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CinemaNow, TiVo to Stream Disney Movies

23 Oct, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Broadband-enabled TiVo subscribers Oct. 28 will be able to stream new and classic Walt Disney movies directly to their television through a deal with download pioneer CinemaNow.

Titles include Dumbo, The Fox and the Hound and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and are available in standard definition starting at $2.99 each.

High-definition availability of Disney titles and other studio fare from CinemaNow is slated for 2009, according to a spokesperson.

Separately, Alviso, Calif.-based TiVo and Jaman.com announced a deal that allows TiVo users access to a series of Oscar-nominated documentaries, arthouse, foreign and film festival rentals (starting at $1.99), including Girl with a Pearl Earring, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Super Size Me, among others.

CinemaNow, which has about 14,000 titles from all the major studios, also inked a distribution deal with Dell whereby Hollywood movies will be preloaded for download on the PC manufacturer’s laptops.

Content will be made available for download throughout Dell’s entire line of PCs, media centers and portable devices, according to Ashley Woodworth, SVP of marketing with CinemaNow.

Woodworth said the service’s ongoing strategy is to imbed CinemaNow technology and content into third-party desktop and portable media devices.

“Ideally, we are gunning for connectivity within the living room,” she said. “We will be rolling out [our service] on another wave of portable media devices in the fourth quarter and early next year so we touch on everything except the iPod.”

CinemaNow previously announced distribution deals with HP, Microsoft Xbox 360, Dish TV, Samsung and Pioneer — some of which incorporate Sonic Solutions’ Qflix software that allows for downloading and burning of content to a blank DVD.


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