CinemaNow today announced an agreement with Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Warner Bros, to offer select movies on a download-to-own basis through its Web site (www.cinemanow.com)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment will also offer select new movies beginning with "Glory Road" on June 6th, which will coincide with the timing of its home entertainment window. This agreement will also allow on-demand viewers to move their content onto approved portable devices for a broader digital experience.
Movies initially offered on a download-to-own basis will include recent hits such as "Flightplan," as well as catalog favorites such as "The Insider." Additional movies available the same day as their DVD release will include "Eight Below" on June 20th and "Annapolis" on June 27th. Customers can purchase and download a legal, permanent copy of a Buena Vista Home Entertainment movie for unlimited playback on the download device.
"We are very proud to have been selected by Buena Vista Home Entertainment as an Internet company to distribute its movies on a download-to-own basis," said Bruce Eisen, President of CinemaNow. "Buena Vista Home Entertainment not only produces and distributes some of the highest quality movies in the world, but they have also been a leading force in the adoption of new distribution platforms and we are excited that they recognize CinemaNow as a leader in this emerging space."
"We are pleased about this broadband distribution opportunity which allows Buena Vista Home Entertainment to provide viewers with more flexibility in viewing their favorite new releases and catalog movies on this emerging distribution platform," commented Pat Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President of Sales, Distribution and Trade Marketing, Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
This television and movie content from Warner Bros. Entertainment joins CinemaNow's continually expanding electronic-sell-through consumer offerings. Starting today, the Warner Bros. Television series "Babylon 5" and "Dukes of Hazard" are available on CinemaNow with additional titles to be added soon. CinemaNow customers can choose to download legal, permanent copies of individual episodes or entire seasons of the WBTV content.
"We're very excited to add Warner Bros.' content to our electronic-sell-through offering and to be the first to make Warner Bros. Television's product available on the open Internet for purchase," said Bruce Eisen, President of CinemaNow. "We believe that Warner's large library of outstanding motion pictures and television shows will be very attractive to our customers."
Movies initially offered on a download-to-own basis will include recent hits such as "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," as well as catalog favorites such as "The Matrix" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." Movies available the same day as their DVD release will include "Firewall" on June 6th and "16 Blocks" on June 13th. CinemaNow's selection of both Warner Bros.' movies and television shows offered for electronic-sell-through will continue to grow in the months ahead.
"This is an important step for our U.S. distribution efforts," said Jim Wuthrich, SVP Digital Distribution, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. "This is one more way for consumers to enjoy Warner Bros. high quality digital entertainment."
Customers can purchase and download a legal, permanent copy of a Warner Bros. Entertainment movie or television show for unlimited playback on the download device. All content will be copy protected by Microsoft's Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.