Hollywood to offer Internet movie downloads

By Derek Sooman on March 26, 2006, 3:00 AM
In seeking to combat piracy, Hollywood studios are to offer Internet movie downloads at the same time that major blockbusters enter retail stores in DVD form. Universal Pictures International plans to introduce a "download to own" service in Britain in partnership with LoveFilm, an online video rental company. The industry, which has been burned by illegal copying of DVDs and trading of movies on the Internet, is being forced to embrace digital distribution.

"Download-to-own has the potential to completely revolutionize the way people watch movies," said Peter Smith, president of Universal Pictures International, part of the NBC Universal division of General Electric. "The entertainment industry is changing rapidly, with the introduction of new delivery channels to consumers and an emphasis on instant access."




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crossfire851 said:
Piracy, Yea Boy
nimo333 said:
Downloading Movies should be as cheap as renting movies or somewhere close to that price range or it won't work.
PhoenixAurora said:
[b]Originally posted by nimo333:[/b][quote]Downloading Movies should be as cheap as renting movies or somewhere close to that price range or it won't work.[/quote]Considering the price of blank DVDs and such, it wouldn't hurt to keep the cost low for downloads... just go into the blank media market on the side, and all is well... I would think...
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