DCD Media-owned Digital Classics DVD is to make classical music and arts programs available online.

The Digital Classics download service launched March 14 at www.digitalclassics.co.uk with more than 150 titles, featuring arias sung by some of the world's greatest opera stars such as English soprano Felicity Lott and American baritone Thomas Hampson.

Also available to download as complete concerts and individual works are programs with conductor Sir Georg Solti, Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff and Polish composer-conductor Krzysztof Penderecki.

All files will be suitable for PC, Mac and portable media devices such as iPods, on a download-to-own basis. Prices per title will range from £0.79p ($1.57) to £6.99 ($13.86).

Said Chris Hunt, CEO of DCD Media, "Although the video download market is still relatively immature, the industry is forecast to grow at an exponential rate during the next five years and we want to maximise all new revenue opportunities."