Feature films are coming to a website near you as Miramax Films, a division of Walt Disney, has teamed up with SightSound.com to put movies on the internet.
The studio's film portfolio includes such successes as Shakespeare in Love and The Cider House Rules, but it may be some time before such blockbusters appear online.
Miramax has yet to decide which films it will put on the internet, and stressed that the service is currently at a purely experimental stage to see whether it's something consumers will buy into.
Miramax said it will use SightSound.com's encryption and compression technology to put the features onto the internet. Consumers will be able to pay to view the film using a credit card: after a set period of 'rental time', the files will lock.
Most films currently on the internet are only around five to ten minutes long and consist of trailers and independent productions. This is primarily due to connection speeds and download times.
Using a DSL or modem connection, a feature film could be downloaded in under half an hour. With a 56K dial-modem connection, however, you would have to leave your PC connected overnight.
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