point is competitive with other subscription services, and in their press release Turner notes that they have based their prices on MMORPG subscription rates. They also note that the price and trial period is competitive with subscription DVD and game rental sites such as Netflix and GameFly. Of course, the difference between these services and GameTap is that: 1) Users will get access to the entire catalog of GameTap offerings, not a single game (as with an MMORPG). 2) GameTap does not involve any physical media -- all games are downloaded to your computer from the GameTap servers.

The GameTap service is also set to leverage Turner\'s broadcasting experience against existing games-on-demand services such as Yahoo! Games On Demand, which offers similar subscription and download services. You can find our coverage of Yahoo!\'s service here.

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