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Cable Deal Has Sony Seeing Starz

25 Sep, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

The world of Internet movie downloading just got a little bit bigger.

Sony Pictures signed on with Starz Entertainment to release its library films via the cabler's PC video download subscription service Vongo, starting in October, as well as on Starz' traditional video-on-demand and pay-per-view services.

Starting next month, Vongo's cache will include Sony films. Starz will have the rights to more than 500 movies from the Sony library, including such hit films as Spider-Man, Men in Black, Bad Boys and Jerry Maguire, as well as Oscar winners Philadelphia and Ghandi and modern classics The Big Chill, Sleepless in Seattle, Groundhog Day and Taxi Driver.

"This agreement expands and strengthens the pipeline of great films coming to Vongo subscribers for many years," said Bob Greene, EVP of advanced services for Starz Entertainment.

The deal to offer movies on Starz Entertainment's Starz and Encore channels runs from 2008-14. The deal expands Starz relationship with Sony. The service is already the exclusive first-run premium cable channel outlet for all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's films.

Starz will also continue to offer new hit Sony movies such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby via its Vongo service, in a traditional PPV window.

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