Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Disney to sell movies over the Web through CinemaNow

Walt Disney is the latest Hollywood studio to offer movies for sale via the Internet by providing films like recent thriller "Flightplan" to CinemaNow.

CinemaNow, which is based in Santa Monica, Calif., said Disney's home video division, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, will offer movies on a download-to-own basis for PCs and portable devices on the same day they are available on DVD, starting June 6th.

Two web destinations seem to be inking all the key deals in the online world right now, CinemaNow and long time rival Movielink.

And like the standards wars for video and DVD formats the studios are backing two horses. Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Pictures offer download-to-own films via Movielink. While CinemaNow offers movies from Sony, MGM and LionsGate Entertainment.

But it won't be long before the big boys Yahoo, Google, Amazon and Apple will be breathing down their necks.

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