CinemaNow yesterday began
the big step of offering legal DVD’s for download across the web. In a move
that will surely have others reacting quickly; CinemaNow edges ahead of the
competition by virtue of their agreements with big-name movie companies and
modest prices. With fully featured DVD’s going for as little as £5, users will receive
all the benefits they would come to expect from a retail copy, with the added
bonus of having it on your computer and on a burned DVD disc that can be played
on any standard DVD player. Launch titles include “Charlie's Angels: Full
Throttle” and “Scent of a Woman”, with CinemaNow expecting over 1,000 titles to
available over the coming months. More info here.
This could well be the beginnings of an industry sea change that the music industry has been experienced ever since the introduction of downloadable music. Rumours are rife that Apple plan to introduce a similar service that would integrate with iTunes and a new video iPod. However, don’t get carried away just yet – CinemaNow’s service is limited and only available in the U.S.
More info here.
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